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Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • 2014 School Supplies
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    CRYP Provides School Supplies to 511 Children on the Cheyenne River Reservation

CRYP Provides School Supplies to 511 Children on the Cheyenne River Reservation

On Wednesday, August 20, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® hosted its annual School Supplies Drive distribution in the Cokata Wiconi teen center’ gymnasium. Now, just days later, the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project has already provided 135 families and 511 children — from Headstart through high school — with the school supplies they need to start the new school year off right.

Supplies included backpacks, protractors, compasses, calculators, mechanical pencils, writing tablets, fat pencils, fat crayons, folders, pencil cases, notebook paper, kid-friendly scissors, erasers, glue sticks, pencils, pens and rulers. This annual distribution is part of CRYP’s Family Services program, which was founded in 2002 to manage the organization’s influx of in-kind donations throughout the year.

“Students and families who attended the distribution event last Wednesday were able to choose which supplies they wanted,” said Pamela Stolz, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who works full time at CRYP and helped coordinate the event. “Anyone coming in after that day was able to take home a pre-filled backpack loaded with supplies.”

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    Join CRYP this Labor Day Weekend! The Fun Starts This Friday.

Join CRYP this Labor Day Weekend! The Fun Starts This Friday.

Labor Day weekend is just days away, and the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is reminding South Dakota residents and vacationers that this is a great time to visit Eagle Butte. Not only will the city be hosting the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo and Powwow, CRYP will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of special activities at its East Lincoln Street campus.

Here are our scheduled activities on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday!

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  • Veggie of the Week - Carrots
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    50+ Pounds of Carrots Harvested for “Veggie of the Week.” Next, at the Aug. 29 Farmers Market: Onions

50+ Pounds of Carrots Harvested for “Veggie of the Week.” Next, at the Aug. 29 Farmers Market: Onions

Carrots were the star of the Leading Lady Farmers Market on Friday, August 22. According to Ryan Devlin, CRYP’s Sustainable Agriculture Manager, staff, garden interns and youth participants harvested more than 50 pounds of the “Veggie of the Week.”

“We sold three bunches of carrots at the farmers market, we used 35 pounds to make carrot cake for our Keya Cafe, we used 4 pounds to make roasted beets and carrots for our teens and children at the Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center, and our youth participants pulled 7 pounds for good, fresh eating,” Devlin reported. He also noted that CRYP’s recipes of the week were carrot cake and roasted carrots.

This week’s Veggie of the Week: onions! Visit the Leading Lady Farmers Market at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus on Friday, August 29 and take advantage of great prices and delicious recipes.

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    Beets Have a Great Week at CRYP! And at the Aug. 22 Farmers Market: Carrots

Beets Have a Great Week at CRYP! And at the Aug. 22 Farmers Market: Carrots

CRYP introduced beets as its second “Veggie of the Week” at the Leading Lady Farmers Market on August 15, and according to Sustainable Agriculture Manager Ryan Devlin, they were an absolute success.

“More than 80 pounds of beets were harvested by garden interns and The Main’s youth participants in the course of just one week,” he reported. “We sold three bunches at the farmers market, used 60 pounds for canning, and incorporated four pounds into meals for our children and teens. And our featured recipe was roasted beets and carrots!”

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25th Anniversary Festivities on Deck for Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is less than two weeks away, and that means it’s time to start thinking about “The Fair” on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in remote north-central South Dakota. Each year, Cheyenne River residents and visitors congregate in Eagle Butte for the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo & Powwow — this year’s festivities are scheduled for Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1

In conjunction with its ongoing 25th anniversary celebrations, Cheyenne River Youth Project® is playing a major role on the weekend calendar, with a signature edition of Midnight Basketball; a community give-away; a special CRYP float in the Labor Day Parade; and full breakfast, lunch and dinner service at the Keya Cafe.

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  • Veggie of the Week- Zucchini
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    Zucchini Launches New Veggie of the Week Program — Next Veggie of the Week: Beets!

Zucchini Launches New Veggie of the Week Program — Next Veggie of the Week: Beets!

During last week’s Leading Lady Farmers Market, CRYP introduced its new Veggie of the Week program, and zucchini was the star of the August 8 show. According to Ryan Devlin, CRYP’s sustainable agriculture manager, more than 100 pounds of zucchini was harvested from the Winyan Toka Win garden, and more than 40 of those pounds were sold to the Cheyenne River community through the farmers market.

Staff and volunteers used more than 60 pounds at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus. Some of the vegetables were incorporated into meals for the children and teens, while others were processed for later use at the Keya Cafe and in various youth programs. During the week, youth participants got to enjoy a homemade goulash with zucchini, and they savored zucchini chips. (You can try the recipe at home!)

The next market will take place on Friday, August 15, and beets will be the new veggie of the week.

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    Together, CRYP and Running Strong Support Cheyenne River Families

Together, CRYP and Running Strong Support Cheyenne River Families

For many years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, 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. And, after the 2013-14 fiscal year closed on June 30, the 25-year-old youth project announced that the partnership once again successfully served the local community through the Heat Assistance and Home Improvement programs; scholarships to assist groups with renting facilities at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus; a food grant; and a variety of much-needed, in-kind donations.

The Heat Assistance Program, which took place in February and March, assisted local families with their propane and electric bills or with their firewood purchases. Through this program, Cheyenne River families may request matching funds up to $100 to help cover their fuel costs when they most need it. CRYP processes the requests and works with local providers to ensure that each family receives assistance as soon as possible.

All a family member needs to apply for the matching funds is a $25 minimum contribution and an annual membership in CRYP’s Family Services. This year, thanks to $20,000 in grant funding from Running Strong, CRYP was able to provide matching funds to 1,318 individuals in 216 families — 795 of those individuals were children.

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    Junior Volunteers Attend 2014 UNITY Conference in Portland, Oregon

Junior Volunteers Attend 2014 UNITY Conference in Portland, Oregon

Earlier this summer, five Cheyenne River Sioux teens had the opportunity to join more than 1,400 native youth ages 14 to 24 from around the United States at the 38th annual National UNITY Conference. This year’s conference, held June 28 to July 2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, focused on “Healing and Empowering Aspiring Leaders with Tradition and Heritage.”

The National UNITY Council, comprising youth representatives from affiliated youth councils, hosted the event and developed the packed five-day agenda. After the ceremonial lighting of the UNITY Fire, attendees plunged into leadership development through educational keynotes, activities, and workshops.Representing Cheyenne River were Elijah Brown Wolf, Kipp Reddog, Snowy Fire Cloud, Justice Fire Cloud, and Warren Swan, all participants in the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s Junior Volunteer Program. A sixth junior volunteer, Selena Swan, elected to attend the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduates Program (GEARUP) in Rapid City, South Dakota, but she will continue with the CRYP youth leadership program this fall.

The students’ trip to the National UNITY Conference was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), which provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. According to Jerica Widow-Rivers, youth programs assistant, the trip was a major milestone for Cheyenne River’s junior volunteers.

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  • 2014 College Night Event
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    CRYP Will Host College Night on Aug. 7, Kicking Off Fall College Programming at Cokata Wiconi

CRYP Will Host College Night on Aug. 7, Kicking Off Fall College Programming at Cokata Wiconi

On Thursday, August 7, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will welcome students from St. Charles, Missouri-based Lindenwood University for a special edition of the 2014 College Night Series. This free College Night event, which is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. at the Cokata Wiconi teen center, officially will launch the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project’s Fall College Programming.

According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director, the Lindenwood University students are coming to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, in conjunction with the SWAMP-IN volunteer group. Also based in the St. Charles-St. Louis region, this volunteer group has been serving Cheyenne River youth and families through the youth project for many years and, in fact, is known as “the St. Louis Branch of CRYP.”

“The Lindenwood University group, for the most part, comprises international students,” Eagle Hunter said. “We’ve invited them to share their experiences with starting school in an entirely new place and culture, which we feel will resonate with our young people here on Cheyenne River.”

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    Leading Lady Farmers Market Continues Successful Season, Introduces “Veggie of the Week!”

Leading Lady Farmers Market Continues Successful Season, Introduces “Veggie of the Week!”

Now in its second season, CRYP’s Leading Lady Farmers Market has reached new heights — and continues to grow. To date, the market has raised more than $1,000 to support CRYP programming and services, it has educated 15 teen interns, and it’s giving participating community members a valuable revenue stream of their own.

And more good news is on the way. According to Ryan Devlin, CRYP’s sustainable agriculture manager, it involves more teen internships, more community vendors, and even a veggie of the week.

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