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Yearly Archives: 2017

Support CRYP’s 2017 School Supplies Drive by Aug. 1!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it is now accepting donations for its 2017 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 Wednesday, Aug. 2. 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. Each year, CRYP serves more than 500 Cheyenne River children at the scheduled August distribution and in the days and weeks to follow.

On South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota reservation, which comprises two of the poorest counties in the nation, most families don’t have room in their budgets for annual school supplies. That’s why staff and volunteers at CRYP work so hard to organize and distribute these much-needed items to their community’s schoolchildren.

“Every child deserves to start the new school year with the tools he or she needs to be successful,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “They also should be able to enjoy the excitement, anticipation and fun of preparing for the first day of school. At our distribution on Aug. 2, our kids will be able to choose their favorite items, help their parents make sure they’ve gotten everything on their lists, connect with friends, and be able to start the new year at the same starting line as everyone else.”

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July Hall of Fame: Jason White Horse

Cheyenne River’s young people immersed themselves in art during CRYP’s RedCan invitational graffiti jam this year. From the First Peoples’ Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts activities to the many ready-and-waiting walls in the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, teens and littles alike expressed themselves creatively and energetically.

CRYP’s art interns were busy too. With the support of guest artists and instructors, they sketched their ideas and then hit the park, refining their color choices and styling, and practicing that elusive skill called can control. Jason White Horse was among them.

Sixteen-year-old Jason started painting roughly two years ago, and now he’s going through his second art internship in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute. According to Tammy Granados, youth programs director, the internship has been valuable for this polite, attentive teen on more than one level—as his artistic skills have grown, so have his life skills.

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    CRYP and CNAY Join Forces on “Champions for Change” Youth Pilot Project

CRYP and CNAY Join Forces on “Champions for Change” Youth Pilot Project

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it is joining forces with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute to create an exciting one-year youth pilot project on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Modeled on CNAY’s national “Champions for Change” program, this local initiative will be designed to recognize youth leaders within the community, and to elevate and support the voices and priorities of those young people.

“Far too often, because of their circumstances and where they come from, our youth are put into a box,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “They believe this is who they are, and who they will become. But we imagine them out of that box, we give them the tools to break down those walls, and we help them see what they can do, what’s possible, what’s attainable.

“This partnership with CNAY means a great deal to us,” she continued. “It’s a natural extension of what CRYP has been doing for nearly 30 years… providing our kids with options, opportunities, and ultimately access to a healthier, more vibrant future.”

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AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY

The Cheyenne River Youth Project would like to issue the following statement to address a recent incident that took place during this year’s RedCan art event. On the closing day of the event, the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s staff discovered potential theft of CRYP property on the part of one of the participating artists. This activity has been reported to law enforcement and is currently under investigation. We are also contacting this person to further address and resolve this situation. Security camera footage has documented the alleged theft, which clearly identifies the person responsible. As a result, CRYP made the difficult decision to remove that artist’s murals from the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park.

CRYP greatly respects the dignity and creative work of all artists and has established the RedCan art event in an effort to foster and promote the work of Native artists through the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park. Under normal circumstances, CRYP would never remove a person’s work from the park without attempting to resolve any issues with that person. Unfortunately, these were not normal circumstances, and the potential theft involved in this matter required CRYP to take appropriate action to limit this person’s participation in the RedCan art event. This potential illegal conduct was troubling to the dedicated staff and volunteers of CRYP, who followed established policies in dealing with this situation.

It is CRYP’s position that all actions taken in relation to this matter were both appropriate and necessary in order to address the situation, and CRYP is looking to adopt further safeguards to ensure this situation does not reoccur in the future. CRYP looks forward to the continued success of the RedCan art event and the future growth of the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, so it can continue to showcase the artwork of Native graffiti artists.

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    CRYP Will be Featured on OWN’s “The Hero Effect” on July 8

CRYP Will be Featured on OWN’s “The Hero Effect” on July 8

When “The Hero Effect” returns to the Oprah Winfrey Network this Saturday, it will travel to South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota reservation and shine a spotlight on the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project. The episode is scheduled to air at 10 a.m. Eastern / 9 a.m. Central on OWN.

In this episode, viewers will have the opportunity to meet a variety of Cheyenne River community members, from elders and youth to the dedicated founder and executive director of CRYP, Julie Garreau.

“Julie has guided CRYP since it opened its doors nearly 30 years ago,” said Tammy Granados, youth programs director. “Thanks to her extraordinary vision, her willingness to work hard, her commitment to mentoring the next generation of Lakota leaders, and the boundless love she has for this community and its youth, we’re serving our second generation of children and have grown from a small, volunteer-run youth center to an entire campus. We’re so grateful that ‘The Hero Effect’ team discovered the woman who is a hero to so many people here—and throughout Indian country.”

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    RedCan Wins Americans for the Arts’ 2017 Robert E. Gard Award

RedCan Wins Americans for the Arts’ 2017 Robert E. Gard Award

This month, Americans for the Arts awarded its 2017 Robert E. Gard award to the Cheyenne River Youth Project® for its annual RedCan graffiti jam. CRYP was one of just 10 finalists for the esteemed award, which celebrates exemplary work at the intersection of the arts and community life.

“We’re deeply honored that Americans for the Arts chose RedCan for this year’s award,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “When we created RedCan two years ago, we knew that graffiti and street art resonated with our youth; through art, we wanted to provide them with new tools to explore their identity, share their stories, and find their unique voices.

“We never imagined how RedCan would grow and evolve in such a short time,” she continued. “Yes, it’s about our youth—healing them, and strengthening the connection to their culture—but it’s also about loving our community, and lifting it up together.”

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RedCan 2017 Gift Items Now Available for Purchase Online

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that its signature RedCan gift items are now available for purchase online through its website at lakotayouth.org; from the home page, simply click “RedCan” and then “Shop.” All proceeds from RedCan gift purchases will benefit the nonprofit youth organization’s programming and services.

Gift items include RedCan 2017 T-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, and special edition whole bean and ground coffee. All feature this year’s RedCan logo, created by acclaimed Kansas City, Missouri-based artist Scribe, who is returning to Cheyenne River this year for his second RedCan experience.

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June Hall of Fame: Jeremiah Dwayne Tiger

While the Cheyenne River Youth Project has provided programming and facilities for 13- to 18-year-olds since we opened our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center in 2006, we’ve been serving our reservation’s 4- to 12-year-olds since the very beginning. They eagerly came through the doors of The Main youth center when we first opened in 1988, and they’ve kept coming for nearly 30 years.

“Our young kids will always find us,” says Julie Garreau, our executive director. “That’s why we have to be here for them. They depend on us.”

It doesn’t take much to bring these children through the door. In the case of then 6-year-old Jeremiah Dwayne Tiger, it only took a sign that read, “The Main is open.” Three years later, Jeremiah, now 9 and about to enter the fourth grade at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Elementary School, is still coming to The Main regularly.

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    CRYP and DQ Will Host Annual “Sweet Tooth for Youth” on June 18-24

CRYP and DQ Will Host Annual “Sweet Tooth for Youth” on June 18-24

For the eighth year in a row, the local Dairy Queen in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is planning to host a very special fundraising event to benefit the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. From Sunday, June 18 to Saturday, June 24, $1 from the purchase of each Blizzard, shake or malt will be donated to the local nonprofit, grassroots youth organization.

During “Sweet Tooth for Youth,” the youth project’s staff and DQ owners Lonnie and Jackie Heier are hoping to raise $2,000 to benefit summer youth programming at The Main, CRYP’s youth center dedicated to 4- to 12-year-olds. These programs include Bike Club, Summer Literacy, Garden Club, arts and crafts, and other innovative daily activities; the funding also will support summer field trips for the younger children.

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Now Available: Schedule for RedCan 2017

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has just released the schedule of events for its upcoming 2017 RedCan graffiti jam. The eagerly anticipated arts and culture festival is scheduled for June 29-July 1 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Thirteen headline artists from eight states and Switzerland will attend this year’s RedCan event. More than half have indigenous heritage, including Taino, Hawaiian, O’odham, Yacqui, Cherokee and Lakota; in addition to painting at mural sites around town and in CRYP’s free public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, they also will be painting alongside local native artists, attending the teen art interns’ exhibition as honored guests, leading youth art workshops, and giving young people the treasured opportunity to paint alongside their heroes.

Featured artists this year are Estria from Hawaii; East from Denver; Serval from Switzerland; Scribe from Kansas City, Missouri; Kazilla and ER from Miami; Cyfi, Wundr and Biafra Inc. from Minnesota’s Twin Cities; Scape Martinez from San Francisco; Dwayno Insano from Tucson, Arizona; and Siamese and Rehst from Rapid City.

“We’re stunned at how quickly RedCan has gone global,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “In just two short years, we’ve reached artists around the world with our message, and they’re contacting us to express interest in attending. It’s incredible.”

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