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Monthly Archives: July 2012

CRYP Prepares to Welcome Peace and Dignity Journey Runners on July 28

Youth Organization Encourages Supporters to Provide Funding or Supplies and Join Runners During Their Stay on the Cheyenne River Reservation

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (July 23, 2012) – On Saturday, July 28, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will welcome the 2012 Peace & Dignity Journeys runners as they make their way through South Dakota en route to their final destination in Guatemala. The nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization also will host the runners during their stay in Eagle butte.

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 ancient Maya city of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Guatemala. Their meeting at the center of the hemisphere symbolizes the joining together of all indigenous peoples.

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“Japanese Bistro” Fundraiser on Wednesday, August 1

Japanese Volunteers Plan Evening Filled with Food, Music, Dancing & Cultural Exchange

On Wednesday, August 1, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host an exciting new fundraiser that promises to be a cultural adventure for staff, volunteers and guests alike. From 5 to 9 p.m., the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization will welcome members of the Cheyenne River community to its first-ever Japanese Bistro.

According to Megan Guiliano, CRYP’s youth programs director, the idea for the bistro dinner came from one of the youth project’s strongest supporters, Debra Wills of St. Charles, Missouri.

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CRYP Will Host 2012 Peace and Dignity Journeys on July 23-24

Youth Organization Encourages Participants to Join Historic Run at Cheyenne River

On July 23-24, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host the 2012 Peace & Dignity Journeys runners as they made their way through South Dakota 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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CRYP Will Host Basketball Tournament, Food Sale, Arts and Crafts Booth for Hometown Days

In conjunction with this year’s Eagle Butte Hometown Days celebration, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host a special basketball tournament on Friday, July 20 for teens at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center. Scheduled for 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the event is part of CRYP’s summer Midnight Basketball season — but taken to a much larger scale in honor of the citywide celebration.

“We’re going to be hosting a big 5-on-5 tournament during Midnight Basketball on the 20th, five players and only one sub,” said Tammy Granados, CRYP’s wellness coordinator and the event organizer. “Winners will get hooded sweaters, and the second-place team will receive T-shirts printed right here in our art studio.”

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Summer Wellness Programming Launches, Including Fitness Center and Certified Instruction

Now that summer is in full swing, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced an exciting roster of wellness events for the month of July. These run the gamut, from sports camps and clinics, to the ever-popular Midnight Basketball and Junior Midnight Basketball programs, to special activities in the brand-new CRYP Fitness Center.

On July 2-3, CRYP is offering a basketball camp for ages 6-12. The camp will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each day. Also on July 2-3 is a Skills Challenges Clinic for ages 13-18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day.

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Programs Support Local Families, Courtesy of Running Strong for American Indian Youth Grants

CRYP Family Services Provides Valuable Heat Assistance & Home Improvement Programs

As the 2011-12 fiscal year drew to a close on June 30, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, announced that it was able to provide many local families with emergency heat-matching assistance and basic home improvements, thanks to grants from Alexandria, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth®. Both the Heat Assistance Program and the Home Improvement Program are offered through CRYP Family Services.

“This past year, we were able to provide heat match assistance to 183 families — that’s 1,187 people — on the Cheyenne River reservation thanks to the grants from Running Strong,” said Tamara LaPlante, CRYP’s office manager and Family Services coordinator. “We also were able to help 17 families with minor home repairs.”

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