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CRYP to Launch Summer Storytelling Series for CRST Youth

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The Cheyenne River Youth Project will be launching its Summer Storytelling Series for youth ages 6-18 today at 1:30 p.m., alternating between the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center and the Main Youth Center. The series will begin with Alfred Greeves, an elder from the CRST community, and will continue every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. throughout the summer.

Activities will follow each session in which the kids will produce a piece of art, writing, poetry or some other kind of project that incorporates and summarizes what they have learned from the storyteller. Additionally, the storytelling classes and activities will be followed by a light meal.

“The objective of our Storyteller Series is to help both the elders and our youth,” says Julie Garreau, executive director of CRYP. “They will be following a long tradition of the oral histories and storytelling handed down within the Lakota culture for centuries. They might also share their stories about growing up here on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, the native plants that they used for both eating and for medicinal purposes, or the Lakota ceremonies or whatever they want to bring to our kids. And it helps remind the kids who they are and the extraordinary place they come from.”

The storytelling event on Friday will be followed by a Hoop Dancing class featuring Dallas Eagle Chief, a ledger art show, an Indian taco sale and our weekly Midnight Basketball tournament.

For more information on the Storytelling Series, please contact Tammy Eagle Hunter at tammy.cryp@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/lakotayouth; www.twitter.com/lakotayouth or at www.lakotayouth.org.

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 to Host Free Hoop Dancing Workshop With Dallas Chief Eagle on Friday

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In collaboration with the South Dakota Arts Council, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will be hosting a Hoop Dancing Workshop taught by renowned hoop dancer Dallas Chief Eagle Jr. The class will be held this Friday, June 27th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium. The free classes will be broken into two age groups: Ages 6-12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ages 6-18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The classes will be followed by a performance by the students at 6:30 p.m. The performances are open to the public and a light supper will be served.

Chief Eagle, who is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Lakota Nation, is a recognized master and mentor of the Lakota Hoop Dance and as the director of the Hoop Dance Society on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, according to the South Dakota Arts Council.

Using over 300 hoops, students will learn self-balance, rhythm and movement, Chief Eagle – who is also a storyteller – teaches traditional Lakota values and character development, as well as the importance of male and female roles in the world. Those interested can sign up online here:

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“We are thrilled to offer traditional hoop dancing to our kids,” says Julie Garreau, executive director. “Part of our mission is provide culturally relevant and traditional activities and events to the youth of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. And we appreciate Dallas Chief Eagle for his commitment to sharing his talent and knowledge with our community.”

In addition to hoop dancing, Dallas Chief Eagle Jr., earned his Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1983 from the University of South Dakota and also received his M.A. from USD in Counseling, Guidance and Personnel Services. He holds membership in the American Association of Counseling and Development, the National Art Therapy Association, the South Dakota Indian Counselors Association; and the Medicine Wheel Association, Big Horn Mountains.

For more information on the Hoop Dancing Workshop please contact Tammy Eagle Hunter at tammy.cryp@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/lakotayouth; www.twitter.com/lakotayouth or at www.lakotayouth.org.

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 Receives USDA Grant to Support Tribal Food Sovereignty

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has partnered with the Cheyenne River Youth Project with a $20,000 grant to advance the growth and sustainability of the organization’s Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”)  Garden and the economic development enterprises it supports on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, which is classified as a “food desert” community by the government. The grant initiatives include assisting in the development of food preservation, as well as providing the foundation for the Farmers’ Market and assisting with its small businesses, namely the CRYP gift shop and Keya (Turtle) Cafe.

Each year, Winyan Toka Win – a two-acre, non-GMO garden that is planted and managed by local youth and teens – produces over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce, including several varieties of beans, corn, squash, peppers, zucchini, carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, eggplant, lettuce, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, all of which are naturally grown. The garden provides fresh produce for CRYP youth facilities and serves as a site for educating youth and community members about Native food systems.

The grant will go toward purchasing equipment essential to the goals and objectives of CRYP and the Winyan Toka Win Garden, including an upright freezer, a commercial mixer, a point of sale cash register system, a kitchen grill and furniture for the Farmers’ Market and cafe.

“At first glance this project may appear as a grant for food processing. But it is so much more,” said Elsie Meeks, South Dakota State Director of Rural Development for the USDA. “It is about teaching teens about gardening and processing the food they grow themselves. The teens learn important skills and work ethic and while they are learning these skills they also are being taught lessons around financial literacy. We are so pleased to lend support to CRYP.”

To share their knowledge, CRYP also collaborates with local and regional resources to provide workshops to community members on topics including; Starting/Expanding Your Garden, Heirloom Seeds, Water Conservation, Drying and Canning 101, etc. Additionally, CRYP offers courses on entrepreneurship and financial management to youth and community members providing them with the skills that will allow them to transform their product (produce, craft, art, baked goods) into a business opportunity, while gaining knowledge on budgeting and investing their income.

“One of the most important things tribes can do for themselves is to invest in growing and maintaining their own Native food sovereignty,” says Julie Garreau, executive director of CRYP. “Our kids are invested in this process from the beginning of the growing season, by weeding, seeding, watering and caring for the Winyan Toka Win Garden so that they see where food comes from and that this is a life skill that they can use to feed themselves and their community. We are proud of Winyan Toka Win and the support from the USDA and we appreciate all of the kids who work so hard to make this garden happen every single year.”

For more information on the Winyan Toka Win Garden and its programs please contact Ryan Devlin at sustainableag.cryp@gmail.com or Tammy Eagle Hunter at tammy.cryp@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/lakotayouth; www.twitter.com/lakotayouth or at www.lakotayouth.org.

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 to Host $5 Bags for Bucks and Rummage Sale Friday, June 20th

Doing its part to promote recycling while funding youth programs, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will be having a $5 Bags for Bucks and Rummage Sale during its weekly Farmers’ Market this Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center. The Farmers’ Market and the sale are both open to the public.

For a $5 fee, customers can fill a grocery bag with clothes, blankets, household goods, and other miscellaneous items. Some of the items, however, such as dishes, furniture and small appliances, will be individually priced for sale. All merchandise has been gently used, but there are no limits to the number of bags that can be purchased at the sale.

Additionally, breakfast will be available until noon at the Keya Cafe on Friday for shoppers who would like sample the menu items, which includes pancakes, breakfast burritos and omelettes, as well as an array of specialty coffee drinks and smoothies.

“We have a lot of items that we may not be able to use for a given project, so we like to do our part in recycling them where they can be of use to our community members,” says Julie Garreau, executive director of CRYP. “Therefore, it’s a win-win for both the community and our youth by helping to provide the funding we need to put back into our youth programming.”

So come join us on Friday to “buy local” and support the many hundreds of children and families who rely on our programs and services each year. For more information on the $5 Bags for Bucks and Rummage Sale, please contact Pamela Stolz at vista.cryp@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook, https://facebook.com/lakotayouth; www.twitter.com/lakotayouth or at www.lakotayouth.org.

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 Hosts Summer Youth Internship Program for its Keya Cafe

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The Cheyenne River Youth Project has begun its Summer Internship Program at its Keya Cafe to give CRST youth an opportunity to learn about business, entrepreneurship and basic professional skills by helping operate the organization’s new Keya Cafe.

The four interns, Eva Fielder, Bryanna Clown, Zenobia Lawrence and Tori Jensen, are all Cheyenne River tribal members and began the two-week internship on Monday, June 9th, and will rotate duties ranging from learning coffee barista skills, menu development, handling money and cash reconciliation, and customer service skills.

“We try to give them a wide range of responsibilities so that each of them will understand the enormous amount of work that goes into running a cafe,” says Jerri LaPlante, Keya Cafe’s manager. “Our goal is to give them a variety of work skills and experience to put on their resumes, or possibly start their own business.”

For CRYP, the internships are a win-win proposition for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

“From the beginning of CRYP our mission has been to create an environment of self-empowerment and ‘can do’ for our kids in the community,” says Julie Garreau, executive director. “The internships we offer provide more than doing simple tasks or ‘make work’ assignments. The intention is to give them the tools and, more importantly, the idea that they, too, can create and operate a business or enterprise of their own some day.”

Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and business owner, is assisting CRYP with the internship by facilitating professional development skills and leadership strategies for the young women in the program.

“We cover the fundamentals of basic customer service, professional expectations, telephone etiquette, appreciative inquiry, work plan development and effective communication strategies,” says Tilsen-Brave Heart.  “In all of my trainings, I talk about the importance of self-empowerment and viewing the world from a positive perspective rather than a negative one. These are crucial skills for successful Native entrepreneurs in cultivating and building sustainable economic development in Indian Country.”

Tilsen-Brave Heart is the owner of Painted Skye Consulting, a 100 percent Native-owned, woman-owned consulting firm. She is also the co-founder of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance and has been selected as Native American Instructor of the SBA e200 Executive Management Training for the State of South Dakota. She is also part owner of Native American Natural Foods and the Tanka Bar Family.

Additionally, certified paramedic Joe Melligan, of Ft. Pierre, SD, also assists in the programs, training interns in first aid, CPR and safety issues in the workplace.

“Especially in rural communities where emergency services can be limited, it’s important for everyone to know how to recognize the signs in a cardiac event and know how to do CPR,” says Melligan, an professional instructor for both the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. “Effective CPR can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. These young people now have an important life-saving skill that they can use for the rest of their lives.”

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. To learn more about CRYP, visit www.lakotayouth.org.

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CRYP to Open Leading Lady Farmers Market

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The Cheyenne River Youth Project is proud to announce the opening day of the Leading Lady Farmers Market on Friday, June 13th for the 2014 season. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the CRYP parking lot. The market will continue every Friday until the growing season concludes later this Summer. Additionally, CRYP also accepts EBT cards in order to provide healthy produce and fresh goods to community members of all economic backgrounds.

The market will offer fresh, naturally grown, non-GMO produce from CRYP’s own two-acre garden, and will also feature dried and canned goods, according to Ryan Devlin, CRYP’s Sustainable Agriculture Manager. Crafts and other merchandise from the gift shop will be available, as well as hand-made arts and crafts from the CRYP staff, including original paintings – the proceeds of which will benefit the organization’s Jr. Volunteer Program.

The market is also open to any local entrepreneurs who would like to sell their own homemade crafts, baked goods or home grown produce. Those interested in becoming vendors should visit the CRYP front desk to fill out an application. The vendor fee for the opening market will be waived, and all vendors will have a tent and table available free of charge for the entirety of the first market. CRYP encourages vendors of all ages to participate.

“Our purpose for the Winyan Toka Win Garden and the Farmers’ Market is to facilitate economic development for both CRYP and our tribal members to become self-sustaining through food sovereignty and entrepreneurship,” says Julie Garreau, CRYP’s founder and executive director. “We believe in the power of community development and the empowerment to create your own success story – whether you’re growing vegetables or creating arts and crafts to earn a living or supplement your income.”

The Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) Farmer’s Market started in 2010 as a venue for CRYP to sell its fresh produce and canned goods to the community from its organic garden. Since that time, the market has grown to include 10 local vendors thanks to a Northwest Area Foundation Grant that funded the purchase of market tents and tables to assist in small business development.

“The market strives to be a venue that promotes healthy food system building on Cheyenne River,” says Devlin, who earned his bachelors in Agricultural Science from Cornell University in New York. “Our ultimate goal is to become a local engine of successful community-based small scale entrepreneurship.”

For more information on the Farmers’ Market, please contact Ryan Devlin at sustainableag.cryp@gmail.com or at 605-964-8200. For more information on the Cheyenne River Youth Project or to donate please go to www.lakotayouth.org. Or follow us at www.facebook.com/lakotayouth or www.twitter.com/lakotayouth for news and updates.

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. To learn more about CRYP, visit www.lakotayouth.org.

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