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    It’s #GivingTuesday: Support Our Christmas Toy Drive Today!

It’s #GivingTuesday: Support Our Christmas Toy Drive Today!

Today is December 1, and that means just five days until Chanukah, 24 days until the Christmas holiday, and 30 days until the end of the year. This particular Tuesday also is #GivingTuesday.

Today, individuals, students, families, businesses, community organizations and charities around the world will come together for one common purpose: to to give back. It’s a global celebration – and a new tradition of kindness, generosity and good will toward others.

Today, consider supporting the Cheyenne River Youth Project®, which has just three weeks left to fulfill the Christmas wishes of 1,500 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation. More than 1,000 letters in the 2015 Christmas Toy Drive have already been adopted by generous supporters, yet more than 400 “Dear Santa” letters still need sponsors.

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    Nearly 200 Riders Complete 2015 RASDak Ride, Raise Almost $18K for CRYP

Nearly 200 Riders Complete 2015 RASDak Ride, Raise Almost $18K for CRYP

This month, nearly 200 people from 29 U.S. states and Canada rode their bicycles 480 miles across South Dakota, from the Black Hills to the state’s eastern glacial lakes. The 198 riders, ranging from 8 to 78 years old, were taking part in the weeklong Ride Across South Dakota, an annual event that supports charitable organizations across South Dakota— including the 26-year-old, not-for-profit, grassroots Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte.

In the 2015 RASDak, not only did riders spend the night at CRYP, they raised nearly $18,000 to support the venerable youth organization’s ongoing mission on the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

“RASDak raised roughly $12,900 for CRYP, which incorporated $10,000 directly from RASDak and the remainder from individual donations,” said Kasey Abbott, one of the ride’s lead organizers. “If you include the $5,000 that was anonymously donated, then we’re nearing the $18,000 mark. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some additional donations come in.”

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    RedCan Graffiti Jam Will Feature Artists from Across U.S., Plus Skateboard Exhibition

RedCan Graffiti Jam Will Feature Artists from Across U.S., Plus Skateboard Exhibition

It’s almost here. Indian country’s first-ever graffiti jam is just three weeks away, and it’s built incredible momentum. The Cheyenne River Youth Project® staff reports that acclaimed artists, valued supporters and friends will converge on Eagle Butte, South Dakota, from around the world.

The revolutionary arts event, titled RedCan, is scheduled for July 8-9 in Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, where activities will take place in CRYP’s 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park and at select sites around the community. From there, artists will head west for a second RedCan event in Rapid City’s Art Alley.

Headline artists include East Foster from Denver (pictured here), Kazilla from Miami, Meme from southern California, Tyler “Siamese” Read from Rapid City, and Peyton Scott Russell, Biafra Inc. and Wundr from Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Also on hand will be a variety of native and non-native artists, hip-hop groups, native drum groups and native dancers.

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CRYP Will Host Annual RASDak Bicycle Riders on June 9-10

In less than a week, nearly 200 riders and a volunteer support crew from 29 states and Canada will depart the Black Hills on a seven-day tour that will end in eastern South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes. The riders and crew are part of the annual Ride Across South Dakota, a not-for-profit event that supports charitable organizations across the state — including the 26-year-old, grassroots Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte.

Founded in 2013, RASDak travels a different route each year. This year, the seven-day tour will take riders along 480 miles of South Dakota Highways. They’ll start in Spearfish on Sunday, June 7 and end near Milbank on Saturday, June 13. Riders will see firsthand Spearfish Canyon, rolling rural grasslands, long vistas from the breaks of the Missouri River, and the meandering farmland and glacial lakes of northeastern South Dakota.

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    Well-Known Graffiti Artists Meme and Kazilla Join Lineup for RedCan

Well-Known Graffiti Artists Meme and Kazilla Join Lineup for RedCan

In three months, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will welcome nationally acclaimed graffiti artists from around the country to its East Lincoln Street campus for RedCan, Indian Country’s first-ever graffiti jam. RedCan is scheduled for July 8-9 at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park and July 11 at Rapid City’s Art Alley.

As word about this innovative cultural event is spreading, additional headliners have signed on to participate. The latest featured artists to join the RedCan lineup are Meme and Kazilla, female artists who have garnered significant attention in the worlds of graffiti and street art.

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300 “Dear Santa” Letters Remain to be Adopted!

Christmas is a little more than two weeks away, which means CRYP staff and volunteers are in the home stretch for the 2014 Christmas Toy Drive. It’s not too late to help: The 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization is reporting that approximately 300 “Dear Santa” letters remain to be adopted so it can meet its goal of making Christmas wishes come true for 1,500 children across South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

“Those who are interested in being part of this year’s Christmas Toy Drive simply need to contact us to get their ‘Dear Santa’ letters,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Or, if they would prefer to contribute funds, they can donate via our website or Crowdrise campaign. Then we’ll do the shopping on our end.”

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400+ Christmas Toy Drive Letters Still Need Good Homes!

It’s the last week of November, and that means the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® have just four weeks to fulfill the Christmas wishes of 1,500 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. More than 1,000 letters have already been adopted by generous supporters, yet more remains to be done.

“We still have more than 400 ‘Dear Santa’ letters that need to be adopted,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “That means we still need to take care of 400 children who wrote heartfelt letters in the hope that this Christmas would be filled with hope, joy, and a little magic.

“Supporters who wish to join our Christmas Toy Drive efforts can contact us directly to get their Santa letters,” she continued. “Or, if they would prefer to contribute funds, they can donate via our website or Crowdrise campaign (see sidebar), and we’re more than happy to do the shopping on our end to make sure Santa comes to these deserving kids.”

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    It’s Not Too Late: Enter to Win a Lakota Star Quilt, and Support the New CRYP Art Park

It’s Not Too Late: Enter to Win a Lakota Star Quilt, and Support the New CRYP Art Park

It’s not to late to win an authentic, handmade Lakota star quilt through the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. Raffle tickets will remain on sale until Wednesday, December 24, and the 26-year-old, not-for-profit organization will hold the drawing for its two winners on Friday, December 26.

Instead of raffling off a single quilt, as it has in previous years, CRYP is offering two quilts in the 2014 raffle. Ticket-holders have a chance to win a distinctive, queen-size Lakota star quilt that mimics a dramatic graffiti mural by acclaimed Minneapolis-based artist Peyton Scott Russell. Peyton, as the artist is known professionally, created the original piece of street art this year.

Bonnie LeBeau, a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member, hand-crafted the graffiti-inspired quilt for the raffle. Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, executive director of Bozeman, Montana-based Hopa Mountain, donated the second quilt.

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    Enter CRYP Raffle for a Chance to Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt!

Enter CRYP Raffle for a Chance to Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is launching its annual star quilt raffle this week, with two interesting twists. First, instead of raffling off a single quilt, the 25-year-old not-for-profit youth organization will have two on hand. And, next, proceeds will support CRYP’s brand-new Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park, which was just dedicated in September.

In this year’s Waniyetu Wowapi Star Quilt Raffle, ticket-holders will have a chance to win a distinctive, queen-size Lakota star quilt that will mimic a dramatic graffiti mural by acclaimed Minneapolis-based artist Peyton Scott Russell (see photo). Peyton, as the artist is known professionally, created the original piece of street art this year.

“Since the funds raised will support our new art park, we thought it would be a great idea to have the first quilt be inspired by the form of artistic expression that Waniyetu Wowapi celebrates,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Bonnie LeBeau, a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member, will hand-craft the quilt. Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer donated the second quilt, and we’re deeply grateful to her for her support.”

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    Support CRYP’s 2014 School Supplies Drive, Serving 500+ Children! (Deadline: Aug. 20)

Support CRYP’s 2014 School Supplies Drive, Serving 500+ Children! (Deadline: Aug. 20)

Although summer fun remains in full swing, the beginning of August marks the countdown to the start of a new school year — and that means the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® are hard at work on their annual 2014 School Supplies Drive. As it has throughout its 25-year history, the grassroots, not-for-profit youth organization will distribute much-needed school supplies to community schoolchildren prior to Labor Day weekend.

“For us, the school year is right around the corner,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “These last weeks are critical for us as we gather all the donated supplies, purchase additional items with contributed funds, and then host the actual distribution at our Cokata Wiconi teen center. This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of supporting Cheyenne River children as they head back to school. We encourage all of our friends and supporters around the country, and around the world, to join with us as we seek to serve more kids than ever before.”

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