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CRYP to Host Free Hoop Dancing Workshop With Dallas Chief Eagle on Friday

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In collaboration with the South Dakota Arts Council, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will be hosting a Hoop Dancing Workshop taught by renowned hoop dancer Dallas Chief Eagle Jr. The class will be held this Friday, June 27th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium. The free classes will be broken into two age groups: Ages 6-12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ages 6-18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The classes will be followed by a performance by the students at 6:30 p.m. The performances are open to the public and a light supper will be served.

Chief Eagle, who is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Lakota Nation, is a recognized master and mentor of the Lakota Hoop Dance and as the director of the Hoop Dance Society on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, according to the South Dakota Arts Council.

Using over 300 hoops, students will learn self-balance, rhythm and movement, Chief Eagle – who is also a storyteller – teaches traditional Lakota values and character development, as well as the importance of male and female roles in the world. Those interested can sign up online here:

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“We are thrilled to offer traditional hoop dancing to our kids,” says Julie Garreau, executive director. “Part of our mission is provide culturally relevant and traditional activities and events to the youth of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. And we appreciate Dallas Chief Eagle for his commitment to sharing his talent and knowledge with our community.”

In addition to hoop dancing, Dallas Chief Eagle Jr., earned his Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1983 from the University of South Dakota and also received his M.A. from USD in Counseling, Guidance and Personnel Services. He holds membership in the American Association of Counseling and Development, the National Art Therapy Association, the South Dakota Indian Counselors Association; and the Medicine Wheel Association, Big Horn Mountains.

For more information on the Hoop Dancing Workshop please contact Tammy Eagle Hunter at tammy.cryp@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/lakotayouth; www.twitter.com/lakotayouth or at www.lakotayouth.org.

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in South Dakota.

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CRYP to Open Leading Lady Farmers Market

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The Cheyenne River Youth Project is proud to announce the opening day of the Leading Lady Farmers Market on Friday, June 13th for the 2014 season. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the CRYP parking lot. The market will continue every Friday until the growing season concludes later this Summer. Additionally, CRYP also accepts EBT cards in order to provide healthy produce and fresh goods to community members of all economic backgrounds.

The market will offer fresh, naturally grown, non-GMO produce from CRYP’s own two-acre garden, and will also feature dried and canned goods, according to Ryan Devlin, CRYP’s Sustainable Agriculture Manager. Crafts and other merchandise from the gift shop will be available, as well as hand-made arts and crafts from the CRYP staff, including original paintings – the proceeds of which will benefit the organization’s Jr. Volunteer Program.

The market is also open to any local entrepreneurs who would like to sell their own homemade crafts, baked goods or home grown produce. Those interested in becoming vendors should visit the CRYP front desk to fill out an application. The vendor fee for the opening market will be waived, and all vendors will have a tent and table available free of charge for the entirety of the first market. CRYP encourages vendors of all ages to participate.

“Our purpose for the Winyan Toka Win Garden and the Farmers’ Market is to facilitate economic development for both CRYP and our tribal members to become self-sustaining through food sovereignty and entrepreneurship,” says Julie Garreau, CRYP’s founder and executive director. “We believe in the power of community development and the empowerment to create your own success story – whether you’re growing vegetables or creating arts and crafts to earn a living or supplement your income.”

The Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) Farmer’s Market started in 2010 as a venue for CRYP to sell its fresh produce and canned goods to the community from its organic garden. Since that time, the market has grown to include 10 local vendors thanks to a Northwest Area Foundation Grant that funded the purchase of market tents and tables to assist in small business development.

“The market strives to be a venue that promotes healthy food system building on Cheyenne River,” says Devlin, who earned his bachelors in Agricultural Science from Cornell University in New York. “Our ultimate goal is to become a local engine of successful community-based small scale entrepreneurship.”

For more information on the Farmers’ Market, please contact Ryan Devlin at sustainableag.cryp@gmail.com or at 605-964-8200. For more information on the Cheyenne River Youth Project or to donate please go to www.lakotayouth.org. Or follow us at www.facebook.com/lakotayouth or www.twitter.com/lakotayouth for news and updates.

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in  South Dakota. To learn more about CRYP, visit www.lakotayouth.org.

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CRYP to Kick-Off Midnight Basketball Tourney and Summer Wellness Programs

As a part of its mission to promote Native kids’ health and fitness, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is launching its annual Midnight Basketball and Summer Wellness Programs beginning Friday, May 30, 2014. In its 18th year, the drug- and alcohol-free events will be open to teens ages 13-18 through the summer in an environment that offers fitness, fun and friendship for Cheyenne River youth to help combat childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes that is rampant in many Native communities.

Midnight Basketball begins Friday, May 30th with open-run basketball tournaments, refreshments, prizes, and peer interaction in a positive environment. It runs from 9:00 pm until 1:00 am. Teens are required to sign in and sign out, not able to return once they leave. They are given a 15-minute grace period to return home after they leave our facilities.

Additionally, the Summer Wellness Program will also begin the first week of June with a Summer Sports Clinic. Basketball camp begins the first week of June, offering two sessions to two different groups, ages 8-12 and 13-18. A T-ball/Softball Camp starts the following week; a Rubberball Ruckus Camp the third week; and a Bicycling Club kicking off the last week of June. Regular Fitness Challenges and Fitness Room Activities will continue throughout June. Along with the Gym being open on a daily basis throughout the week.

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Tammy Eagle Hunter, youth programs coordinator for CRYP, says the event provides a safe and healthy environment for kids in the Cheyenne River community to spend their Friday evenings during the summer.

“Midnight Basketball was created in 1996 as the brainchild of a former volunteer who recognized the tribal curfew of 10:00 p.m.,” says Eagle Hunter. “It was created as a safe alternative to keep teenagers indoors and respectful of the 10:00 curfew and has since become a staple of local teenage culture.”

Officials say that Midnight Basketball draws nearly 250 teens every Friday night and that juvenile crime rates decrease in the community. Sponsors of the events include the Notah Begay Foundation (NB3), N7, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe TECA program and DARE, who partner with CRYP to make activities like these possible.  CRYP also welcomes any parents and community members to come volunteer as referee’s and to help supervise youth.

“Midnight basketball is fun,” says CRYP youth Trey Bad Warrior. “It gives kids a chance to play a sport they really love for a good 4-5 hours!”

“Its really the only thing to do in town,” agrees Wyatt Jewett. “I like it because the teen center is open longer, lots of people come and since ball is life, it’s just fun to play till after midnight.”

Participants will also enjoy a Midnight Breakfast provided by the CRYP before they return home that evening. Midnight Basketball will be held every Friday throughout the summer months.

For more info, parents, guardians and teens can contact Tammy Eagle Hunter at 605-964-8200 to answer any questions they may have or they are welcome to stop in and visit with a staff member about the event. Additionally, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/lakotayouth and www.twitter.com/lakotayouth for updates and details.

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in  South Dakota. To learn more about CRYP, visit www.lakotayouth.org.

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Ride for Reading Event Donates Hundreds of Books to CRYP Youth

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The Cheyenne River Youth Project received hundreds of donated books from the Ride For Reading event held on, Saturday, May 10th. About half a dozen bicyclists rode nearly 10 miles from Sturgis to Bear Butte, South Dakota carrying books in their backpacks and bike baskets to donate to CRYP’s library, which has become a center for book clubs and reading among community youth.

Ride for Reading is a Nashville, Tennessee-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting books and healthy lifestyles to low income children. The event was organized in collaboration with Lily Mendoza y Ducheneaux, who is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and owner of the Rapid City bookstore, Word Carrier Trading Post.  Ms. Mendoza y Ducheneaux is also a member of CRYP’s advisory board.

In total, CRYP received nearly 600 books on nearly every subject for its libraries, which are still in the process of building their inventories to include books and materials for children and teens. Promoting reading and the love of books is one of CRYP’s key goals as a youth-centered organization.

“The books will be much appreciated by the children of Cheyenne River and will be put to good use here at CRYP,” says Tammy Eagle Hunter, youth programs coordinator for CRYP. “These books will help us strengthen activities such as Book Club and reading time at ‘The Main.’ We are thankful to all of the local cyclists who carried books from Sturgis to Bear Butte. All those in attendance that day remarked on how much they enjoyed the event – especially the children.”

CRYP staffers Pamela Stolz and Ryan Devlin accompanied kids from CRYP to the event in Bear Butte, where they enjoyed hiking and lunch along with the cyclists who rode in for the event.

“The kids loved the hike so much we had to do it twice!” says Stolz, who is the organization’s VISTA volunteer. “And the kids poured over the books as the cyclists handed them off. Six-year-old Xayden especially enjoyed the 3D book about sharks, while his older brother, Xavien, grabbed one of the Captain Underpants books to read on the ride home. At the end of the day, as we hiked down Bear Butte, Caseylynn stopped in her tracks looked up at me and said, ‘this is the best day ever!’”

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in South Dakota.

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