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Diabetes Prevention

November Partner of the Month: Diabetes Action

For the past 25 years, Diabetes Action Research and Education has made it a priority to help reduce the extremely high incidence of diabetes in native communities, especially in South Dakota. In 1993, Diabetes Action helped fund construction of the first Indian-owned and managed kidney dialysis centers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; then, in 1998, it turned its attention northward, to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

That year, Diabetes Action provided much-needed funding for the original Billy Mills Youth Center (affectionately called The Main) at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® campus, and a long-term, steadfast partnership was born.

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CRYP to Open Leading Lady Farmers Market

garden CRYP youth gather produce for the Farmers' Market

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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