Cheyenne River Youth Project
45 Teens Complete Five Lakota Culture Camps This Fall

45 Teens Complete Five Lakota Culture Camps This Fall

This October and November, the Cheyenne River Youth Project hosted five 15-hour Lakota Culture Camps through its new Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. Forty-five 13- to 18-year-olds completed the camps, which were made possible through grants from NEA ArtWorks, ArtPlace America, South Dakota Arts Council and TECA. The camps gave… Continue Reading

CRYP Will Host Annual Youth & Teen Holiday Parties on Dec. 6-7

CRYP Will Host Annual Youth & Teen Holiday Parties on Dec. 6-7

The onset of December means two things for the Cheyenne River Youth Project. For one, the annual Christmas Toy Drive is moving into the home stretch, with donors and volunteers working long hours to ensure Santa Claus will visit more than 1,500 children across the Cheyenne River reservation. It also means it’s time to plan… Continue Reading

Information Session for New Lakota Immersion School This Saturday, Dec. 1

Information Session for New Lakota Immersion School This Saturday, Dec. 1

Lakȟótiyapi Okáȟtaŋ Wičhóičhaǧe Inc. (LOWI), the new Eagle Butte-based Lakota immersion school set to open in January, invites the community to an open house and information session on Saturday, Dec. 1. Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will take place at the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s “The Main” youth center, located at… Continue Reading

“Thanks for Kids” Celebration Scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19

“Thanks for Kids” Celebration Scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19

The Cheyenne River Youth Project will host its annual “Thanks for Kids” celebration next Monday, Nov. 19 at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). The special event is open free to the community, and this year, the nonprofit youth organization has a few extra treats for its guests. “Each year, we host a holiday-themed feast for… Continue Reading

CRYP Unites Donors & Volunteers to Create Real-Life Santa’s Workshop

CRYP Unites Donors & Volunteers to Create Real-Life Santa’s Workshop

Christmas is just six weeks away, which means the Cheyenne River Youth Project is working hard to make sure Santa Claus will bring holiday cheer to more than 1,500 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. Staff members putting together the annual Santa’s Workshop at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) in Eagle… Continue Reading

Eight Students Graduate from Main University This Fall

Eight Students Graduate from Main University This Fall

One of CRYP’s most beloved programs returned this fall, when the nonprofit youth organization held a six-week edition of its award-winning Main University. 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 by… Continue Reading

Welcome Meghan Tompkins, CRYP’s New Deputy Director!

Welcome Meghan Tompkins, CRYP’s New Deputy Director!

CRYP has announced that Meghan Tompkins is joining its full-time staff as deputy director. In her new role, Tompkins will be responsible for developing the nonprofit youth organization’s strategic plan and budget, and providing coordination and oversight of all fundraising activities. She also will be deeply involved in program planning and design, grant research and… Continue Reading

CRYP Will Offer “Wellness Wednesdays” in November

CRYP Will Offer “Wellness Wednesdays” in November

While the Cheyenne River Youth Project has been offering Native Wellness Internships for teens since 2014 and a variety of wellness-related children’s programs since its founding 30 years ago, the nonprofit organization is launching an exciting new wellness initiative in November. “Wellness Wednesdays” will incorporate new wellness programming for both teens at Cokata Wiconi (Center… Continue Reading

Enter to Win a Lakota Star Quilt & Support Our Christmas Toy Drive!

Enter to Win a Lakota Star Quilt & Support Our Christmas Toy Drive!

Each year, to celebrate the spirit of the season and help raise funds to support its massive Christmas Toy Drive initiative in rural South Dakota, the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte hosts a star quilt raffle. This week, the nonprofit youth organization announced that tickets are are on sale for the 2018 raffle.… Continue Reading

October Hall of Fame: Madisyn DuBray

October Hall of Fame: Madisyn DuBray

Basketball is a big deal on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Lakota youth have a great passion for the sport, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that many of them first find their way into Cheyenne River Youth Project programs via our full-size Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). One of… Continue Reading

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