Indigenous Cooking Internship
The idea for this internship track came from one of our teens. In this track, interns learn the history of different foods, their relationships to traditional Lakota medicines and ceremonies, and their contemporary uses. They also get plenty of hands-on kitchen time, learning to make ceyaka tea, flat cedar tea, chokecherry juice, wojapi, chokecherry patties, dried buffalo meat, wasna, ba’ pa soup, squash flour, and more. They document their experiences in journals, and they create their own spirit dishes/smudge kits to conclude their internships.

Spring Indigenous Cooking Internship 2020

The Cheyenne River Youth Project welcomes you to apply to our spring session of the Indigenous Cooking Youth Internship Program for Cheyenne River area youth ages 14 to 17 years old. A review committee will select youth they feel are qualified to take on the demanding schedule and program goals involved with the program. During the length of these internship sessions, participants will learn the importance of traditional indigenous foods and cooking using natural ingredients, much of which comes from our very own Winyan Toka Win Garden.

This program is guided by traditional and spiritual principles which incorporates our Lakota values including; generosity, spirituality, wisdom, respect, courage, honesty, and patience. In an area where fast, cheap food is not comprised of healthy ingredients or even actual food we should be consuming, our interns will gain skills food wise that will give them a leg up in the world.

Youth are required to work up to 50 hours over the course of their program session. Upon successful completion of the internship, participants will receive a stipend up to the amount of $500. All chosen participants are required to attend every class and activity scheduled for them by their instructors. As of this time, classes are tentatively scheduled for 4pm to 6pm in the evening, Monday through Friday in each session. If there is a discrepancy in program dates and interns personal schedules, this must be discussed and worked out prior to their entrance into the program.

Interns will work with the following (not limited to or in any particular order):

●  Buffalo Meat

●  Traditional Teas

●  Chokecherries, Wild Apples and other fruits

●  Various types of Squash

●  Wild Rice

●  Honey and other natural sweeteners

●  Various professional kitchen equipment

Interns will also learn not only the traditional techniques of preparing meals, but also learn proper protocol in today’s professional industrial kitchens and how to combine these two worlds. Participants may take trips organized by their instructor as whole, learn food safety, as well as personal safety.

To apply for this internship track you can download the Spring 2020 Indigenous Cooking Internship application and return it to us or fill out the form below. You and your parent/guardian will receive a confirmation email once the form is submitted.

Applications are DUE to Anthony Potter by Friday April 17 @ 6:00pm

Explore Cokata Wiconi

Internship Program

CRYP’s ground-breaking teen internship program, which offers tracks in sustainable agriculture, social enterprise, wellness and the arts, gives young people a chance to learn vital job and life skills—and gain significant hands-on experience—that will serve them well all their lives. Through this program, we are lifting up the next generation of Lakota creators, mentors, culture bearers and leaders. In 2013, we graduated 10 interns. By the end of 2017, that number had risen to nearly 500, and the program is still growing. Learn more about Internships at Cokata Wiconi.

Wellness at Cokata Wiconi

At CRYP, we believe in holistic wellness—supporting every child’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. We prepare them for a successful, vibrant adult life with wellness training that incorporates physical fitness activities, culturally relevant classes and workshops, health education and certifications, and opportunities to develop their skills and self-confidence through peer mentorship and community leadership. Learn more about Wellness at Cokata Wiconi.

Midnight Basketball

Founded in 1996 as the brainchild of a former long-term volunteer, Midnight Basketball is CRYP’s signature wellness program for teens. It fosters healthy and sober lifestyles, physical fitness, personal responsibility, teamwork and positive self-esteem; it also helps alleviate bullying, because it brings kids from all social circles together for hours of late-night ball, music, refreshments and fun. Learn more about Midnight Basketball.

Passion for Fashion

Not only does this long-running program give our teenage girls a chance to share in the joy and excitement of preparing for the high school prom, it provides a meaningful opportunity to learn from other Lakota women, enjoy intergenerational bonding, and find personal empowerment through positive body image, improved self-confidence, and the knowledge that one person absolutely can do her part to create a stronger community. Learn more about Passion for Fashion.