Monthly Archives: August 2017

CRYP Unveils 2017 RedCan Documentary, Announces 2018 Dates

In conjunction with releasing its 2017 RedCan mini-documentary (see it now on YouTube!), CRYP also has just announced the dates for its 2018 RedCan graffiti jam. The fourth annual event will take place on June 27-July 1, 2018, with painting scheduled at various sites in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and around the city of Eagle Butte.

The nine-minute mini-documentary is an excellent way to become acquainted with CRYP, RedCan, this year’s featured artists and the Cheyenne River community. It also provides an opportunity to meet some of Cheyenne River’s young people, for whom CRYP created dedicated arts programming in 2014 — and the RedCan event a year later.

“We knew, going in, that graffiti and street art would resonate with our youth here,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We didn’t realize how intensely art would strengthen the connection our kids have with their Lakota culture, nor did we fully anticipate the healing effect of giving these young people new tools for exploring their identities, finding their own voices, building self-confidence, and sharing their stories.

“We’ve seen first-hand that art does save lives,” she added. “It’s incredibly powerful.”

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    This Friday, Sept. 1: CRYP’s Invitational Lakota Graffiti Jam!

This Friday, Sept. 1: CRYP’s Invitational Lakota Graffiti Jam!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it will be hosting a one-day, invitational Lakota Graffiti Jam in conjunction with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s annual Fair, Rodeo and Powwow weekend. The invitational graffiti jam is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 1 in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park.

Painting in the park will be local Lakota artists Rehst and Leland Benoist, as well as 15 teens who are participating in the nonprofit youth project’s art internship program. The First People’s Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts bus will be on site for youth art activities, DJ Micah will be spinning tunes for artists and guests alike, and Dakota South Records will take the stage for a free public concert at 4 p.m.

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CRYP Takes 7 Teens to Washington D.C. This Summer

Thanks to its participation in “The Hero Effect” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and with the support of the United Way, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® was able to take seven teenagers on a life-changing, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. this summer. Bryanna Ducheneaux-Clown, Tyra Lends His Horse, Hailee Eagleman, Blake Big Eagle, Wyatt Hill, Wagacan Ducheneaux and Ryanne Nezzie spent four days in the nation’s capital on July 27-31.

The teens were selected through an intensive process that included an application, biography, video or audio essay, and recommendations. CRYP Youth Programs Director Tammy Granados and Youth Programs Assistants Anthony Potter and McKinzie Circle Eagle accompanied the young people on the trip.

The trip incorporated tours at the United States Capitol and the White House, as well as visits to the Washington, FDR, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, World War II, Vietnam and Marine Corps memorials. The teens also spent time in the Spy Museum, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park (more commonly known as the National Zoo), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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August Hall of Fame: Dexter Hawk Eagle

Welcome back to our “Main Edition” of the CRYP Hall of Fame! This month, we’d like to introduce you to Dexter Hawk Eagle, who started attending youth programming at The Main this summer. Dexter is 7 years old, and he’s a second-grader at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Elementary School.

“I’ve been coming to The Main for about two months or something like that,” Dexter says. “My friend told me about it, and my older sister works there.”

Dexter’s favorite programs this summer included Garden Club, and The Main’s arts and crafts activities.

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CRYP to Host Midnight Basketball Lock-In This Weekend!

The summer 2017 season of Midnight Basketball at the Cheyenne River Youth Project is coming to an end, and CRYP staff are preparing to commemorate the occasion with the nonprofit youth organization’s annual Midnight Basketball Lock-In. Open free to young people ages 13-18, the event will include Midnight Basketball, DJ in the Art Park, basketball and volleyball tournaments, back-to-back horror movies, and two hearty meals.

The revelry kicks off at 9 p.m. with Midnight Basketball in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s gymnasium. At the same time, teens can enjoy an outdoor DJ performance in the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., made possible by a “Native Performance Art Series” grant from NEA Artworks.

When Midnight Basketball concludes at 1 a.m., the fun doesn’t stop. Sports enthusiasts can participate in a one-hour volley ball tournament at 1 a.m. and a two-hour basketball tournament at 2 a.m. The gym will then be open for free play from 4 to 6 a.m.

Meanwhile, movie buffs can head for the Keya (Turtle) Cafe at 1 a.m. for the back-to-back screening of three horror films: “Autopsy of Jane Doe,” “Train to Busan” and “Ouija.”

CRYP staff will serve taco salad in the cafe at 2-3 a.m., with breakfast to come at 4-6 a.m. Both meals will feature fresh, nutritious ingredients from CRYP’s 2-acre, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden. After breakfast, Cokata Wiconi’s doors will open, and the lock-in will come to an end.

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Keya Cafe to Close for Season on Aug. 18

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that its Keya (Turtle) Cafe will close for the season this Friday, Aug. 18. As a signature component of the nonprofit youth organization’s social enterprise initiatives, the cafe will continue to offer catering services and serve as a hands-on classroom for teen interns through the winter months; it will reopen to the public in April 2018.

“We’re inviting our community members and any guests who might be passing through Cheyenne River to visit the Keya Cafe this week,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Not only do we want to connect with as many friends and neighbors as possible, those who enjoy meals, coffee drinks and homemade baked goods with us also are directly supporting our youth programming and our ongoing mission in this community.”

CRYP’s homemade jams, jellies and other items will still be available through its Keya Gift Shop year round. And, fresh produce will continue to be available at the Leading Lady Farmers Market through the remainder of the growing season (call 605-964-8200 for the latest schedule).

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    Applications Available 8/11-9/8 for New Youth Leadership Program!

Applications Available 8/11-9/8 for New Youth Leadership Program!

From this Friday, Aug. 11 until Friday, Sept. 8, applications will be available for the new “Growing into Wowachinyepi” program for youth leaders on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Lakota reservation. The Cheyenne River Youth Project® recently joined forces with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute to create this exciting one-year pilot project, which is modeled on CNAY’s national “Champions for Change” program.

This community-specific initiative is designed to respectfully honor young leaders in a culturally relevant youth recognition program, which is designed specifically for Lakota youth and the Lakota Nation’s traditional value system.

“Our community has its own unique outlook on what it means to be a leader, and what it means to achieve,” said Tammy Granados, CRYP’s youth programs director. “The Lakota word wowachinyepi means ‘one who the people can depend on’ — the ‘Growing into Wowachinyepi’ program seeks to promote that distinctly Lakota view of leadership while honoring and recognizing young people who exemplify our community values.”

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2017 School Supplies Drive Serves Hundreds

On Wednesday, August 2, CRYP hosted its annual School Supplies Drive distribution in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s gymnasium. Now, just days later, the grassroots, nonprofit youth organization has already provided nearly 300 children — from Headstart through high school — with the school supplies they need to start the new school year.

What’s more, additional children are arriving daily to search for their supplies, which means this year’s CRYP School Supplies Drive likely will serve another 150 to 200 children.

“Members of our Family Services program live in 20-plus communities across the Cheyenne River reservation, which is the size of Connecticut,” explained Tammy Granados, CRYP’s youth programs director. “Due to work schedules, the distances involved, and sometimes lack of transportation, some families cannot attend our actual distribution day. So we make sure that all the supplies are available right up until the first day of school for those community members, as well as for families who may have recently moved to the area.”

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