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    CRYP Receives $25K Grant from First Nations Development Institute

CRYP Receives $25K Grant from First Nations Development Institute

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has received a $25,000 Native Agriculture & Food Systems Grant from the Longmont, Colorado-based First Nations Development Institute. These funds will allow the nearly 27-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization to continue developing its Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) micro farm operation.

CRYP is one of nine tribes and Native American organizations to receive grants through the First Nations Development Institute’s Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative for the 2015-16 funding cycle. NAFSI is designed to help tribes and native communities build sustainable food systems such as community gardens and kitchens, traditional farms and ranches, and other agriculture- and food-related projects that will help eliminate food insecurity and enhance economic development in rural and reservation-based communities.

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Keya Cafe Will Begin Serving Lunch in May

For the last two months, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has welcomed the public to its Keya Cafe in the Cokata Wiconi teen center for hot breakfast, homemade baked goods and specialty coffees. Now, the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization is preparing to take the cafe, whose name means “turtle” in the Lakota language, to the next level: Next month, it will begin serving lunch, as well.

According to Jerri LaPlante, Keya Cafe manager, lunch service will begin during the second week of May. “We’re planning to start with soups, sandwiches and salads, plus daily lunch specials such as roast beef and lasagna,” she said. “Once the school year ends, and we have interns on board, we’ll expand the lunch menu for the summer months.”

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    CRYP and Mni to Host “Clean Water Campaign Dinner” on April 3

CRYP and Mni to Host “Clean Water Campaign Dinner” on April 3

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will welcome Candace and Karen Ducheneaux of the Mni organization to its Cokata Wiconi teen center on East Lincoln Street for a “Clean Water Campaign Dinner” in the Keya Cafe. The dinner is open free to the public.

Mni is a grassroots, not-for-profit, indigenous-led collaboration to restore the water cycle using eco-friendly rainwater harvesting techniques. During the campaign dinner, the guest speakers will discuss important water-related issues such as fluoride poisoning and the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Free Community Gardening Classes are a Success!

On Tuesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 24, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® and the Intertribal Agriculture Council joined forces to offer two free classes for the Cheyenne River community: Modern Gardening Basics, and Advanced Gardening / Farming. Steven Bond, an ethnobotanist and technical assistance specialist for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, was on hand to teach both classes.

Bond taught Gardening Basics to six community members on October 22. Topics included permanent garden bed design, cold-season cultivation, local agricultural extension resources, poultry keeping, local microclimate conditions, and much more. On Thursday, he gave his Advanced Gardening lecture to four community members, covering such subject matter as tillage implements for the backyard gardener, backyard hoop house design and creation, heirloom vegetable varieties, advanced bed design, permaculture in the home garden and soil block production.

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    CRYP Welcomed 166 People to First-Ever “Harvest Festival”

CRYP Welcomed 166 People to First-Ever “Harvest Festival”

CRYP welcomed 166 members of the community to the Cokata Wiconi teen center on Wednesday, October 9, for its first-ever Harvest Festival. This special celebration was the first in a series of 12 monthly events to commemorate the grassroots, not-for-profit youth organization’s 25th anniversary.

The evening’s festivities included a formal dedication of the Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium, which now features official scoreboards thanks to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Special Projects grant. The highlight, however, was the Harvest Feast, which boasted fresh produce from CRYP’s 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) garden. The scrumptious menu thrilled guests, staff and volunteers alike.

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    CRYP Will Host Two Free Community Gardening Classes on Oct. 22 & 24

CRYP Will Host Two Free Community Gardening Classes on Oct. 22 & 24

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 24, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will be offering two exciting classes for the Cheyenne River community: Modern Gardening Basics, and Advanced Gardening / Farming. Steven Bond, a technical assistance specialist for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, will be teaching both classes; they are open free to the public.

In Modern Gardening Basics, the class will discuss several topics that have become increasingly popular, explore some of the basic science behind many applicable principles and cover the most fundamental aspects of gardening and producing food for the table. Topics include soils, compost, weed control, irrigation, raised beds, saving seeds, preservation techniques, thwarting pests, garden planning and more.

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CRYP Welcomes Ryan Devlin, Sustainable Agriculture Manager

CRYP is excited to announce that Ryan Devlin joined its full-time staff in late September. Devlin will serve as the organization’s sustainable agriculture manager.

In his new role, Devlin will be responsible for preparation, planting, maintenance and harvesting of the Winyan Toka Win garden; maintaining CRYP grounds, the garden shed and all equipment; directing and managing the Leading Lady Farmers Market; supervising all garden work; promoting native food sovereignty and security; developing and promoting community gardens; collaborating with youth programming staff on garden-related youth and intergenerational initiatives; assisting with community outreach and education; and developing necessary assessment tools for CRYP’s sustainable systems initiatives.

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    CRYP Launches 25th Anniversary Celebration with “Harvest Festival” on October 9

CRYP Launches 25th Anniversary Celebration with “Harvest Festival” on October 9

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® is officially kicking off its 25th anniversary celebration with its first-ever Harvest Festival on Wednesday, October 9. The festival starts at 5 p.m. at the Cokata Wiconi teen center, and it’s open free to the public.

The evening’s festivities will include a “Harvest Feast” community feed, games, door prizes and plenty of fun. The feast, in particular, will be a special celebration to honor the end of the summer growing season.

“Our menu will highlight the fresh produce from our Winyan Toka Win garden, including pumpkins, squash, zucchini and corn,” said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s executive director. “The meal will be a celebration of the 2013 growing season, of a bountiful harvest, and of 25 years of healthy living here at the Cheyenne River Youth Project.”

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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 Launches Canning Classes and “Tech Week” Special Programming

CRYP Launches Canning Classes and “Tech Week” Special Programming

Throughout its 25-year history, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has worked hard to provide new, innovative programming to meet the needs of its youth and their families. This month, the not-for-profit youth organization offered two exciting additions to its lineup of programs and services: canning classes, which are open to the community; and technology workshops that teach critical skills such as digital video and editing.

CRYP held its first-ever canning classes on July 2 and July 9 at The Main youth center. Participants gathered in The Main’s activity room and kitchen to prepare and can chokecherry jelly during the first session, and mild salsa from the “Ball Blue Book” for canning in the second session.

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