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CRYP Celebrates 25 Years, Launches New Endowment

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The Cheyenne River Youth Project hosted its 25th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, launching a new endowment to ensure the permanent sustainability of the organization for decades to come. The event was attended by dozens of local community members, board members, current and former CRYP youth, community partners and tribal council members.

In her opening remarks, CRYP founder and executive director recounted the humble beginnings of the organization, which was started in a converted bar on Main Street in Eagle Butte, volunteering her time for 12 years to get an afterschool program off the ground. Soon, the program filled to capacity each day as a safe place for children to have a snack, read, finish their homework or participate in an activity.

“People in the community didn’t think we’d make it,” said Garreau. “They just knew we’d crash and burn. And they even told me they would find me a job if it didn’t make it. But we just kept going because we knew that we had to find a local solution to our needs, something that addressed the specific needs of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. It was a measure of our sovereignty as a community that we create and sustain a program that met the needs and fulfilled our obligation to our children in ways that we feel are culturally appropriate and necessary. I believe in our sovereignty with all my heart.”

Today, CRYP has moved from its original location to a 60,000 square-foot facility which includes a full-sized indoor basketball court, the newly opened Keya Cafe, a gift shop with locally produced goods, a two-acre organic garden, a dance studio, computer rooms, a full-sized library, an art room and living quarters for volunteers. Its programming also features Passion for Fashion, a prom dress event for local teen girls, a Farmers Market, Main University, a Winter coat drive, literacy programs and wellness programs. Member families can also apply for heating and home repair assistance through CRYP’s Heat Match Program.

To commemorate the event, the organization launched the Cheyenne River Youth Project Endowment Fund with a goal of $25,000 to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of the programs and services for decades to come.

For more information or to donate to the CRYP Endowment, please contact Julie Garreau at julie.cryp@gmail.com, or go to www.lakotayouth.org and click the donate button. You can also follow us on Facebook, https://facebook.com/lakotayouth and at www.twitter.com/lakotayouth for updates and details.

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in South Dakota. 

 

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CRYP’s ‘Keya Cafe’ is Now Open!

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The Keya Cafe at CRYP is now open! Located inside the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, the cafe offers a full range of coffee drinks, smoothies and beverages, as well as a full-service breakfast menu.

The cafe features locally-sourced ingredients and produce from CRYP’s two-acre organic garden and everything on the menu, including the pastries and granola, are made fresh, on-site every morning.

The Keya Cafe is an excellent venue for the produce from our garden and offers our community a new place to gather and eat breakfast,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “At the same time, it is providing local jobs, skills training and a sustainable source of income for our organization’s programs and services. We are proud to begin this new venture which all of us have worked so hard to bring to life.”

The cafe features coffee beverages, juices, smoothies, breakfast burritos, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, as well as homemade zucchini bread and banana bread, to name just a few delicious items on the menu.

Keya, which means “turtle” in the Lakota language, represents fertility, family and community. The Turtle, who lives in two worlds – on land and in water – also represents Native people, who live and work side by side with their neighbors in the world. Start-up funding for the cafe was provided by a grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.

Additionally, the cafe will also sell Keya Cafe brand coffee beans and mugs for customers who may not live in Eagle Butte, but want to support the cafe through its retail sales.

The normal hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for breakfast; 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Coffee shop will be open; Closed Sundays.

For more information on how to purchase specialty coffee beans, mugs and other CRYP products, please email keya.cryp@gmail.com. For updates and special offers, please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keyacafecoffee.

 

 

 

 

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CRYP TO CELEBRATE 25th ANNIVERSARY WITH RECEPTION & ART SHOW

To celebrate 25 years of service to the community, the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) will be hosting a reception and fine art photography show entitled, “Home: Cheyenne River,” featuring portraits of the community and creative writing from our children.

When: Saturday, January 25, 3:00 -7:00 p.m.
Where: Cokata Wiconi Teen Center in Eagle Butte, South Dakota

To commemorate its quarter-century milestone, CRYP will also be launching the Six Points-CRYP Endowment Fund to ensure the long term sustainability of the organization’s programming and services to our communities.

“It has been an honor and privilege to watch this organization grow from a small, grassroots after school program into a community center that serves so many needs in the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Through our partnerships and the support of thousands of donors, staff and volunteers, we have been able to expand and offer more opportunities than we could ever have imagined. We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and thank all the people who have supported us in this remarkable journey.”

The art show will feature the images of photographers Richard Steinberger and Matt Normann and creative writing from Cheyenne River youth. The event will also include musical entertainment and poetry readings by some of our children, as well as youth activities.

For more information on the event, please contact Suzette Brewer at media.cryp@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook, https://facebook.com/lakotayouth or www.twitter.com/lakotayouth for updates and details.

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in South Dakota.

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Cheyenne River Youth Project Exceeds Goals for 2013 Christmas Toy Drive!

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The numbers are in! The Cheyenne River Youth Project 2013 Christmas Toy Drive exceeded this year’s goals by delivering toys and gifts to approximately 1,250 children in 19 communities within the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

Thanks to our hardworking team of hundreds of volunteers, supporters, donors, partners and community members, CRYP was able to fulfill the Christmas wishes of nearly 260 member families this holiday season.

Each of the children received gifts based on their “Letters to Santa” which were delivered directly by the man himself and his team of dedicated elves from the North Pole. The letters were written by children at the Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center, as well as those who live in shelters and foster care.

“Our toy drive is the biggest event of the year for us and also the most special,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP executive director. “We are so grateful and appreciative of every single act of kindness shown toward our community this year. The generosity from donors all over the country allows the children of Cheyenne River to experience Christmas in the best, most festive and exciting way.”

Christmas at Cheyenne River was made possible by donations, partnerships and volunteers from around the country and the world. Alexandria, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth sent a truck, as did the St. Louis Chapter of CRYP in Missouri.

Gifts for over 700 children came from Colorado this year, including a 26-foot truck from the students at Fairview High School in Boulder, the law firm Fredericks Peebles & Morgan, the University of Colorado and the American Indian College Fund.

Additional financial contributions came from the National Indian Gaming Association, Dairy Queen, the State Bank of Eagle Butte, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota, Dietel Partners and Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan law firm.

Finally, CRYP wishes to thank the hundreds of organizations, individuals and families that donated toys or cash to fulfill each and every “Letter to Santa,” as well as our many volunteers, some of whom came from as far away as Ireland to assist with sorting, wrapping and organizing the distribution of gifts so that the drive was able to run smoothly.

“On behalf of all of us at Cheyenne River Youth Project, and our children and their families, we wish to say big Thank You to everyone who helped us make this year’s toy drive a success,” said Garreau. “We look forward to an even brighter Christmas in 2014.”

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in South Dakota. Please follow us at www.facebook.com/lakotayouth or at www.twitter.com/lakotayouth.

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