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Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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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    CRYP Will Host Two Free Community Gardening Classes on Oct. 22 & 24

CRYP Will Host Two Free Community Gardening Classes on Oct. 22 & 24

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 24, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will be offering two exciting classes for the Cheyenne River community: Modern Gardening Basics, and Advanced Gardening / Farming. Steven Bond, a technical assistance specialist for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, will be teaching both classes; they are open free to the public.

In Modern Gardening Basics, the class will discuss several topics that have become increasingly popular, explore some of the basic science behind many applicable principles and cover the most fundamental aspects of gardening and producing food for the table. Topics include soils, compost, weed control, irrigation, raised beds, saving seeds, preservation techniques, thwarting pests, garden planning and more.

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    Support CRYP & Have the Chance to Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt!

Support CRYP & Have the Chance to Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has just launched its 2013 Christmas Star Quilt Raffle, giving members of the public a chance to win the distinctive, queen-size Lakota star quilt appropriately named “A Christmas Star.” The blue and white quilt is hand-crafted by Bonnie LeBeau, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Star quilts originated among the Great Plains nations after European contact. The star pattern evolved from the nations’ original buffalo-robe designs.

“Our people simply adopted the newcomers’ quilting techniques and adapted them to suit our culture,” said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s executive director. “A star quilt is a truly one-of-a-kind item to add to your home or give to a loved one. For this year’s Christmas star quilt raffle, we’re adding an extra challenge — we’re hoping to raise $2,500 in honor of CRYP’s 25th anniversary. All proceeds will benefit our youth programming and services.”

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CRYP Welcomes Ryan Devlin, Sustainable Agriculture Manager

CRYP is excited to announce that Ryan Devlin joined its full-time staff in late September. Devlin will serve as the organization’s sustainable agriculture manager.

In his new role, Devlin will be responsible for preparation, planting, maintenance and harvesting of the Winyan Toka Win garden; maintaining CRYP grounds, the garden shed and all equipment; directing and managing the Leading Lady Farmers Market; supervising all garden work; promoting native food sovereignty and security; developing and promoting community gardens; collaborating with youth programming staff on garden-related youth and intergenerational initiatives; assisting with community outreach and education; and developing necessary assessment tools for CRYP’s sustainable systems initiatives.

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    CRYP to Attend Hopa Mountain’s “Strengthening the Circle” This Month

CRYP to Attend Hopa Mountain’s “Strengthening the Circle” This Month

This month, Bozeman, Montana-based Hopa Mountain will be hosting its next “Strengthening the Circle” training conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, and staff members from the Cheyenne River Youth Project® are preparing to attend. Executive Director Julie Garreau and Development Director Kellie Jewett will be speaking at the native nonprofit leadership event, which is scheduled for October 16-18 at the Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza Hotel.

“We’re thrilled that Hopa Mountain invited us to participate in the training conference,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Kellie will discuss how to develop an organization’s fundraising and development plans, and I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on what guides our work and how we center that work in community and cultural values. We’re very excited.”

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    CRYP’s 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Aims to Serve 1,500 Children!

CRYP’s 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Aims to Serve 1,500 Children!

The Whos may have held hands and started singing anyway, but for Louisa May Alcott’s beloved heroine Jo March, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.”

Jo’s right. For children everywhere, the greatest joy of Christmas morning is waking up to see what Santa and his elves might have stuffed into colorful stockings and left underneath carefully decorated Christmas trees. That joy sparkles with magic and possibility, and it shines with the hope that life can be, at least for one day, absolutely perfect.

Yet many families on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation find that their budgets cannot stretch to include holiday gifts, and their children have no guarantee that there will be anything under their trees on Christmas Day. So, each year, volunteers and donors from around the world join forces with the Cheyenne River Youth Project® to bring that happiness, joy and Christmas magic to hundreds of Cheyenne River’s children.

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2013 Christmas Toy Drive: Most Requested Items

Here is this year’s list of the most-requested gift items, along with a short list of supplies CRYP needs for its daily operations in the run-up to the holidays.

2013 Most-Requested Gift Items:

Learning Toys for Ages 0-24 Months
Walmart, K-Mart, Target, iTunes, JC Penney Gift Cards
Popular Books
Fisher Price (Assorted Toys, 0-36 Months)
Monster High (13 Wishes Dolls, Toys Accessories)
Barbie (Dolls, Clothes, Accessories, Campers, Cars
Doc McStuffin’ Get Better Check-Up Doll
Lalaloopsy (Dolls and Accessories)
Baby Einstein (Learning Toys and Games)
Nerf Toys
V-Tech (Learning Toys, Games, Electronics)

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