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Monthly Archives: April 2016

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    Northwest Area Foundation Grant Allows CRYP to Expand Its Investment in Children

Northwest Area Foundation Grant Allows CRYP to Expand Its Investment in Children

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has been awarded a Northwest Area Foundation social enterprise grant that will allow the grassroots, nonprofit youth organization to expand its investment in young people growing up on the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation. The grant funding will support CRYP’s two-year “Growing the Next Generation Lakota Workforce” initiative, which incorporates the farm-to-table Keya (Turtle) Cafe, the Keya Gift Shop and the Leading Lady Farmers Market.

“Through our programs and facilities, we want to provide our children with job and life skills that will serve them well as they enter adulthood,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “That’s how we change lives — through classes, workshops, trainings and, perhaps most of all, our internship programs. Thanks to the Northwest Area Foundation, we’ll be able to continue developing our social enterprises here in Eagle Butte, expand our teen internships, and provide even more opportunities to our kids.”

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    Executive Director Julie Garreau Speaks at Texas A&M University History Conference

Executive Director Julie Garreau Speaks at Texas A&M University History Conference

Earlier this month, Cheyenne River Youth Project® staff members traveled from South Dakota to Bryan, Texas, for the 7th annual HGSO/PAT History Conference at Texas A&M University. The theme for this year’s conference was “Community. Culture. Conflict,” and CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau was a featured speaker during the two-day event.

Designed for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research, the conference drew nearly 70 participants from universities in and outside of Texas, according to Brooke Linsenbardt, Texas A&M PhD student and conference co-organizer. She said the organizers sought to do something a little different this year, and that’s where CRYP came in.

“We specifically wanted to be more interdisciplinary and bring in a third speaker who is not part of the academy — not a historian at a university,” she explained. “We all believe that history is important to people in the present, and sometimes, historians forget this. People who engage with communities in the present time are doing very important work, and we wanted to create that bridge between the academy and the communities.”

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April Hall of Fame: Sapphire Lucero

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project opened the doors to its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center 10 years ago, staff members envisioned that the 26,000-square-foot facility would become a true center of life in the Cheyenne River community. And, they hoped teens would use the center and its offerings to find their true passions, their authentic voices and a variety of healthy, culturally relevant ways to move effectively toward achieving their dreams.

That’s exactly what Cokata Wiconi has done for young people like Sapphire Lucero, 14. Sapphire has been attending CRYP programs and events since 2012; and, while she enjoys hanging out with friends in the teen center and the Keya Cafe, she also has become an accomplished teen art intern.

“I wanted to get better at art,” she explains. “I thought this would be a great opportunity.”

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CRYP Welcomes April Cohort of Teen Wellness Interns

On Wednesday, April 6, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® welcomed its spring cohort of teen wellness interns, who will spend the month focusing on how to nurture healthy minds and bodies. These teen internships are a critical component of CRYP’s ongoing holistic wellness initiatives, which incorporate physical fitness, nutrition, diabetes prevention, healthy lifestyle choices and, perhaps most importantly, Lakota values and traditions.

“Our Lakota culture is a critical piece of our wholeness,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Strengthening the connection our kids have to their traditional values and native wisdom builds an enduring foundation for lasting holistic wellness, for themselves and for our community.”

This April wellness interns are: Jacine Carter, 18; Ladonna Chasing Hawk, 14; Derreck Eagle, 16; Alexis Fiddler, 13; Randi Little Star, 14; Lucia Lone Eagle, 14; Marckis Red Dog, 13; Dessa Scares the Hawk, 13; and Jaymalee Turning Heart, 15. Through their four-week internships, the nine teens will participate in classes, special trainings, youth mentorship and planning special events. The internships will last until the end of the month, and those teens who have completed 60 hours by April 30 will earn stipends of $500.

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    CRYP Hosts “Cooking with Commodities,” Prepares to Launch Spring Bike Club

CRYP Hosts “Cooking with Commodities,” Prepares to Launch Spring Bike Club

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to holistic youth wellness, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is developing engaging new programming that it hopes will inspire young people on the remote Cheyenne River Lakota reservation to live healthier, more vibrant lives. Teens recently took part in an ambitious “Cooking with Commodities” class at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center, and preparations are under way for the Spring Bike Club at The Main youth center.

“Our children aren’t going to be able to make better choices when it comes to their nutrition and physical activity if we don’t show them how,” said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s executive director. “We need to demonstrate how to make those choices, and how to incorporate good decision-making into daily life.”

Through “Cooking with Commodities,” teen chefs learned how to create a healthy meal with the commodity foods Cheyenne River families typically receive. The class took place on Wednesday, March 23, in CRYP’s Keya (Turtle) Cafe.

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