Monthly Archives: August 2011

Midnight Basketball Season Ends with 5-on-5 Tournament

On Friday, August 19, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted its final Midnight Basketball event of the summer season. The highlight of the evening was a 5-on-5 tournament with double elimination, and 73 teens converged on the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center to enjoy the fun. “The teens configured their own teams and named them,” said Whitney Clapp, youth programs assistant. “They were so excited and happy to be there. Their attitude and smiles said it all.”

This year’s tournament teams were The Commod Squad, Team Pippen, Nike Elite and the Hyperizers. The Hyperizers — Seven Annis, Tristan Pretty Weasel, Jeffrie Shaving, Nate Widow and Tate Widow — won the tournament, with Team Pippen in second place and Nike Elite in third. The first-place winners received sports sweatshirts purchased by CRYP, while the second-place team members took home Taco John’s gift cards, courtesy of the local Taco John’s franchise at the Eagle Stop.

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Annual School Supplies Drive Serves Approximately 450 Children

“It was a really busy day,” LaPlante said of the August 17 distribution. “The best part was that we could see the joy on the kids’ faces as they chose what they needed. They were so excited.” Supplies included backpacks for grades 1-12, protractors, compasses, calculators, mechanical pencils, writing tablets for preschoolers and kindergartners, fat pencils, fat crayons, folders, pencil cases, notebook paper, kid-friendly scissors, erasers, glue sticks, pencils, pens and rulers.

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Keya Cafe Will Open for Meals During Labor Day Weekend

Festivities Also Will Include Farmers Market, Live Music, Parade Float and Special Raffle

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (August 22, 2011) — On the Cheyenne River reservation in north-central South Dakota, Labor Day weekend is one of the most eagerly anticipated holiday weekends on the calendar. Residents and visitors alike turn out in droves for the annual wacipi (powwow), rodeo and fair, which includes an array of carnival rides. This year, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is making a major contribution to the festivities with its Farmers Market, a special raffle for an iPod Touch and, perhaps most exciting of all, the opening of its new Keya Cafe. The fun will kick off at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 2 with the Farmers Market, located at the entrance to CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus near the stop sign. At the market, visitors may purchase fresh produce from Winyan Toka Win, the youth project’s 2-acre, naturally grown garden. Canned goods also will be available.

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Teens Attend “Youth Leaders in Service” Camp in Yellowstone National Park

Youth Leadership Camp

Late last year, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, received a Learn and Serve America grant to implement “Youth Leaders in Service,” a program that enables area youth to develop youth-led service projects that beautify and clean up their community. Since then, an impressive number of teens on the Cheyenne River reservation have attended YLS events and meetings — and earlier this month, two of them were selected to participate in a special YLS camp in Yellowstone National Park.

Bozeman-based Hopa Mountain organized and sponsored the event at the Luccock Park Camp near Livingston, Montana, on August 1-4. Eva Town, 15, and Meta Charger, 17, traveled from South Dakota to the camp, with Billie Condon, CRYP’s Power of Four youth mentor, and Whitney Clapp, CRYP’s youth programs assistant, serving as chaperones.

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CRYP Conducts Staff Training Week, Formally Introduces Four Additional Staff Members

This summer, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, conducted its first formal series of professional staff training seminars. Not only did the weeklong training sessions offer important guidance and instruction in a variety of topics, they provided an opportunity for every CRYP staff member to learn about and better understand each other’s role in the organization.

According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, staff training demonstrates the organization’s commitment to a long-term, sustainable future. “We’ve been working toward this level of structure and professionalism for quite a long time, and it’s been very important to me personally,” Garreau said. “Our first step, about four years ago, was to develop a formal organizational plan. We needed to have an established process for everything we do, and we needed to have official guidelines for every department and virtually every conceivable situation.”

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“Power of Four” Teens Interns Enjoy Storytelling Time with Lakota Elders


Historically, the oral tradition was a critical element of Lakota culture. It also was a tragic casualty of the boarding-school era, those decades when children were removed from their families, villages and indigenous culture; as a result, later generations were not familiar with family histories, traditional Lakota stories or even the day-to-day realities experienced by their forebears.Last week, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, did its part to reconnect local children with that oral tradition through the first of what it hopes will be many “Storytellers” events. On Tuesday, July 26 and Friday, July 29, young children who attend The Main Youth Center were able to spend time with two respected Lakota elders for afternoons of stories, memories, laughter and hugs.

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Teen Interns Enjoy New Experiences through “Power of Four”

Teens on the Cheyenne River reservation in north-central South Dakota are learning valuable leadership, life, job and wellness skills on a daily basis, thanks to the Power of Four internship program at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte. Billie Condon, Power of Four youth mentor, recently announced that six interns are attending twice-monthly meetings and are taking part in regular job rotations at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center.

“The kids are so enthusiastic, we now host our Power of Four meetings twice per month instead of just once,” Condon said. “We also arranged our job rotations so the teens move into new positions every two weeks. They really like that, and they’ve told us that they really appreciate how organized it is.”

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CRYP Earned more than $1,000 with Its First-Ever “Cow Patty Bingo” at Hometown Days

Cow Patty Bingo

On Friday, July 22, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® hosted its first-ever game of “Cow Patty Bingo” in conjunction with Eagle Butte Hometown Days. Designed as a fundraiser, Cow Patty Bingo earned more than $1,000; more than $400 was awarded to the first-place winner, with more than $600 supporting the 23-year-old, not-for-profit organization’s youth programming and family services.

Staff and volunteers sold bingo slots at $5 apiece, or five slots for $20, and they prepared a giant bingo grid on the parking lot at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus. Amused festival-goers gathered on the day of the event to watch Ted Miner Jr.’s cow stroll the parking lot.

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