Monthly Archives: June 2012

CRYP Will Host Third Annual Family Day Festivities on Thursday, July 5

On Thursday, July 5, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte will host its third annual Family Day festival at its East Lincoln Street Campus. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the grounds and in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium, and it will be open free to the public.

Not only will all Family Day participants receive raffle tickets when they arrive, they’ll have an opportunity to win prizes through the Family Olympics. This year’s games include a potato-sack race, egg-balancing race, tug-of-war, piggyback-ride race, potato dance, wheelbarrow race, egg toss, water-balloon toss, softball toss, obstacle-course race and bobbing for apples. Exciting additions this year: “Fear Factor,” inspired by the popular TV show that challenges contestants to eat disgusting foods, and “Drip Drip Splash,” which promises to be a delightfully messy affair with sponges, buckets and plenty of water.

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CRYP Names New Board of Directors for 2012-13 Fiscal Year

On Saturday, June 8, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® held its annual end-of-fiscal-year board meeting at its East Lincoln Street campus in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Not only was it a rare opportunity for all board members to visit with CRYP staff in person and hear detailed presentations from all departments, the board voted to elect new officers and add a new director.

After more than 10 years of service, CRYP Board President Betsy Mitchell and Vice President Peggy Gallipo chose to step down from their respective offices. Replacing Mitchell as president is Holly A. Annis, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the CRST tribal attorney.

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CRYP Releases 13-minute Video Produced by Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous People

Thanks to the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous People, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has recorded and released a 13-minute video that tells the story of this unique, not-for-profit, nearly 25-year-old youth organization. Production took place in May, with a little three-minute trailer serving as a teaser on the CRYP website.

Until a few days ago. The full video is now public; DVDs are available, and the video also can be viewed on CRYP’s home page at www.lakotayouth.org.

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June Events Include International Night, Midnight Basketball and Concert

Summer is in full swing at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, and staff and volunteers are hard at work preparing a variety of special events as well as the regularly scheduled youth and teen center programming. In the next 10 days, for example, Cheyenne River’s young people will enjoy “International Night,” Midnight Basketball, Junior Midnight Basketball and a special concert by Tiana Spotted Thunder.

International Night is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 and will be open free to Cheyenne River community members of all ages. According to Tammy Granados, CRYP’s wellness coordinator, the evening allows CRYP long-term volunteers to share food, cultural activities and information from their native countries.

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Respected Elder and Longtime CRYP Volunteer Romey Garreau Turns 75 Years Old

On Friday, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte will be honoring one of its longtime volunteers: Romey Garreau, a respected community elder who will celebrate his 75th birthday on June 15. Garreau has been volunteering with the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization for a decade.

Grandson of William Garreau and Jennie On The Lead, a survivor of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, Garreau was born in 1937 to Gilbert and Delphine Garreau at the old Cheyenne River Agency, now under Lake Oahe waters near the Highway 212 bridge. Raised at the agency and at his parents’ home north of Ridgeview, he attended school through the eighth grade.

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Local Dairy Queen “Sweet Tooth for Youth” Fundraiser Raises $1,750 for the Cheyenne River Youth Project

Funding Will Offset Summer Utility Costs & Help Meet Youth Programming Needs

The numbers are in, and they’re exciting: Not only did the annual Dairy Queen “Sweet Tooth for Youth” Fundraiser bring in $1,750 to support the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, the grand total comes to $3,500 thanks to a generous matching grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community in Minnesota.

“This past February, the Shakopee tribe gave us a $25,000 grant to support our operations during a very difficult time” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “In addition, they said they would match donated funds up to $75,000 through February of next year, so when we received this check from our local Dairy Queen, it was immediately doubled.

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CRYP to Host Running Strong for American Indian Youth® Summer Youth Feeding Program

CRYP is Serving Meals at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday Through Friday at Cokata Wiconi

On the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in remote north-central South Dakota, many children rely on their schools’ breakfast and lunch programs to get two full, healthy meals a day. After school, they turn to the Cheyenne River Youth Project® on East Lincoln Street, where they can get a nutritious snack and hearty supper before going home for the evening.

But what happens to those families whose children are too young to attend The Main Youth Center or the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center? And what do they do if they have no resources for even one full meal a day? The hard reality of life on Cheyenne River is that families struggle to even pay for gas money to reach the grocery store, much less purchase all the food they need to take care of their children.

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Teen Leaders Travel to Washington, DC for Five Days of Meetings, Attractions and Fun

American writer and painter Henry Miller once noted, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” On May 22-27, six “Power of Four” teen leaders from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation learned this first-hand as they left their north-central South Dakota home and traveled to Washington, D.C. for five days of high-level meetings, cultural attractions and unadulterated fun in the heart of the nation’s capital.

For many of the young people, this trip meant a lot of firsts: first airplane flight, first trip east of the Mississippi, first escalator, first metro ride and first time hailing a cab. But as exciting and memorable as those firsts were, they paled in comparison to what CRYP had in store for them, through the generous assistance of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Fredericks Peebles & Morgan.

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