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Monthly Archives: January 2008

CRYP receives $21,500 grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth

The Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, recently announced that it has been making scholarships available to cover rental fees at Cokata Wiconi, its new teen center. CRYP received a 2007 grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth to support these scholarships, which total $21,500 and will be available throughout the 2008 fiscal year, which started on July 1, 2007, and ends on June 30, 2008.

The scholarships are available to qualifying youth organizations that are unable to pay usage fees to rent activity or event space at Cokata Wiconi. The teen center’s gymnasium, Internet Café, dance studio, art studio and classrooms are popular among groups from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and the nearby Standing Rock Reservation for rental.

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Bringing Christmas joy to more than 1,000 children

For the second year in a row, the Cheyenne River Youth Project delivered thousands of Christmas gifts – as well as immeasurable joy and hope – to more than 1,000 children on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. While CRYP has conducted its wellknown toy drive for more than a decade, it is only in recent years that the program has had the broad partner and volunteer support that it needs to reach so many families in Eagle Butte as well as throughout the small communities scattered across the 2.8 million-acre West River reservation.

Joy and hope are much needed here. The unfortunate reality is that this isolated reservation, which lies on the high prairie more than 90 miles from the nearest city and 120 miles from the state’s primary interstate highway, comprises two of the nation’s poorest counties. Unemployment rates are nearly 76%, which means there is little money for necessities, and even less for the toys, books, movies, art supplies, fashion items and other little delights that infuse a childhood with imagination, fun and happiness.

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