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Monthly Archives: April 2013

May Is “Water Month” on the Cheyenner River Reservation, which Will Host the Mni Indigenous Water Summit May 22-24

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® Will Feature Movies and Keynote Speakers Throughout the Month, With Events Scheduled for May 1, 8, 15 and 22

Diminished snowpack in the Rocky Mountains. Plummeting aquifer levels beneath Great Plains grasses. Ominous bathtub rings in Southwestern reservoirs. A dusty, barren, toxic wasteland where the Colorado River delta once kissed Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.

There’s no question that the North American West, like many other places around the world, is facing a water crisis — and it’s one that is being exacerbated by increasing numbers of stakeholders fighting over a finite amount of fresh water. Farmers and ranchers want it for agriculture and stock. Industry demands it for hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). And countless individuals and businesses continue to use vast amounts of it as they pursue their daily lives in a naturally dry environment, made even drier through the current drought.

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Lock-in party set for May 4, giving preteens a special treat

We’re excited to host an overnight sixth-grade lock-in party on Saturday, May 4. We’re working closely with teachers at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School to spread the word about this first-time event, and a community service project at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, will determine which children will attend the lock-in.

“On Thursday, in honor of Mother’s Day weekend, we’re going to be making spring baskets for the elderly women at the Manor,” says Megan Guiliano, our youth programs director. “All the kids who participate will be invited to attend the lock-in. We’ll send permission slips home with the students, and we’re asking parents to make sure they’re returned before 8 p.m. on Friday.”

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Eagle Butte’s Dairy Queen to host 4th annual Sweet Tooth for Youth fundraiser

Once again, the local Dairy Queen is planning its popular “Sweet Tooth for Youth” fundraising event to benefit the Cheyenne River Youth Project. From Sunday, May 5 to Saturday, May 11, $1 of every malt, shake, Blizzard and Orange Julius purchase will be donated to CRYP.

The goal for the fourth annual fundraiser, say DQ owners Lonnie and Jackie Heier, is to raise $2,000 to benefit youth programming and to raise awareness about the nearly 25-year-old youth project’s mission in the community.

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Sustainable agriculture program expanded, funds needed

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently commented, “The only way we are going to provide a healthy environment for future generations is through redesigning the food system.” In other words, we have to look beyond our grocery store’s shelves, beyond the fast-food chains, beyond the processed, packaged foodstuffs that promise poor nutrition in exchange for low prices.

So, where do we turn? To Mother Earth, and to local, sustainable food systems. We’ve got big plans for our 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win garden, and to make that vision a reality, we’re kicking off a special Winyan Toka Win fundraising campaign.

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We’re seeking summer volunteers

They are familiar figures on the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota’s remote West River country. They’re preparing healthy meals and snacks for young children and teens. They’re busy tending the 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win garden and staffing the Farmers Market. They’re staying up late so kids can play basketball after curfew. They’re teaching special classes. They’re dancing in costume on Main Street to raise funds and awareness. They’re cleaning, organizing, fixing, creating, playing, comforting and laughing.

They are the Cheyenne River Youth Project volunteers, and they have been a critical part of our grassroots nonprofit since it began in an old bar on Main Street in 1988.

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Don’t miss our final College Night events!

We’ll be hosting the final three events of our 2013 “College Night” program in the coming weeks. You won’t want to miss presentations from Germany’s University of Koblenz-Landau on April 24 and the University of Michigan on May 15.

We’ll also be offering a “Regional College Night” on May 1. Staffers Kellie Jewett, Anthony Potter, Tammy Eagle Hunter and April Bachman will be sharing their experiences, their perspectives on higher education and information about such hot topics as the application process, financial aid and scholarships. Featured institutions will include United Tribes Technical Colleges in Bismarck, North Dakota, and Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.

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Book2Movie Club encourages teens to read

Children won’t read, they said. In an era of multimillion-dollar blockbuster movies, satellite and cable TV, multiple gaming systems and smartphone apps, prevailing wisdom was that young people simply wouldn’t get excited about books.

Then along came Harry Potter, the Twilight series, The Hunger Games trilogy and “Game of Thrones,” a TV show based on George R. R. Martin’s epic saga, Song of Ice and Fire. Books became cool, with midnight release parties, character costumes — and eagerly anticipated releases of movies based on the authors’ original work.

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Community orgs welcome at our brown-bag lunch meetings

Starting this Wednesday, April 3, we’ll resume hosting “brown-bag” lunch meetings with fellow community organizations on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. This week’s meeting will start at noon and run for approximately one hour.

Our goal is to host community lunch meetings once per month, organized by Julie Garreau, our executive director. During the spring months, Youth Programs Director Megan Guiliano and Wellness Coordinator Tammy Eagle Hunter will be arranging weekly meetings.

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