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Monthly Archives: June 2013

CRYP and SDSU Extension Office to Host Saturday Canning Classes in Eagle Butte on July 9 and July 16

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that the canning classes it is hosting in conjunction with the South Dakota State University Extension Office and its representative, Marcella Gilbert, have been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 16. Originally they were scheduled for Wednesday, June 26 and Tuesday, July 2.

The canning classes are scheduled for 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. They’re open to ages 13 and up, with an enrollment fee of $15 per adult; youth ages 13 to 18 are free. Participants will learn to pickle, make jellies, jams and salsas, and more.

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First Annual "Run of the Turtles" was Saturday, June 15

Eager children, staff members and volunteers congregated at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® campus on Saturday, June 15 for the nearly 25-year-old, not-for-profit organization’s first-ever “Run of the Turtles.” Sponsored in part by the Four Bands Healing Center and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Commission, ROTT incorporated a 1K walk and a 5K run.

CRYP Youth Programs Assistant Tasina Smith designed this exciting new summer event to promote courage, perseverance and friendly competition, as well as diabetes prevention and the pleasure of sharing healthy exercise with family and friends. ROTT kicked off with a light breakfast at the youth project’s Cokata Wiconi teen center on East Lincoln Street, then it was time to make tracks for the starting line.

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Mission Group from Colorado Springs at CRYP June 23-29

Special Events Include Art Classes, Exercise Classes, Guitar Giveaway, Live Music & Delicious Meals for up to 100 Children Daily

From Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host a native mission group from Colorado Springs. Led by Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member Deborah L. Smith, the group will provide a variety of fun activities and hearty meals for community members of all ages.

On Monday through Friday of that week, the group volunteers will lead three art classes featuring mosaic glass in the Cokata Wiconi teen center’s art studio. They also will lead five low-impact, aerobic exercise classes with dance/gym balls in the center’s full-size gymnasium.

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Former volunteer joins staff as garden coordinator, thanks to NWAF grant

This summer is a big one for us. Thanks to a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation and a nationwide grassroots fundraising campaign, our nearly 25-year-old nonprofit has been able to undertake a major expansion of sustainable agriculture initiatives.

NWAF supports efforts across eight states to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity, focusing on organizations that are doing innovative, cutting-edge work. Its $65,000 grant to CRYP will allow the youth project to hire a sustainable agriculture coordinator and will provide the means to construct eight Farmers Market stands, build an additional garden shed and purchase supplies for managing the 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win garden.

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Funding available through June for home improvements

Cheyenne River community members can take advantage of grant funding for home improvements and repairs through Sunday, June 30. The funding was provided by Alexandria, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth, and it accommodates repair work worth up to $1,000 per family.

“Our home improvements program is available to all members of CRYP Family Services,” said April Bachman, our finance manager. “And those funds are available until the end of our fiscal year, which is Sunday, June 30. We’re encouraging members to take advantage of the program while funding lasts, and if you’re not a member of the program but would like to pursue home improvements, please consider joining now.”

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Run of the Turtles brings 1K, 5K to the Cheyenne River

We’ll be hosting our first-ever “Run of the Turtles” on Saturday, June 15. The family-friendly event, supported in part by the Four Bands Healing Center, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a 1K walk, 1K relay and 5K relay.

Designed to promote courage, perseverance and friendly competition, this community fun walk and relay challenge also will promote diabetes prevention and the pleasure of sharing healthy exercise with family and friends. The event will kick off with a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in our Cokata Wiconi teen center on East Lincoln Street. Staff and volunteers will serve fresh apples, bananas and oranges with yogurt and granola, and beverages will include orange juice and water.

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