Julie Garreau is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and executive director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project, an organization she founded in 1988 to meet the needs of Lakota youth and families on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River reservation. Julie stewarded CRYP through its development from a one-room youth center to a comprehensive youth and family services campus that includes “The Main” youth center for ages 4-12, Ċokata Wiċoni (Center of Life) teen center for ages 13-18, 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute, 2.5-acre Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden, Keya (Turtle) Café & Coffee Shop, Keya Gift Shop, and seasonal Leading Lady Farmers Market and Turtle Island Food Truck. A dedicated youth advocate, Julie has created a successful model for other Native communities as they develop effective, sustainable youth programming.
In more than three decades with CRYP, Julie has received the South Dakota Volunteer of the Year Award (1992); Presidential Points of Light Award (1993), presented by President George H.W. Bush; Lakota Nation Invitational Tournament Public Service Award (1993); Father Hogebach Service to Native American Children Award (1995); North American Indian Women’s Association Fellowship “Among All Peoples” Award (1999); Garden Supply Company’s First Place “Garden Crusader” Award (2005); and Spirit of Dakota Award (2009).
In 2002, the South Dakota Coalition for Children named CRYP a “Champion for Children,” and Julie was named to an honor roll that recognized outstanding dedication to South Dakota’s children. Her name appears on the Honor Wall at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
In 2011, Julie was appointed to the South Dakota Commission for National and Community Service. She was chosen to be a Bush Foundation Native Nations Rebuilders Fellow in 2012, and she received a Bush Fellowship in 2016. Under her leadership, CRYP won a Bush Prize for Innovation.
Julie is a founding member of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance and currently serves as its president. In 2014, her vision for a public art space for youth was realized with the opening of the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, the home of CRYP’s award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam, now in its 6th year, and an innovative arts internship program and Lakota Arts Fellowship program for teens. RedCan received the Americans for the Arts’ Robert E. Gard Award in 2017 and was selected for its 2019 PAN Year in Review. Also in 2019, Julie received the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Award, which is a testament to the significant learning that takes place at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute, which officially opened in 2018. Julie also received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year award in 2019. Julie is on the board of Arts South Dakota, stewards CRYP’s inclusion in the Bush Foundation’s 2nd Community Creativity Cohort, and is a member of the South Dakota Attorney General’s Indian Advisory Council.
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A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Jerica was born and raised on the reservation. Upon her 2007 graduation from Takini High School, she began taking courses in Early Childhood Education at Oglala Lakota College. She began working with the youth in 2009, through Department of Social Services and Child Protection Service centers within the community. Through the daily challenges in her role there, she enjoyed helping the youth the reservation. Jerica began working as a Youth Programs Assistant at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in 2014; she quickly was promoted to Youth Programs Coordinator, and in 2018, she became CRYP’s Youth Programs Director. Because she has many younger siblings and relatives, she feels that she has a good understanding of the needs and interest of youth. Jerica hopes to bring her passion and experience to her role at CRYP, serving as a positive role model for children and teens.
As finance manager, Crystal is responsible for managing all of CRYP’s grants and tracking the organization’s spending. Her professional career has given her a critical skill set, including accounting, bookkeeping and payroll, and she brings tremendous value to the CRYP team.
Crystal holds an associate’s degree in accounting from Western Dakota Technical Institute, and she’s currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human resources from DeVry University. She will complete this degree program in March 2018.
As CRYP’s public relations manager, Heather writes all of the organization’s press releases, produces its monthly e-newsletter, handles media relations, contributes to the website, and assists with fundraising, outreach and other development activities. She volunteered at the Main in the summer and fall of 2006 and became a staff member in 2007.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Heather has nearly 20 years’ experience in communications. In the last two decades, she has worked as a staff editor for two national magazines and as a public-relations specialist for two nationally recognized advertising agencies, served as the public affairs manager for a not-for-profit contemporary arts center, and volunteered on the marketing committees for a maritime museum and humane society.
Heather has operated her own full-time freelance writing business since 2004. She continues to serve as a contributing editor for three national magazines, and her articles regularly appear in a variety of regional and national publications. An award-winning writer, she is the recipient of the Denver Woman’s Press Club’s annual “Minnie” grand prize. Heather makes frequent trips to Eagle Butte from her home in Bailey, Colorado.
Jody Sarkozy-Banoczy is an independent grant-writing consultant based in the Washington D.C. area. Her expertise lies in the arts and in native community development. She has 15 years of experience and success writing grants to many foundations and federal agencies, including the CDFI Fund, Administration for Native Americans, USDA, HUD and others.
Jody is the former director of development for First Nations Oweesta Corporation, and her work supports organizations focused on native artist entrepreneurship, small business development, youth, leadership and affordable housing.
Wendell Nezzie, Jr.
While working with CRYP, Wendell has completed coursework towards a degree in criminal justice from Oglala Lakota College. He is currently in charge of CRYP’s wellness program; he plans and executes all fitness-related activities, including daily workouts and weekly fitness challenges, and he helps coordinate teen programming for the Wellness Internship Program.
Caprice One Feather
My name is Caprice OneFeather. I am 20 years old. I graduated from C-EB Highschool. I want to get my Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training with a minor in nutrition. Afterwards, I plan to come back to the Rez and help my community fight diabetes. My hobbies include: working out, weight lifting and EDM festivals. One of the things I hope to do at CRYP would be to get the kids interested in lifting weights or see working out as a means to relieve stress. I want to be an inspiration and help people workout properly.
The big picture for me is to own my own nutrition shack while also being a private trainer. Community is important to me because I come from a big family. I have 4 sisters and 3 brothers. I hope to gain different skills at CRYP that will benefit me later in life as well as to save money. Ultimately, through CRYP, I would like to give hope to the younger kids just like CRYP gave hope to me.
My name is Xavier Norris. I am from Eagle Butte and I am 24 years old. I graduated from C-EB High School in 2014. Some of my hobbies include: playing basketball, running, working out, enjoying music festivals, and traveling.
College was definitely an interesting experience for me since I jumped around to quite a few places. At first, I went to Arizona State University(ASU) but it was too expensive so it kind of set me back 2 years until I could pay off what I owed. When I finally paid off my student debt, I then decided to attend United Tribes Technical College for Business and played men’s collegiate basketball there. However, life took a turn and I decided to leave UTTC to come back home to take care of my family.
I have 2 brothers and 6 sisters. Now I’m working and saving up money to go back to school. I’ve decided to set my Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and my minor in Business. One day I will become an entrepreneur in hopes of starting my own gym and personal training business in order to help out reservations and to keep the community fit both mentally as well as physically.
I feel CRYP will help me stay on track with my own personal goals and give me more motivation working with the community through all different kinds of activities. I believe I can contribute to CRYP by embracing their values of teamwork, leadership in addition to different ideas to help growth and strengthen CRYP.
As CRYP’s website and design associate, Mina manages the organization’s website and e-store backend, and assists with other graphic design related needs. She has enjoyed working with CRYP for over 10 years.
Mina holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Old Dominion University and has 18 years of experience with educational, human services and arts related non-profits as well as communications and pr firms. She is an award winner designer and has operated her own freelance design business since 2000. She currently works not only with CRYP but also with number of small businesses and entrepreneurs for their branding and design needs.
She lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC with her husband, teaches yoga and also owns a photography business.