Monthly Archives: October 2012

CRYP Unveils Massive Youth Diabetes Prevention Campaign

To raise awareness of the diabetes risk among native youth as well as to educate individuals, families and community members regarding the immediate actions they can take to prevent the onset of the disease, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has launched a large-scale campaign dedicated to youth diabetes prevention. The campaign also provides valuable information and tools for other native communities around the country as they face a similar battle.

The numbers are frightening. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. Thirty percent of the indigenous population in this country has pre-diabetes, and of those who already have it, 95 percent have type 2 diabetes.

What’s even more frightening: There was a 68 percent increase in diabetes from 1994 to 2004 among native youth ages 15 to 19.

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Christmas Toy Drive Is Already Under Way, Preparing to Serve 1,000+ Children

Help CRYP by Becoming a Toy Drive Donor or Volunteer!

The American actress and singer-songwriter Dale Evans perhaps said it best when she noted, “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” And nowhere else is that more true than on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation where, each year, volunteers and donors from around the world come together to bring happiness, joy and magic to more than 1,100 children through the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s annual Christmas Toy Drive.

While the Christmas season should be a glorious time for children everywhere, many Cheyenne River families find that their budgets simply cannot stretch to cover holiday gifts. Here, where the unemployment rate hovers around 75 percent, roughly 50 percent of households fall below the poverty level. Of the reservation’s two counties, Ziebach is the poorest in the United States, with Dewey in the top 10.

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Power of Four Teen Interns Prepare for “Winter Kick-Off Event” Saturday, November 3

Now that the fall harvest season is ending in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win garden, the “Power of Four” teen interns are turning their attention from produce and processing to assisting with preparations for CRYP’s Winter Kick-Off Event. Scheduled for Saturday, November 3, this event will encompass a broad range of special activities throughout the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center.

According to Megan Guiliano, CRYP’s youth programs director, a highlight will be the official grand opening of the new Fitness Center. The center is now fully stocked with a variety of cardio machines — including recumbent bicycles, spinning bikes, elliptical machines and treadmills — as well as strength-training equipment.

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CRYP Prepares to Launch Scary Movie Marathon, Annual Haunted House and Ghoul-A-Grams

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (October 22, 2012) — Halloween is just around the corner, and the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® aren’t going to let the holiday pass without some serious fun — and frights. ‘Tis the season for spooky movies, haunted house tours and those eagerly anticipated Ghoul-A-Grams.

The festivities kick off on Friday, October 26 with the Scary Movie Marathon at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi Teen Center. Scheduled for 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., the marathon will feature “Poltergeist,” “The Ring,” “White Noise” and “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” All four films are PG-13.

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CRYP Releases Full-Length “Diabetes Is Not Our Way” Video

30-Minute Feature is the Foundation of Larger Campaign, Which Will Include Three Public Service Announcements & a 10-Part “Indigenous Perspectives” Short-Video Series

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte announced today that it has launched a large-scale public awareness campaign dedicated to preventing youth diabetes on South Dakota’s 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, home to four bands of Lakota people. The signature component of this campaign, a 30-minute video titled “Diabetes is Not Our Way,” is now available for viewing on CRYP’s website at www.lakotayouth.org.

The half-hour documentary was produced by Chris “Mo” Hollis, media director for the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development. It describes type 2 diabetes in detail, provides important historical context for understanding its rise and prevalence among the Lakota population and then focuses on specific individual, family and community efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes among Cheyenne River’s young people.

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