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Monthly Archives: October 2016

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    CRYP Introduces an Indigenous Arts “Rezolution” with New RedCan Documentary

CRYP Introduces an Indigenous Arts “Rezolution” with New RedCan Documentary

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has just released its eagerly anticipated RedCan graffiti jam documentary. Available to the public on the youth project’s YouTube channel and through its Facebook page, the approximately nine-minute video introduces audiences to RedCan, its featured artists, CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park, and the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.

Perhaps even more importantly, the documentary introduces viewers to Cheyenne River’s children—and the critical role RedCan plays in their lives.

“Ever since we founded RedCan in 2015, we’ve recognized that it’s so much more than a graffiti jam,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We’re proud that we created an unprecedented way for graffiti culture and Lakota culture to come together, but as we experienced the first RedCan and then saw the second one completely eclipse the first in terms of outreach and impact, we realized that what we really created is a revolution.”

That revolution also is what Garreau called a “rezolution.” Not only does RedCan expose Cheyenne River’s young people to what has become the largest and longest-running art movement in human history, it encourages them to explore their own unique identities, find their voices, share their stories and truths, and find positive, healthy means of self-expression.

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    Executive Director Julie Garreau Travels to Mexico on Cordes Fellowship

Executive Director Julie Garreau Travels to Mexico on Cordes Fellowship

This week, the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s executive director, Julie Garreau, is participating as a delegate in the Cordes Fellowship’s Opportunity Collaboration in Cancún, Mexico. Garreau was awarded the fellowship last year, one of 50 winners out of 500 applicants, but was unable to attend the fall 2015 event in Ixtapa.

Cordes Fellowships are designed for exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who are engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises. The purpose of the fellowship program is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders; and infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

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    Help CRYP Win a Wellmark Foundation Community Kickstarter Grant!

Help CRYP Win a Wellmark Foundation Community Kickstarter Grant!

This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is competing to win a $10,000 Wellmark Foundation Community Kickstarter grant. From now through October 7, members of the public can vote for CRYP’s grant project once per day at www.facebook.com/WellmarkBCBS.

To date, the Wellmark Foundation has received approximately 120 qualified applications. Although public voting is just one part of the overall scoring process, it demonstrates which projects have the most community support.

If CRYP wins, this grant funding will allow it to provide critical infrastructure for youth at the East Lincoln Street campus in Eagle Butte. For example, CRYP staff hope to build a greenhouse in the 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden so they can jumpstart the all-too-short growing season in north-central South Dakota. Also on deck: the installation of new safety pads in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s full-size gymnasium.

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    CRYP Launches Annual Christmas Toy Drive for 1,600+ Children

CRYP Launches Annual Christmas Toy Drive for 1,600+ Children

By the time fall arrives, countless children are already writing their letters to Santa Claus, already counting down the days until he arrives with his bountiful stocking-stuffers and beautifully wrapped packages. Countless parents are already making their annual holiday to-do lists, hoping that they’ll get the holiday cards, shopping, baking, and decorating done on time this year.

Unfortunately, that’s not the reality for everyone. When there is no room in the family budget for gifts, much less ornaments or Christmas cookies, the holidays are likely to be stressful and sad rather than merry.

That’s why the Cheyenne River Youth Project started its annual Christmas Toy Drive more than a quarter century ago. On the Cheyenne River reservation in north-central South Dakota, the unemployment rate hovers near 75 percent, and approximately 60 percent of households with children under the age of 18 fall below the poverty line. Here, too many children would likely have no Christmas at all, so CRYP stepped in to help Santa Claus—and ease the burden on families who have so little.

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2016 Christmas Toy Drive: How to Help

There are several ways to help CRYP serve more than 1,600 children during the 2016 Christmas Toy Drive:

1. Make a tax-deductible donation by sending cash, a check or a money order to: The Cheyenne River Youth Project, P.O. Box 410, Eagle Butte, SD 57625.

2. Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal on the CRYP Web site at www.lakotayouth.org.

3. Donate a gift. To request a specific “Dear Santa” letter and to see the most-requested-gift list, contact Julie Garreau, executive director, at (605) 964-8200 or via e-mail at julie.cryp@gmail.com.

4. Donate gift cards, gift bags, wrapping paper, tissue paper, tape or anything else that might assist in toy-drive preparations.

5. Consider donating a Santa suit! We’d also love clothes for Mrs. Claus and the elves.

6. Spread the word. If you have friends or family members who might like to make a donation, please let them know how they can help.

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