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Monthly Archives: March 2014

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    Basketball Tournament Fundraiser is Scheduled for April 11-12

Basketball Tournament Fundraiser is Scheduled for April 11-12

It’s that time of year. On April 11-12, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host its eagerly anticipated springtime basketball tournament fundraiser to support its youth programming and services in Eagle Butte. The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 11 in the Cokata Wiconi teen center’s gymnasium and will run into Saturday, April 12; registration closes at the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 9.

Youth ages 11-14 are welcome to participate in the intramural basketball tournament. Each eight-player team must include two girls and may participate for a $30 sponsorship fee. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

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    CRYP and Mni to Host “Clean Water Campaign Dinner” on April 3

CRYP and Mni to Host “Clean Water Campaign Dinner” on April 3

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will welcome Candace and Karen Ducheneaux of the Mni organization to its Cokata Wiconi teen center on East Lincoln Street for a “Clean Water Campaign Dinner” in the Keya Cafe. The dinner is open free to the public.

Mni is a grassroots, not-for-profit, indigenous-led collaboration to restore the water cycle using eco-friendly rainwater harvesting techniques. During the campaign dinner, the guest speakers will discuss important water-related issues such as fluoride poisoning and the Keystone XL pipeline.

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“Get Out and Garden” Classes Begin at CRYP

The beginning of spring on Cheyenne River also marked the start of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s 2014 “Get Out and Garden” series of classes. Part of CRYP’s effort to promote healthy lifestyles and food security on Cheyenne River, the “Get Out and Garden” classes will focus on teaching introductory gardening and food/craft entrepreneurship skills to the community.

The class series began on March 13 with a gardening basics class led by Sturgis-based Bear Butte Gardens. The farmers from Bear Butte taught community members about starting seeds, planting dates, variety selection and much more. The spring edition of the series will feature four more classes with additional guest speakers from the South Dakota area.

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    5th Annual Family Day Will Start at “Old Main” on Friday, March 28

5th Annual Family Day Will Start at “Old Main” on Friday, March 28

On Friday, March 28, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host its fifth annual Family Day festival in Eagle Butte. To commemorate the not-for-profit organization’s ongoing 25th anniversary celebration, CRYP staff and volunteers will kick off the free public festivities at the site of its original youth center on Main Street.

At 4:30 p.m., CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau will say a few words to the gathered crowd at the “old Main,” after which the group will march to the youth project’s current campus on East Lincoln Street. Guests will enjoy an evening meal in the Keya Cafe at 5 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m., the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium will be home to some serious family fun.

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    CRYP Welcomes Nearly 80 Teens to “Passion for Fashion” Event on March 8

CRYP Welcomes Nearly 80 Teens to “Passion for Fashion” Event on March 8

For 13 years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has celebrated the strength, achievements and tremendous potential of the young ladies who live on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation through a signature program called “Passion for Fashion.” This year, the not-for-profit youth project timed its annual Passion for Fashion event with International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8; together, CRYP staff, 30 community volunteers and 77 teenage girls celebrated the achievements of women everywhere.

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