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Yearly Archives: 2008

Congratulations, Main University graduates!

On Saturday, December 6, CRYP celebrated our most recent Main University class with a special graduation ceremony and lunch reception.

Course offerings for the six-week fall semester, which start in mid-October with 31 participants, included Team Building, which incorporated trust games and learning to work together; Denizens of the Deep, focusing on the ocean and marine life; Welcome to the Jungle, all about rainforest flora and fauna; and The Ultimate Playlist, a course that outlined different musical genres. Volunteers living and working at CRYP’s The Main Youth Center taught the courses, and children ages 4 to 12 were eligible to participate. Students had to attend four classes to graduate.

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Peace and Dignity runners complete epic 7-month journey

We’ve received word from Jose Malvido, northern route coordinator for Peace and Dignity Journeys 2008, that the seven-month, 7,500-plus-mile “Eagle & Condor Unite” run has come to an end at Panama’s Kuna Nation. The runners arrived on Friday, November 14.

“We have had the opportunity to have many blessings on this journey; we have seen many places and prayed with thousands upon thousands of peoples throughout the north,” Malvido said prior to the runners’ arrival. “This journey has also had its challenges and tragedies. These prayers and memories, hopes, dreams, will all come together in Panama on November 14.”

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Holiday parties in the works, Christmas toy drive continues until Dec. 25

Thanks to the generosity of countless individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations, children on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River reservation are looking forward to a festive and fun holiday season despite the nation’s current economic crisis.

CRYP continues to seek donations and additional volunteer support for its annual Christmas Toy Drive, and its staff and volunteers are hard at work preparing for two special holiday celebrations and, of course, delivery of the eagerly anticipated Christmas gifts to more than 1,000 children.

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Preparations under way for Christmas toy drive

Although the last of this season’s autumn leaves have yet to hit the ground, the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, know that the holidays are rapidly approaching. With less than nine weeks to go before Christmas, they are already hard at work on the CRYP Christmas Toy Drive.

The youth project has conducted its annual toy drive for more than a decade. Each year, children write letters to Santa during the fall months, and then CRYP forwards their letters to churches, service groups, individual donors and various organizations for fulfillment.

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History Wall opens in Cokata Wiconi Teen Center

After years of planning and nine busy months of research, interviews and curating, we’ve officially dedicated the History Wall in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center.

A permanent exhibition of documents, photographs and other materials that tell the history of the four bands of Lakota who comprise the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the History Wall is now available for public viewing.

“We welcome our local youth, members of our community and visitors who would like to learn more about what it means to be Lakota,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “When we designed Cokata Wiconi, we wanted to build a place that would represent past, present and future, and the History Wall is a critical component of that vision. I hope the community embraces it, and that it will continue to evolve.”

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Itinerary set for 20th anniversary celebration, reunion

The youth project is inviting volunteer alumni, the press, the Cheyenne River community and any interested members of the general public to join in our 20th Anniversary weekend, scheduled for Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30 to Sept. 1).

“The 20th Anniversary weekend will give those who have never been to our youth project a chance to see our Main Youth Center, Cokata Wiconi Teen Center and Winyan Toka Win naturally grown garden, and to learn about the many different programs we offer to support Cheyenne River’s children and families,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We’ve come such a long way since we started as an all-volunteer center in the former Little Brown Jug tavern, and now we’re ready to celebrate!”

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CRYP launches supply drive: ‘Fundamentals to Cheyenne River’

In conjunction with our 20th Anniversary Celebration, CRYP is launching a general supply drive to support the many programs and services it has developed and maintained during its two decades of service on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Titled “Fundamentals to Cheyenne River,” the supply drive officially got under way in this month.

“We named the supply drive to reflect the fact that we’re asking for items that help us to meet the needs of our youth, teen and family participants,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “These basic needs include canned foods, clothing, educational supplies, arts and crafts supplies and home furnishings, such as beds and bedding.”

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Thanks for the cleaning supplies, Ecologic Solutions!

This month we received an eagerly anticipated donation of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies from EcoLogic Solutions.

The Brooklyn-based company specializes in producing ecofriendly, bio-based cleaning products as well as providing environmental sustainability consulting.

Cleaning supplies routinely comprise a major component of our wish list.

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Tickets now available for star-quilt raffle

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has announced that its volunteers are selling raffle tickets for a queen-size, handmade star quilt called “Shades of Spring Green.”

The fundraiser is already under way; tickets are priced at $1 each and will be available until the end of the business day on Thursday, July 17. The raffle drawing will take place on Friday, July 18.

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CRYP hosts Peace and Dignity Journey runners

Peace and Dignity Journeys 2008 touched the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation on Thursday, July 3, when this year’s journey runners visited CRYP en route to their final destination in Panama.

Peace and Dignity Journeys began its spiritual runs in 1992. The run takes place every four years and starts with indigenous runners on opposite ends of North and South America. These runners continue onward for six months, running through hundreds of indigenous communities in North, South and Central America, and ultimately meet at the Kuna Nation in Panama City, Panama. Their meeting at the center of the hemisphere symbolizes the joining together of all indigenous peoples.

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