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Yearly Archives: 2013

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    500 Letters Still Must Be “Adopted” in 2013 Christmas Toy Drive!

500 Letters Still Must Be “Adopted” in 2013 Christmas Toy Drive!

Less than three weeks to go before Santa harnesses up the reindeer, loads his sleigh and takes to the skies, which means the hard-working staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, also have less than three weeks to meet their goal of fulfilling the Christmas wishes of 1,500 children across the remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux reservation. More than 1,000 “Dear Santa” letters have been adopted to date, so CRYP is seeking generous donors to adopt the remaining 500.

“If we can encourage enough individuals, groups and organizations to adopt these last few hundred ‘Dear Santa’ letters, we can hit that 1,500 mark, which will be a new record for us,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “More importantly, it’ll mean that more children than ever will get to experience the joy and magic they deserve on Christmas morning.”

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    Coming Soon: 3rd Annual Holiday Artists’ Market and Annual Youth Christmas Parties!

Coming Soon: 3rd Annual Holiday Artists’ Market and Annual Youth Christmas Parties!

December is just around the corner, and the first two weeks of the month are going to be busy ones at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. To start, CRYP will be hosting the 3rd annual Holiday Artists’ Market at 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 in the Cokata Wiconi teen center; then, on Monday and Tuesday, December 9 and 10, the 25-year-old, not-for-profit, grassroots youth organization will host 25th anniversary versions of its annual teen and youth holiday parties at Cokata Wiconi and The Main youth center.

It’s not too late for Cheyenne River artists, vendors, craftspeople and chefs to get involved in the Holiday Artists’ Market as CRYP is actively encouraging community members to participate. Simply call (605) 964-8200 to book a booth, which costs $15. All fees benefit CRYP’s youth programming and services; vendors keep their own proceeds from sales. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to book soon.

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    25th Anniversary “Thanks for Kids” Dinner Scheduled for November 25

25th Anniversary “Thanks for Kids” Dinner Scheduled for November 25

As part of its yearlong 25th anniversary celebration, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will be hosting a special Thanks for Kids Dinner for the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation community on Monday, November 25. Given the tagline “25 Years of Kids, 25 Years of Thanks,” the free public meal and celebration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the festively decorated Cokata Wiconi teen center’s Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium.

Youth, their families and all members of the community are invited to join CRYP staff and volunteers for a traditional Thanksgiving-inspired buffet. Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, said the not-for-profit, grassroots youth organization is preparing to serve and seat approximately 250 guests that evening.

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    CRYP Wins 2013 Community Service Award from the National Indian Education Association

CRYP Wins 2013 Community Service Award from the National Indian Education Association

On Friday, November 1, the National Indian Education Association presented the Cheyenne River Youth Project® with its 2013 Community Service Award. The special awards luncheon took place during the 44th Annual NIEA Convention & Trade Show at the Rapid City Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.

During the luncheon, the not-for-profit, grassroots youth organization was recognized for its positive impact on native student academic achievement. According to the NIEA, the award recognizes the youth project itself as well as all who are involved in its success.

“We’re so touched that our work is being acknowledged by the National Indian Education Association as we celebrate 25 years of service to the Cheyenne River Lakota nation,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director.

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    Coloradans Join Forces to Help Bring Christmas to Cheyenne River

Coloradans Join Forces to Help Bring Christmas to Cheyenne River

Christmas is less than two months away, and individuals and organizations around the country are working hard to fulfill the “Dear Santa” wishes of 1,500 children here on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. That includes schoolchildren, families and businesses in the state of Colorado.

Last year, CRYP served 1,200 children in 20 reservation communities; 650 of those “Dear Santa” letters were fulfilled by the community in Boulder, Colorado, where Fairview High School has been a major Christmas Toy Drive partner for the better part of a decade. Additional Colorado gifts came from University Bicycles in Boulder, from Louisville-based law firm Fredericks Peebles & Morgan and from Deborah Smith, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who lives in Colorado Springs. Smith coordinated donations for 138 children in the Colorado Springs and Denver metro areas.

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Free Community Gardening Classes are a Success!

On Tuesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 24, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® and the Intertribal Agriculture Council joined forces to offer two free classes for the Cheyenne River community: Modern Gardening Basics, and Advanced Gardening / Farming. Steven Bond, an ethnobotanist and technical assistance specialist for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, was on hand to teach both classes.

Bond taught Gardening Basics to six community members on October 22. Topics included permanent garden bed design, cold-season cultivation, local agricultural extension resources, poultry keeping, local microclimate conditions, and much more. On Thursday, he gave his Advanced Gardening lecture to four community members, covering such subject matter as tillage implements for the backyard gardener, backyard hoop house design and creation, heirloom vegetable varieties, advanced bed design, permaculture in the home garden and soil block production.

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    CRYP Will Host Christmas Artists’ Market, Youth Holiday Parties in December

CRYP Will Host Christmas Artists’ Market, Youth Holiday Parties in December

Although December is still a month away, the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, are already planning the flurry of activity that will descend on the Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center in the last weeks before Christmas. This week, they started making preparations for CRYP’s 3rd annual Christmas Artists’ Market, which will take place at 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at Cokata Wiconi.

That means Cheyenne River artists, vendors, craftspeople and chefs should contact the youth project, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, to reserve spots.

“If you’re interested in selling your artwork, crafts or food at the artists’ market, we encourage you to call us at (605) 964-8200 and book your spot now, as space is limited,” said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director. “Booths are $15 apiece, and all booth fees benefit our youth programming and services. Vendors keep all their own proceeds.”

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CRYP Launches Fall Semester of Main University

Earlier this month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® officially launched its fall semester of Main University, one of the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization’s most popular and enduring programs. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center; it was founded by former long-term volunteer Tracie Farrell in 2002.

In this special program, participants may take short courses that mimic those offered in a college setting. The courses give Cheyenne River children a chance to study subjects that may not be offered in school. The program uses language from higher education, such as “university,” “credits” and “valedictorian,” to familiarize students with their options in and after high school.

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    CRYP Welcomes New Cafe Manager, Announces Keya Cafe “Soft Opening”

CRYP Welcomes New Cafe Manager, Announces Keya Cafe “Soft Opening”

CRYYP is pleased to announce that Jerri Ellen Thompson-LaPlante was promoted to the role of cafe manager this month. LaPlante, who has been working as a youth programs assistant for the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project, will immediately begin preparations for the January “soft opening” of CRYP’s new Keya Cafe.

In her new role, LaPlante will be responsible for all aspects of cafe operations, from finances, inventory and stocking to preparing meals, meal service and maintaining a high-quality, commercial-grade kitchen. She also will oversee cafe personnel, which likely will include area teens in their first formal job experience.

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    CRYP Welcomed 166 People to First-Ever “Harvest Festival”

CRYP Welcomed 166 People to First-Ever “Harvest Festival”

CRYP welcomed 166 members of the community to the Cokata Wiconi teen center on Wednesday, October 9, for its first-ever Harvest Festival. This special celebration was the first in a series of 12 monthly events to commemorate the grassroots, not-for-profit youth organization’s 25th anniversary.

The evening’s festivities included a formal dedication of the Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium, which now features official scoreboards thanks to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Special Projects grant. The highlight, however, was the Harvest Feast, which boasted fresh produce from CRYP’s 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) garden. The scrumptious menu thrilled guests, staff and volunteers alike.

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