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Yearly Archives: 2014

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    December Partner of the Month: Running Strong for American Indian Youth

December Partner of the Month: Running Strong for American Indian Youth

For many years, CRYP and Alexandria-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth® have worked together to provide valuable programs and services on the remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize Running Strong as our December Partner of the Month.

Each year, this partnership with Running Strong successfully serves our local community through CRYP’s Heat Assistance program; scholarships to assist groups with renting facilities at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus; a food grant; a variety of in-kind donations; and important youth-programming support.

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Eight Students Graduate from Main University This Fall

Earlier this month, CRYP held a special graduation ceremony for the eight youngsters who completed Main University’s fall semester. Held on Tuesday, December 2, the festivities included commencement exercises and a hearty meal for students and their families.

Twenty children participated in Main University, which kicked off its fall semester on November 3. Participants who completed 16 total classes were eligible to graduate. Thomas Lucero was this semester’s valedictorian, and Jeremiah Lucero was Salutatorian.

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300 “Dear Santa” Letters Remain to be Adopted!

Christmas is a little more than two weeks away, which means CRYP staff and volunteers are in the home stretch for the 2014 Christmas Toy Drive. It’s not too late to help: The 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization is reporting that approximately 300 “Dear Santa” letters remain to be adopted so it can meet its goal of making Christmas wishes come true for 1,500 children across South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

“Those who are interested in being part of this year’s Christmas Toy Drive simply need to contact us to get their ‘Dear Santa’ letters,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Or, if they would prefer to contribute funds, they can donate via our website or Crowdrise campaign. Then we’ll do the shopping on our end.”

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    CRYP Welcomes 73 Guests to Annual “Thanks For Kids” Dinner

CRYP Welcomes 73 Guests to Annual “Thanks For Kids” Dinner

CRYP welcomed 73 members of the Cheyenne River community to its annual “Thanks for Kids” celebration and dinner. The festivities took place on Tuesday, November 25 at the Cokata Wiconi teen center.

A visiting volunteer group from Wisconsin’s Marquette University High School prepared the traditional, homemade, holiday-inspired meal. Much of the fresh produce came directly from CRYP’s 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win garden, and Running Strong for American Indian Youth donated the turkeys.

And, this year, the 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization extended a special invitation to Cheyenne River elders. Sandy Frazier, Carmelita Eagle Chasing, Debbie Day, and Sylvester Waloke attended the evening event and shared stories with participating children.

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400+ Christmas Toy Drive Letters Still Need Good Homes!

It’s the last week of November, and that means the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® have just four weeks to fulfill the Christmas wishes of 1,500 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. More than 1,000 letters have already been adopted by generous supporters, yet more remains to be done.

“We still have more than 400 ‘Dear Santa’ letters that need to be adopted,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “That means we still need to take care of 400 children who wrote heartfelt letters in the hope that this Christmas would be filled with hope, joy, and a little magic.

“Supporters who wish to join our Christmas Toy Drive efforts can contact us directly to get their Santa letters,” she continued. “Or, if they would prefer to contribute funds, they can donate via our website or Crowdrise campaign (see sidebar), and we’re more than happy to do the shopping on our end to make sure Santa comes to these deserving kids.”

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    It’s Not Too Late: Enter to Win a Lakota Star Quilt, and Support the New CRYP Art Park

It’s Not Too Late: Enter to Win a Lakota Star Quilt, and Support the New CRYP Art Park

It’s not to late to win an authentic, handmade Lakota star quilt through the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. Raffle tickets will remain on sale until Wednesday, December 24, and the 26-year-old, not-for-profit organization will hold the drawing for its two winners on Friday, December 26.

Instead of raffling off a single quilt, as it has in previous years, CRYP is offering two quilts in the 2014 raffle. Ticket-holders have a chance to win a distinctive, queen-size Lakota star quilt that mimics a dramatic graffiti mural by acclaimed Minneapolis-based artist Peyton Scott Russell. Peyton, as the artist is known professionally, created the original piece of street art this year.

Bonnie LeBeau, a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member, hand-crafted the graffiti-inspired quilt for the raffle. Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, executive director of Bozeman, Montana-based Hopa Mountain, donated the second quilt.

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“Thanks for Kids” Dinner Coming up on November 25

CRYP will be hosting a special Thanks for Kids Dinner for the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation community on Tuesday, November 25 at its Cokata Wiconi teen center. The free public meal and celebration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the festively decorated Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium.

Youth, their families, and all members of the community are invited to join CRYP staff and volunteers for a traditional holiday-inspired dinner. A visiting volunteer group from Wisconsin’s Marquette University High School will be assisting with preparing the buffet-style meal.

The youth project also has announced an exciting addition to this year’s festivities: They are extending a special invitation to Cheyenne River elders.

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    November Partner of the Month: O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation

November Partner of the Month: O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation

As a grassroots, not-for-profit organization, the Cheyenne River Youth Project relies on a variety of organizational partners for support as it pursues its ongoing mission in the Cheyenne River community. To show our deep appreciation for all that these valued partners do for us, we’ve created a Partner of the Month initiative — and for November, that partner is the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation.

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    Coming Up: Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 16, Youth Holiday Parties on Dec. 4-5

Coming Up: Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 16, Youth Holiday Parties on Dec. 4-5

November is here, and that means the staff and volunteers at Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, are deep into holiday preparations. Not only are they undertaking the gargantuan task of ensuring that Santa Claus comes to 1,500 children across the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation, they are planning the youth project’s 4th annual Christmas Craft Fair and its eagerly anticipated holiday parties for children and teens.

The 4th annual Christmas Craft Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 16 at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center. Cheyenne River artists, vendors, craftspeople, chefs, and bakers should contact the youth project immediately to reserve their spots.

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Support Our “Homecoming Dress Drive!”

As October draws to a close, so does homecoming season for high school students across America. Spirit-week festivities and football-game revelry are long since ended, the toilet paper has been cleaned up from neighborhood trees and yards (well, mostly), and those prized dresses from The Big Night are back in bedroom closets. Perhaps they’ll be worn again. Perhaps not.

If not, just imagine those dresses bringing happiness to teenage girls who are seemingly a world away, on South Dakota’s remote 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is asking teenagers, and their parents, across the country to donate new or gently used homecoming dresses so they can become part of the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization’s annual Passion for Fashion program. The program takes place each spring at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center in Eagle Butte.

CRYP created Passion for Fashion in 2001, and it remains one of the project’s most popular and long-running programs. Its mission: to provide Cheyenne River teens with everything they need for a memorable prom night, while also fostering intergenerational exchange, bonding, self-esteem, and positive body image.

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