Monthly Archives: September 2012

CRYP Announces Exciting Fall Programming for the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced new, exciting fall programming for Cokata Wiconi, its teen center on East Lincoln Street in Eagle Butte. The center, formally dedicated in August 2006, serves 13- to 19-year-olds on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation.

According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s wellness coordinator, the fall schedule incorporates a heavy dose of wellness-related activities. Many of these revolve around the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization’s new Fitness Center, which officially opened its doors this summer.

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Power of Four Teens Join Peers for Memorable “Breakfast with Billy Mills”

On Tuesday, September 11, four of the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s “Power of Four” teen interns joined a group of their Cheyenne River peers for a memorable breakfast with a Lakota icon: Billy Mills.

Mills, an Oglala Lakota tribal member and former U.S. Marine from Pine Ridge, won a gold medal in the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He is the only American ever to win the Olympic gold in that event — and the second Native American to win a gold medal in Olympic history. Mills was on the Cheyenne River reservation last week taking part in Running Strong for American Indian Youth’s Annual Reservations Tour.

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CRYP Announces Kickoff for Fall Semester of “Main University” at Youth Center

DON’T FORGET: Support The Main’s Renovation Through a
Running Strong for American Indian Youth Matching Grant Until September 30, 2012

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced exciting plans for the fall semester of “Main University” at The Main, its youth center on East Lincoln Street in Eagle Butte. The center, founded in 1988 and in its current facility since 1999, is dedicated to serving 4- to 12-year-olds on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation.

The semester will officially kick off on Monday, October 1. CRYP staff and volunteers plan to host eight classes: Lakota Culture & Language, Creative Writing, Greek Mythology, Geography, the Art of Games, Dance, Cooking and Science. According to Megan Guiliano, youth programs director, many of the class topics were chosen based on the kids’ interests.

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CRYP Releases Trailer for Upcoming “Diabetes Is Not Our Way” Feature, Scheduled for Oct. 1 Release

As part of its ongoing youth diabetes awareness and prevention campaign, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has released a teaser trailer on its website that offers viewers a sneak peek at its upcoming, feature-length “Diabetes is Not Our Way” video. The full video is scheduled to make its premiere on Monday, October 1.

The half-hour documentary will focus on efforts to combat youth diabetes on the remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation, home to four bands of Lakota. In conjunction with this video project, CRYP also is releasing a 10-part “Indigenous Perspectives” short-video series for social media, each of which highlights a tribal member’s views on the diabetes issue. Three of these short videos have been released to date, with the remainder to come in the weeks leading up to the October 1 release date.

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