Monthly Archives: July 2016

The RedCan Graffiti Jam is About So Much More Than Art

Earlier this month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® hosted its 2nd annual RedCan graffiti jam, and by all accounts, the second incarnation was even more successful than the first. If last year’s inaugural RedCan was all about introducing the Lakota and graffiti art communities to each other, then this year was about taking the entire experience to the next level.

“You could feel the energy in town,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Everyone knew what RedCan was about, and the atmosphere was buzzing.”

New headliners included Scribe from Kansas City, Missouri; Serval from Switzerland; Cyfi from Minnesota’s Twin Cities; and ER from Austin, Texas. Returning for a second year were East, from Denver; Kazilla, from Miami; and Biafra Inc., Daesk and Wundr, all from the Twin Cities.

Native artists joined the visiting artists in the art park and around town. Focus and Rehst, both members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, traveled to Eagle Butte from Rapid City, while Leland Benoist and Annie Chasing Hawk call the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation home. (In an interesting footnote, two of the headlining guest artists also have native roots: East has Cherokee heritage, and Cyfi has Yaqui heritage.)

“Being able to paint with the likes of Serval and East, artists I grew up admiring, was a highlight for me,” Focus said.

And the creativity they unleashed together in Eagle Butte was simply astounding.

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Support CRYP’s 2016 School Supplies Drive!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it is accepting donations for its 2016 School Supplies Drive, scheduled to take place at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 8. All members of CRYP’s Family Services program are welcome to participate with their children.

Families who aren’t able to attend the distribution are welcome to visit Cokata Wiconi at a later date to choose their school supplies. In 2015, CRYP served more than 500 Cheyenne River children at the scheduled August distribution and in the days and weeks to follow.

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July Hall of Fame: Lisa Littleton

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project first launched its innovative teen internship programs in 2014, its primary goal was to give Cheyenne River’s young people new opportunities to learn job and life skills that would serve them well into adulthood. That goal is now being realized, as some of their more experienced interns are entering the workforce with talent, ability and enthusiasm.

Lisa Littleton, 18, started attending CRYP’s programs in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, when she was a young child. Three years ago, she decided to tackle the first-ever Sustainable Agriculture internship. She served as a intern for three years, becoming intimately familiar with the youth project’s 2-acre Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden.

Then she heard CRYP needed a staff gardener for summer 2016. Lisa says it was an easy decision to apply for the job.

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