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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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    20th Anniversary Season of Midnight Basketball Comes to an End

20th Anniversary Season of Midnight Basketball Comes to an End

This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, commemorated a very special milestone. It concluded Midnight Basketball’s 20th anniversary summer season at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.

According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director, Midnight Basketball attracted between 50 and 100 teens each weekend. They came from communities across the Cheyenne River reservation to play ball, participate in a variety of games—including Around the World, Knockout and 3-Point Contest—and to compete in 5-on-5 tournaments.

For many of these teens, the Midnight Basketball program is about more than simply finding a positive, safe space to connect with friends on a Friday night.

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CRYP Remains Committed to Youth Wellness in 2016

The classical Greek philosopher Plato once wrote, “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” The staff at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® understands this concept better than most; to make a real, lasting difference on South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, the 27-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization is dedicated to fostering holistic wellness among youth.

That means CRYP does more than provide a safe, positive place to play, study and socialize with friends. It also prepares nutritious snacks and meals using foods grown organically in CRYP’s 2-acre Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden. It encourages healthy self-expression through teen arts internships and the free, public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park. It teaches job and life skills through a variety of additional internships, workshops and classes. And, it devotes a large percentage of its time and energy to physical fitness.

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October Hall of Fame: Xzanndria Norris

Xzanndria Norris, 14, has been participating in programs and activities at CRYP since she was a little girl. She says she loves how CRYP provides two centers that are geared toward young people, The Main youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds and the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center, and she definitely has some favorite programs.

“The new art internship program and Midnight Basketball are two of my favorite programs,” Xzanndria says. “Both have allowed me to gain experience and become better.”

The teen also acknowledges the important role CRYP staff members have played through the years.

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CRYP Announces September Youth & Teen Programming

School is back in session, and the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has resumed its regular after-school and weekend hours at the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center and The Main youth center. It also has announced its eagerly anticipated teen and youth programming for the month of September.

In addition to its Sept. 21-25 “Family Week” programming, CRYP also is kicking off its Fall Movie Nights, Midnight Basketball, Junior Midnight Basketball and Main University (diplomas pictured here) this month.

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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 Rummage & Lunch Sale, Farmers Market, Midnight Basketball During Fair Weekend

CRYP to Host Rummage & Lunch Sale, Farmers Market, Midnight Basketball During Fair Weekend

It’s late August, and that means more than back-to-school time on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River reservation. It’s time for the fair!

Each year on Labor Day weekend, Cheyenne River residents and visitors congregate in Eagle Butte for the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo & Powwow. This year’s massive, community-wide celebration is scheduled for Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1, and the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is adding to the fun.

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    CRYP Will Host “End of Summer Bash” on Aug. 16, Family Day on Aug. 21

CRYP Will Host “End of Summer Bash” on Aug. 16, Family Day on Aug. 21

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is getting ready to close out the summer with a bang. Not only will the organization be hosting an exciting “End of Summer Bash” for its teen participants at the Cokata Wiconi teen center, it also will open its doors for the final Midnight Basketball event of the 2013 summer season and host a special Family Day for youth participants and their relatives.

The “End of Summer Bash” kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 16 with games, competitions and dinner. Registration for the season-end MBB tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. that evening, and the festivities will end at 1 a.m. with a special breakfast.

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    CRYP Will Host Special Youth Activities in Conjunction with July “Hometown Days”

CRYP Will Host Special Youth Activities in Conjunction with July “Hometown Days”

In conjunction with this year’s Eagle Butte Hometown Days celebration, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host an array of special events that include a teen basketball tournament, a carnival in the park, a bicycle obstacle course and an Ultimate Farmers Market. The events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 19-20.

Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CRYP hosts its all-new, community-based Leading Lady Farmers Market at its East Lincoln Street campus. For this special weekend, that will be expanded into an Ultimate Farmers Market due to the youth project’s participation in the City Wide Rummage Sale. Vendors are invited to take advantage of Leading Lady market space on that day.

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