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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Winyan Toka Win Garden Evolves Into Micro Farm

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project® first began its organic garden in 1999, staff members at the 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization scarcely could have imagined where that little garden would take them. Now, 16 years later, the thriving 2-acre Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) garden is the beating heart of the youth project — and it’s quickly becoming a veritable micro farm.

Today, sustainable agriculture at CRYP supports nutritious meals and snacks at the Main youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds and at the Cokata Wiconi teen center. It provides fresh ingredients for the farm-to-table Keya (“Turtle”) Cafe, and merchandise for the Keya Gift Shop and seasonal Leading Lady Farmers Market. To continue pursuing its long-term vision for the initiative, CRYP has invested in a new irrigation system, a garden redesign, and a composting system.

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CRYP Seeks Community Vendors for RedCan Graffiti Jam

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is seeking community vendors to sell original artwork, handmade crafts, and local farm and garden produce at the inaugural RedCan Graffiti Jam. This groundbreaking event, a first for Indian country, is scheduled for July 8-9 at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park and July 11 at Rapid City’s Art Alley.

Visiting artists include East Foster from Denver, Kazilla from Miami, Meme from southern California, Tyler “Siamese” Read from Rapid City, and Peyton Scott Russell, Biafra Inc. and Wundr from Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Also on hand will be a variety of native and non-native artists, hip-hop groups, native drum groups and native dancers.

“We’re inviting our local vendors and artisans to participate because, at its heart, RedCan is about our Cheyenne River community,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “It’s about telling our stories and sharing our life experiences, celebrating relationships and forging new connections, introducing honored guests to our rich Lakota heritage and culture, and celebrating the role our people have to play in the longest-running art movement in the history of man.”

CRYP has six canopy tents and 6-foot tables available for participating vendors, who may take part in RedCan free of charge. All proceeds benefit the individual vendors.

Please contact the CRYP office at (605) 964-8200 to reserve vendor space for RedCan. Please note: While the youth project welcomes fresh produce and canned goods from local farms and gardens, it does not require food/meal vendors at this time.

The Cheyenne River Youth Project, founded in 1988, is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a wide variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities that ensure strong, self-sufficient families and communities.

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    Nearly 200 Riders Complete 2015 RASDak Ride, Raise Almost $18K for CRYP

Nearly 200 Riders Complete 2015 RASDak Ride, Raise Almost $18K for CRYP

This month, nearly 200 people from 29 U.S. states and Canada rode their bicycles 480 miles across South Dakota, from the Black Hills to the state’s eastern glacial lakes. The 198 riders, ranging from 8 to 78 years old, were taking part in the weeklong Ride Across South Dakota, an annual event that supports charitable organizations across South Dakota— including the 26-year-old, not-for-profit, grassroots Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte.

In the 2015 RASDak, not only did riders spend the night at CRYP, they raised nearly $18,000 to support the venerable youth organization’s ongoing mission on the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

“RASDak raised roughly $12,900 for CRYP, which incorporated $10,000 directly from RASDak and the remainder from individual donations,” said Kasey Abbott, one of the ride’s lead organizers. “If you include the $5,000 that was anonymously donated, then we’re nearing the $18,000 mark. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some additional donations come in.”

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    RedCan Graffiti Jam Will Feature Artists from Across U.S., Plus Skateboard Exhibition

RedCan Graffiti Jam Will Feature Artists from Across U.S., Plus Skateboard Exhibition

It’s almost here. Indian country’s first-ever graffiti jam is just three weeks away, and it’s built incredible momentum. The Cheyenne River Youth Project® staff reports that acclaimed artists, valued supporters and friends will converge on Eagle Butte, South Dakota, from around the world.

The revolutionary arts event, titled RedCan, is scheduled for July 8-9 in Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, where activities will take place in CRYP’s 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park and at select sites around the community. From there, artists will head west for a second RedCan event in Rapid City’s Art Alley.

Headline artists include East Foster from Denver (pictured here), Kazilla from Miami, Meme from southern California, Tyler “Siamese” Read from Rapid City, and Peyton Scott Russell, Biafra Inc. and Wundr from Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Also on hand will be a variety of native and non-native artists, hip-hop groups, native drum groups and native dancers.

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June Partner of the Month: Eagle Butte’s Dairy Queen

This month, CRYP would like to highlight a community partner that is very near and dear to our hearts: Dairy Queen in Eagle Butte.

Since 2010, DQ owners Lonnie and Jackie Heier have been valued partners in the annual Sweet Tooth for Youth fundraiser. In this popular fundraising event, $1 of every malt, shake, Blizzard and Orange Julius purchase is donated to CRYP to support its youth programming and services. The 6th annual Sweet Tooth for Youth fundraiser took place on May 10-16 and raised $1,130 — an impressive number, given the cold, wet, uncooperative weather.

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CRYP Will Host Annual RASDak Bicycle Riders on June 9-10

In less than a week, nearly 200 riders and a volunteer support crew from 29 states and Canada will depart the Black Hills on a seven-day tour that will end in eastern South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes. The riders and crew are part of the annual Ride Across South Dakota, a not-for-profit event that supports charitable organizations across the state — including the 26-year-old, grassroots Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte.

Founded in 2013, RASDak travels a different route each year. This year, the seven-day tour will take riders along 480 miles of South Dakota Highways. They’ll start in Spearfish on Sunday, June 7 and end near Milbank on Saturday, June 13. Riders will see firsthand Spearfish Canyon, rolling rural grasslands, long vistas from the breaks of the Missouri River, and the meandering farmland and glacial lakes of northeastern South Dakota.

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    Interns Learn Arts of Stenciling & Paper Collage From Acclaimed Guest Instructors

Interns Learn Arts of Stenciling & Paper Collage From Acclaimed Guest Instructors

The Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s first cohort art interns had a busy spring, studying the history of graffiti and street art, learning the art of creative lettering, and exploring how community art parks like CRYP’s new, 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park can be tools for critical change. In late April, the six art interns delved into stenciling with guest instructor Biafra Inc., an accomplished stencil artist based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities; currently, they are working on collage with fellow Minneapolis-based artist and art instructor Peyton Scott Russell.

During his April course at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus, Biafra introduced the staff and interns to common stenciling tools such as knives, papers and paints, and then they had an opportunity to practice making lines and curves. They worked on understanding, locating and cutting bridges — the most complicated part of the process — and practiced on images and letters that would be used in their final project.

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