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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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    CRYP Encourages Lifelong Wellness Practices Through Teen Internships

CRYP Encourages Lifelong Wellness Practices Through Teen Internships

For nearly 30 years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has been dedicated to building and nurturing healthy children through its innovative, resourceful youth programs. The launch of CRYP’S teen internship program at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center nearly three years ago took this vision to the next level.

Not only does CRYP offer teen wellness internships, it has designed wellness-oriented activities for all four cohorts, allowing the teen interns in the arts, social enterprise and sustainable agriculture to participate as well.

In the last four weeks, for example, CRYP has hosted Native Wellness training and physical assessments, comprehensive empowerment and team-building exercises, and cooking classes.

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CRYP Launches 2017 Bike Club at The Main

For nearly three decades, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has been dedicated to fostering wellness among the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation’s young people. And to Executive Director Julie Garreau and her staff, that means more than simply providing meals, snacks and safe spaces to learn and play—it means teaching children how to make healthier choices in every aspect of their lives.

To that end, the nonprofit youth organization is kicking off its annual Bike Club for the 4- to 12-year-olds who attend youth programming at The Main, CRYP’s youth center. The club officially starts meeting today, Apr. 24, and will meet every Monday and Thursday throughout the spring, summer and early fall months.

CRYP will provide bikes, helmets and pads for all participants. Its teen wellness interns will serve as the bike club’s instructors, teaching the younger children how to prep their bikes and educating them about bike safety.

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CRYP Schedules Community Activities to Celebrate Earth Day

For the team at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®, a strong connection to the earth means a strong connection to traditional Lakota life ways, a critical component to holistic wellness and healing. That’s why Earth Day is a significant date on the CRYP calendar, and the nonprofit youth project is already gearing up for a weekend of special activities.

On Saturday, April 22, CRYP will host an eight-team, double-elimination basketball tournament for grades 6-8 in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s full-size gymnasium. The tournament is a CRYP fundraiser, so all proceeds from the $10 entry fee will support youth programming and services; each team can have up to 10 players and must wear like-colored shirts or jerseys to participate in the competition, with medals and prizes for first through third place.

The tournament will incorporate half-time spectator challenges and raffle tickets for a 50/50 drawing. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the tournament will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

Also that day, CRYP will lead a series of special Earth Day activities. Starting at 8:30 a.m., CRYP will lead a “March for Science,” which focuses on the effects of global warming. Staff members also will lead a trash pick-up effort in the community, followed by a grill party outside The Main youth center on East Lincoln Street. These events are open free to the public, and guests of all ages will be able to participate in a variety of outdoor fitness and sports challenges.

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CRYP Hosts Cooking Classes for Kids of All Ages

This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has invited children of all ages to participate in cooking classes at the nonprofit organization’s Eagle Butte campus. The younger children from The Main youth center were able to participate last Friday, March 10, while the teens have their night scheduled for this Wednesday, March 15.

Last Friday, the 4- to 12-year-olds who participate in activities at The Main were able to create their own homemade pizzas. The older children helped make the pizza dough while the younger ones participated in a “wellness hour,” then all the children finished the pizzas with their favorite ingredients and enjoyed a daily activity while the pies were in the oven. The older children served the pizza and called tables for everyone to be seated.

This Wednesday, youth programs assistants Wendell Nezzie and Danny Grassrope will host the teen cooking class at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center. The event will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and it’s open free to any area teens who wish to attend.

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    CRYP Teaches Children to Grow Their Own Food Through Garden Club

CRYP Teaches Children to Grow Their Own Food Through Garden Club

Winter doesn’t stop the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. Although the growing season is still many weeks away, the nonprofit youth organization is already engaging children with the concepts of sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty—even the youngest children.

Last month, CRYP kicked off a new session of its Garden Club, inviting 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center to learn more about gardening and healthy eating. From 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 1, these children will work on creating their own herb gardens, with classes scheduled both in The Main’s kitchen and in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s classroom.

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    Cecilia FireThunder to be Keynote Speaker at This Year’s Passion for Fashion

Cecilia FireThunder to be Keynote Speaker at This Year’s Passion for Fashion

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that Cecilia FireThunder, the first woman to serve as president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will be keynote speaker at this year’s eagerly anticipated Passion for Fashion. The event is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center in Eagle Butte.

“We’re honored to welcome Cecilia FireThunder to our community and to our 2017 Passion for Fashion event,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “This event is all about lifting up our young Lakota women, in every aspect, from supporting their wellness to strengthening the connection to their culture. Cecilia has an impressive background in native health, wellness and education, with a particular emphasis on healing. We’re very much looking forward to giving our youth this opportunity to hear her speak.”

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    CRYP Will Welcome Loretta Barrett Oden to Eagle Butte on Aug. 11-12

CRYP Will Welcome Loretta Barrett Oden to Eagle Butte on Aug. 11-12

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it will welcome native chef, food historian and lecturer Loretta Barrett Oden to its Eagle Butte campus on Thursday and Friday, August 11-12. Oden is spending two days at CRYP courtesy of the nonprofit, grassroots youth project’s “Learning to Eat Like Our Ancestors” initiative.

Oden, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, will conduct a cooking demo and workshop on Thursday, and a business entrepreneurship workshop on Friday. Both are open to CRYP’s teen interns and interested members of the Cheyenne River community.

CRYP also will be screening a very special episode of “Seasoned with Spirit: A Native Cook’s Journey,” the five-part, Emmy Award-winning TV series Oden hosts on PBS. This program celebrates native history and culture with delicious, healthy recipes inspired by indigenous foods; in episode 3, Oden traveled to the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation to learn about buffalo and preparing the lean, healthy meat.

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The Sioux Chef is Coming on June 10!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it will welcome “The Sioux Chef” Sean Sherman to its Eagle Butte campus on Friday, June 10. The chef is spending the day at CRYP courtesy of the nonprofit, grassroots youth project’s “Learning to Eat Like Our Ancestors” initiative.

In the morning, Sherman will lead an entrepreneurism workshop, which will be open to CRYP’s teen interns as well as to members of the local community. In the afternoon, he will host a cooking class for up to 20 people with sampling for attendees. Once again, the offering will be available to teen interns and community members.

In the entrepreneurism workshop, Sherman will discuss how to start a restaurant or catering company. Topics include developing a business plan, menu testing, hiring essential help, creating a marketing plan, generating startup capital, writing employee materials, keeping an eye on labor and food costs, and how to address the inevitable bumps in the road.

In the cooking class, the chef will talk about applying traditional Native American techniques and knowledge, and participants will gain hands-on experience with traditional foods—including bison—and practice recipes. Topics for discussion include Sherman’s ethnobotanical and anthropological research and how to use traditional techniques in modern cooking.

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    CRYP is Accepting Applications for Summer Teen Internships Through May 27

CRYP is Accepting Applications for Summer Teen Internships Through May 27

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it will be accepting applications for its summer teen internship programs through Friday, May 27. Internship opportunities include wellness, social enterprise and sustainable agriculture; CRYP is offering three 80-hour internships during the summer season, with each session running approximately two to three weeks.

During their internships, participating teens will participate in classes and trainings, they’ll be involved in event planning and youth mentorship, and they’ll gain valuable job and life skills that will serve them well beyond high school. Those who complete their 80 hours each will earn a stipend of $500.

These aren’t simply summer jobs, however. According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, CRYP’s internship programs are carefully designed for Lakota youth.

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