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Monthly Archives: December 2015

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    PLEASE HELP: 300+ “Dear Santa” Letters Remain to be Adopted

PLEASE HELP: 300+ “Dear Santa” Letters Remain to be Adopted

Christmas is a little more than two weeks away, which means the clock is winding down for Cheyenne River Youth Project® staff and volunteers as they prepare to bring Santa Claus to 1,500 children across South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre reservation. More than 300 “Dear Santa” letters remain to be adopted — but it’s not too late to help.

“All you need to do is contact us for a ‘Dear Santa’ letter, which will contain a child’s wish list for Santa and his or her shoe and clothing sizes,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Or, if you would prefer to contribute funds, you can donate through our website at lakotayouth.org. We’ll do the shopping on our end, ensuring that every child who wrote to Santa will have something special underneath the tree this year.

“Donated funds also will help us feed and house the many volunteers from around the world who come to support us during the Christmas Toy Drive,” she continued. “We couldn’t do it without their help, so we are grateful for any financial support we can get.”

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“Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation” is Now Available

Four years ago, a Colorado-based creative team embarked on a fine-art photography project designed to celebrate life on north-central South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River reservation, home to four bands of the Lakota nation. Richard and Heather Steinberger, a photographer-writer team from Bailey, Colorado, joined forces with Evergreen, Colorado-based photographer Matt Normann to develop a coffee table book that would introduce Cheyenne River’s landscapes, flora and fauna, communities, traditions and residents to a larger audience.

That book is now available to the public through Amazon, and the creative team has announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the 27-year-old, not-for-profit Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte. CRYP will use those funds to meet needs wherever they are greatest, from youth programming to family services.


“We’ve always strongly believed that Cheyenne River’s story is one of hope, not one of despair,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “So when Heather, Richard and Matt first approached us with the idea for this project, we were very excited. Our community really got behind them, and the end result is a beautiful book that really was a team effort. We’re all very proud of it.”

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    CRYP Receives $25K Grant from the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation

CRYP Receives $25K Grant from the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it has received a $25,000 grant for 2016 from the Red Lodge, Montana-based O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation. The 27-year-old, not-for-profit, grassroots youth organization will use this much-needed funding to support daily operations at its large East Lincoln Street campus and to continue expanding its culturally sensitive, enduring and engaging youth programs throughout the year to come.

The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation’s General Fund supports organizations that “help provide a bridge to a life of greater opportunity to low-income, at-risk, underserved youth and children.” In particular, the foundation focuses on assistance that is holistic and long-lasting, and that addresses the significant factors that impede success in education and life. According to Amy Hyfield, the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation’s executive director, CRYP was a perfect fit.

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    It’s #GivingTuesday: Support Our Christmas Toy Drive Today!

It’s #GivingTuesday: Support Our Christmas Toy Drive Today!

Today is December 1, and that means just five days until Chanukah, 24 days until the Christmas holiday, and 30 days until the end of the year. This particular Tuesday also is #GivingTuesday.

Today, individuals, students, families, businesses, community organizations and charities around the world will come together for one common purpose: to to give back. It’s a global celebration – and a new tradition of kindness, generosity and good will toward others.

Today, consider supporting the Cheyenne River Youth Project®, which has just three weeks left to fulfill the Christmas wishes of 1,500 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation. More than 1,000 letters in the 2015 Christmas Toy Drive have already been adopted by generous supporters, yet more than 400 “Dear Santa” letters still need sponsors.

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