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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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    Keya Cafe to Temporarily Close Jan. 27, Reopen Seasonally in May with Exciting Updates

Keya Cafe to Temporarily Close Jan. 27, Reopen Seasonally in May with Exciting Updates

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it will temporarily close its Keya (Turtle) Cafe at the end of this month, with the last day of regular service scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27. The nonprofit youth organization will devote the next few months to upgrading the cafe; it will host a grand reopening celebration in May, just in time for the busy summer season on the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation.

According to Molly Vetter, CRYP’s social enterprises manager, upgrades will include new equipment, an innovative menu, and a robust e-commerce option for those who wish to make online purchases from the Keya Cafe and Keya Gift Shop.

“We’re going to be adding two new freezers, as well as new equipment for food preservation and our coffeehouse operations,” Vetter explained. “We’re looking forward to presenting an entirely new menu with even more farm-to-table produce, and we’ll be offering traditional Lakota dishes on a regular basis.”

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July Hall of Fame: Khalid Garreau

When CRYP opened the doors to its Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center in August 2006, its mission went beyond simply providing a safe place for teens to socialize, enjoy meals and snacks, do homework, watch movies and play sports. The center also was designed to provide a venue for learning valuable job and life skills.

That vision became a reality with the CRYP internship programs. Today, nine years after Cokata Wiconi’s dedication, the youth project offers art internships as well as internships in the 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) garden, in the Keya (“Turtle”) Gift Shop and in the farm-to-table Keya Cafe & Coffeeshop. And it turns out, the kids are as excited about their opportunities as we are.

Meet Khalid Garreau, a Rapid City, South Dakota-based teen who has family on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The son of Sonny Wayne Garreau and Heather Taken Alive, Khalid was a frequent visitor to CRYP’s The Main youth center as a small child; he says the fun activities and interesting people always kept him coming back. Then he found out about the internship programs at Cokata Wiconi.

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Now Available: $15,000 in Scholarships for Building Rentals

In rural north-central South Dakota, groups have few choices when it comes to finding the right venue for meetings, special events, workshops, seminars, and sports camps. That’s why the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has chosen to make its Eagle Butte campus facilities available for rent.

What’s more, scholarships are available to cover the cost of building rentals, which are made possible by Alexandria, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth. These scholarships allow the grassroots youth project to accommodate groups that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to conduct their classes, camps, and special events.

CRYP currently has $15,000 available to offset rental fees. It has five months to distribute these funds, and only $5,000 has been awarded to date.

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    CYRP Hosts 130 Guests, Honors Eight Interns at Community Harvest Festival Dinner

CYRP Hosts 130 Guests, Honors Eight Interns at Community Harvest Festival Dinner

On Wednesday, September 24, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® hosted 130 guests at its 2nd annual Community Harvest Festival Dinner. Held in the Cokata Wiconi teen center, this community-wide celebration of the 2-acre Winyan Toka Win garden and 2014 growing season included a bountiful, free community meal and a special ceremony to honor eight former teen interns.

On the menu for this year’s event: Squish Squash Lasagna; roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots; a local roast with carrots, onions and potatoes; beans; garden salad; cauliflower cheese soup; Harvest Delight; jalapeño cornbread; apple crisp, and pumpkin pie. According to Ryan Devlin, CRYP’s sustainable agriculture manager, staff incorporated more than 200 pounds of fresh produce from the naturally grown, non-GMO, pesticide-free garden into the meal.“We used our own cauliflower, carrots, onions, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, squash and pumpkins,” he reported. “It was a lot.”

During the evening’s festivities, staff and volunteers at the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project held various sporting events for children and gave away four raffle prizes that included two pumpkins and two gift baskets. Local elder Carmelita Eagle Chasing provided the prayer for this special community evening.

A particular highlight was the honoring ceremony for CRYP’s teen interns. During the summer months, 17 interns worked in the Winyan Toka Win garden, and 16 interns were devoted to the youth project’s social enterprises; eight of the former interns were on hand Wednesday evening to accept certificates of completion, along with certificates recognizing their participation in various workshops.

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    Sustainable Agriculture Programs Fuel the Keya Cafe, Keya Gift Shop, and Teen Internships

Sustainable Agriculture Programs Fuel the Keya Cafe, Keya Gift Shop, and Teen Internships

For nearly 15 years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has tended a 2-acre, naturally grown garden at its campus in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. What started as a labor of love for Executive Director Julie Garreau has turned into so much more; today, the Winyan Toka Win garden (“Leading Lady” in Lakota) lies at the beating heart of the 25-year-old youth organization’s robust sustainable agriculture initiatives.

Not only is fresh produce from the non-GMO, pesticide-free garden incorporated into youth meals and snacks, youth programming, and community events such as canning classes and the weekly Leading Lady Farmers Market, it furnishes nutritious, homegrown foods for CRYP’s Keya Café and Keya Gift Shop. And, it provides the foundation for a new internship program that welcomed 33 teens to the youth project staff during the summer months.

Garreau said CRYP’s sustainable agriculture initiatives are designed to serve as classrooms for young people. They’re also intended to make the Cokata Wiconi teen center a true community gathering place for the Cheyenne River community, as it always was meant to be.

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    “Veggie of the Week” Shines Light on Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives; Eggplant Will Be the Highlight at September 5 Farmers Market

“Veggie of the Week” Shines Light on Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives; Eggplant Will Be the Highlight at September 5 Farmers Market

In the four weeks since the Cheyenne River Youth Project® kicked off its new “Veggie of the Week” initiative, the program is proving to be a great success — and it’s shining a powerful light on the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization’s sustainable agriculture initiatives, including the Leading Lady Farmers Market, the Keya Gift Shop, the Keya Cafe and Coffee Shop, and the 2-acre, non-GMO, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win garden.

Each week since August 4, CRYP has chosen an in-season vegetable as its Veggie of the Week. That vegetable is incorporated into meals, snacks, and educational activities at the Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center; it’s incorporated into menu items at the Keya Cafe; it’s processed for use in goods to be sold through the Keya Gift Shop; and it’s highlighted at the weekly farmers market. There, each Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., community members and visitors can pick up plenty of the fresh featured produce at bargain prices and take home a special recipe of the week.

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    Join CRYP this Labor Day Weekend! The Fun Starts This Friday.

Join CRYP this Labor Day Weekend! The Fun Starts This Friday.

Labor Day weekend is just days away, and the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is reminding South Dakota residents and vacationers that this is a great time to visit Eagle Butte. Not only will the city be hosting the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo and Powwow, CRYP will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of special activities at its East Lincoln Street campus.

Here are our scheduled activities on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday!

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25th Anniversary Festivities on Deck for Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is less than two weeks away, and that means it’s time to start thinking about “The Fair” on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in remote north-central South Dakota. Each year, Cheyenne River residents and visitors congregate in Eagle Butte for the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo & Powwow — this year’s festivities are scheduled for Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1

In conjunction with its ongoing 25th anniversary celebrations, Cheyenne River Youth Project® is playing a major role on the weekend calendar, with a signature edition of Midnight Basketball; a community give-away; a special CRYP float in the Labor Day Parade; and full breakfast, lunch and dinner service at the Keya Cafe.

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CRYP to Host $5 Bags for Bucks and Rummage Sale Friday, June 20th

Doing its part to promote recycling while funding youth programs, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will be having a $5 Bags for Bucks and Rummage Sale during its weekly Farmers’ Market this Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center. The Farmers’ Market and the sale are both open to the public.

For a $5 fee, customers can fill a grocery bag with clothes, blankets, household goods, and other miscellaneous items. Some of the items, however, such as dishes, furniture and small appliances, will be individually priced for sale. All merchandise has been gently used, but there are no limits to the number of bags that can be purchased at the sale.

Additionally, breakfast will be available until noon at the Keya Cafe on Friday for shoppers who would like sample the menu items, which includes pancakes, breakfast burritos and omelettes, as well as an array of specialty coffee drinks and smoothies.

“We have a lot of items that we may not be able to use for a given project, so we like to do our part in recycling them where they can be of use to our community members,” says Julie Garreau, executive director of CRYP. “Therefore, it’s a win-win for both the community and our youth by helping to provide the funding we need to put back into our youth programming.”

So come join us on Friday to “buy local” and support the many hundreds of children and families who rely on our programs and services each year. For more information on the $5 Bags for Bucks and Rummage Sale, please contact Pamela Stolz at vista.cryp@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook, 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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