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NEW Career Opportunities at CRYP!

As the nonprofit, grassroots Cheyenne River Youth Project approaches the 30-year mark, it continues to grow and evolve as a community development organization. That means it can offer more career opportunities for those who seek employment in nonprofit development and youth programming.

CRYP currently has open positions for a full-time deputy director and a full-time youth programs director at its Eagle Butte campus. Both salaried positions include benefits, with salary dependent on the select candidate’s qualifications. The positions are available immediately.

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September Hall of Fame: Daniel & Emmanuel Semon

When CRYP launched the innovative teen internship program three years ago, we hoped that the different opportunities in sustainable agriculture, social enterprise, wellness and art would allow our young people to explore their interests and passions, develop the job and life skills that would serve them well in the years to come, and envision a vibrant future in which they would thrive.

For teen brothers Daniel and Emmanuel (pictured here) Semon, who grew up in Eagle Butte, art was the initial gateway to all of that.

“I wanted to take part in the art internship after I learned about the jewelry-making classes last October,” Daniel says. “I love to make jewelry. It’s special and comes out looking beautiful.”

Daniel started his art internship at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center in November 2016, and his interests grew.

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    Community Invited to Attend Harvest Festival Celebration & Film Premiere

Community Invited to Attend Harvest Festival Celebration & Film Premiere

The Cheyenne River Youth Project will be hosting its 5th annual Harvest Festival Celebration for the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation community at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The event is open free to the public and will include a couple of very special additions this year.

The evening’s festivities will begin with a dinner buffet at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center, with homemade menu items including buffalo soup, buffalo stew, wojapi, fresh bread, salads, casseroles, carrot cake and zucchini bread. Many of the dishes will incorporate fresh, nutritious produce from the Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden.

Following the evening meal, attendees will be able to attend the premiere of a short documentary film that tells the story of a local teen, her involvement with the youth project and its innovative internship program, and life on Cheyenne River. San Francisco-based Square Inc. produced the film, and its team will be on site for the premiere.

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September is Wakagapi Wi, the Month of Creativity!

September is Wakagapi Wi, or the Month of Creativity, at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte. To commemorate the occasion, the nonprofit youth organization is hosting a variety of art classes for young people ages 13-18 at its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.

The classes include mixed media art, ribbon-skirt making, native fashion and graffiti art. Guest instructors include visiting artists Kazilla, East and Scape Martinez and local artists Bonnie LeBeau and Gina Still Smoking.

“Spots are limited, so we encourage teens to contact Jerica Widow at 964-8200 as soon as possible to secure their places,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “These classes will provide important opportunities to learn about new artistic mediums, share creative ideas, and explore personal style. We also have stipends available.”

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    RESCHEDULED: “Open Mic Night” in the Art Park Will Take Place Friday, Sept. 22

RESCHEDULED: “Open Mic Night” in the Art Park Will Take Place Friday, Sept. 22

CRYP and the Sacred Heart Center in Eagle Butte will be co-hosting a special Open Mic Night for community members of all ages at 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 in CRYP’s free, public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park. The evening’s festivities will include open mic performances starting at 5 p.m., a chili and cornbread dinner at 6 p.m., free coffee and lattes from CRYP’s Keya Cafe, and live music from the Kickin’ Free Band, which will play at 4-5 p.m. and during breaks.

The two nonprofit organizations created the event to commemorate Suicide Prevention Month, seeking to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, drug- and alcohol-free environment where guests can express themselves. Open mic performances will be five minutes each.

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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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