Cheyenne River Youth Project

Yearly Archives: 2014

Main University Begins November 3

On Monday, November 3, CRYP will launch its fall semester of Main University, one of the not-for-profit youth organization’s most popular and enduring programs. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center; it was founded… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

Volunteer with CRYP in 2015!

As the year winds down, staff members at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® have two major endeavors on their minds. One is the annual Christmas Toy Drive, a mammoth undertaking that brings holiday cheer to more than 1,200 children across the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota’s remote West River country. The other… Continue Reading

2014 Halloween Programming Begins October 22

Next week, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will launch its 2014 Halloween programming, a series of events designed to bring thrills and fun to community members of all ages. This year’s activities, which kick off on Wednesday, October 22, will include a Halloween Carnival, a Scary Movie Marathon, CRYP’s annual Haunted House, and the eagerly… Continue Reading

New Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park Formally Dedicated in September

On Monday, September 15, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® formally dedicated the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park at its East Lincoln Street campus in Eagle Butte. The innovative new park, whose name means “Winter Count” in the Lakota language, is a free, safe, public art space that will allow artists — residents and visitors alike —… Continue Reading

CRYP Completes Third Session of Wowapi Olakholkichiyapi, the Teens’ Book-to-Movie Club

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® recently completed its third session of Wowapi Olakholkichiyapi, the book-to-movie club for local teens. Launched on April 3, the club met on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi teen center in Eagle Butte. The club began with 10 participants. During each club meeting, the teens would complete… Continue Reading

The 2014 Christmas Toy Drive is Under Way, with Goal of Serving 1,500 Children This Year

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the holidays, turning Christmas into a high-stress occasion. Yet this day should be so much more; as an anonymous sage once noted, “Rejoice in the spirit of Christmas which is Peace, the miracle of Christmas which is Hope, and the heart of Christmas which is… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Fall Harvest Kicks Into High Gear with “Veggie of the Week” and Community Harvest Festival Dinner

Fall has arrived on the Cheyenne River reservation in north-central South Dakota, which means CRYP staff and volunteers have been hard at work… harvesting, harvesting, harvesting. And that has kicked the “Veggie of the Week” program into high gear, according to Ryan Devlin, CRYP’s sustainable agriculture manager. “For the last two weeks, the focus of… Continue Reading



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