Cheyenne River Youth Project
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

September Hall of Fame: Mya Cloud Eagle

September Hall of Fame: Mya Cloud Eagle

We love getting to know our youngest CRYPers at what we’ve come to call, affectionately, “the little Main.” These 4- to 12-year-olds are enthusiastic about everything they do here, and we get a kick out of watching them discover their passions and interests as they have fun, socialize with friends, and enjoy quality time with… Continue Reading

August Hall of Fame: Mason Arpan

August Hall of Fame: Mason Arpan

When young children participate in their first programs or activities at the Cheyenne River Youth Project, they’re embarking on a journey that likely will continue through their teen years and into their adult lives. One child might drop into The Main for arts and crafts, another might enjoy playing in the new playground or joining… Continue Reading

May Hall of Fame: Oliver Miner

May Hall of Fame: Oliver Miner

This spring, five Lakota teens have been participating in “Growing Into Wowachinyepi (One Who the People Can Depend On),” a special program we designed in conjunction with the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute based on its “Champions for Change.” The program is designed to honor Cheyenne River’s youth leaders in a… Continue Reading

April Hall of Fame: Christina Collins Siquieros

April Hall of Fame: Christina Collins Siquieros

In a small town, it’s fun for everyone when someone new arrives—for us as a staff, and for all the kids. This spring, we all welcomed 7-year-old Christina Collins Siquieros to The Main, and already she is thriving. Christina actually lived on the Cheyenne River reservation when she was small, but her family has been… Continue Reading

March Hall of Fame: Elsie DuBray

March Hall of Fame: Elsie DuBray

Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member Elsie DuBray, 17, first attended a special event at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte when she was a third-grader. She thought it was so cool, she has volunteered with CRYP nearly every year since then, for the nonprofit youth organization’s long-running Christmas Toy Drive and Passion for… Continue Reading

February Hall of Fame: Caylor Rivers

February Hall of Fame: Caylor Rivers

The Cheyenne River Youth Project has welcomed children ages 4 to 12 since we opened our doors to “The Main” in 1988, long before the opening of our Cokata Wiconi teen center. Since the beginning, we’ve understood how important it is to reach our children while they’re young—to provide safe spaces, positive role models, healthy… Continue Reading

January Hall of Fame: Xander Red Horse

January Hall of Fame: Xander Red Horse

In the four-plus years since we launched our teen internship program, we’ve seen three types of participants: teens who complete one or two internships in different tracks, teens who complete all four tracks, and teens who fall in love with one particular internship and keep returning to it. Xander Red Horse falls into that last… Continue Reading

November Hall of Fame: Juell Twite

November Hall of Fame: Juell Twite

When Juell Twite was a young child growing up in Eagle Butte, she wanted to join the other kids at CRYP’s The Main youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds. Sadly, health issues kept her close to home — until one summer day, when she was a teenager. “I was sitting at home feeling sad, because… Continue Reading

October Hall of Fame: Alyson Potter

October Hall of Fame: Alyson Potter

More than a decade ago, a Cheyenne River teen named Anthony Potter was a regular around CRYP’s “The Main” youth center, offering volunteer service wherever and whenever it was needed. Fast forward to 2017, and quite a bit has changed: For starters, the youth project has expanded beyond The Main and is now a 5-acre… Continue Reading

August Hall of Fame: Dexter Hawk Eagle

August Hall of Fame: Dexter Hawk Eagle

Welcome back to our “Main Edition” of the CRYP Hall of Fame! This month, we’d like to introduce you to Dexter Hawk Eagle, who started attending youth programming at The Main this summer. Dexter is 7 years old, and he’s a second-grader at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Elementary School. “I’ve been coming to The Main for about… Continue Reading

July Hall of Fame: Jason White Horse

July Hall of Fame: Jason White Horse

Cheyenne River’s young people immersed themselves in art during CRYP’s RedCan invitational graffiti jam this year. From the First Peoples’ Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts activities to the many ready-and-waiting walls in the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, teens and littles alike expressed themselves creatively and energetically. CRYP’s art interns were busy too. With the… Continue Reading

June Hall of Fame: Jeremiah Dwayne Tiger

June Hall of Fame: Jeremiah Dwayne Tiger

While the Cheyenne River Youth Project has provided programming and facilities for 13- to 18-year-olds since we opened our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center in 2006, we’ve been serving our reservation’s 4- to 12-year-olds since the very beginning. They eagerly came through the doors of The Main youth center when we first opened… Continue Reading

March Hall of Fame: Genevieve Iron Lightning

March Hall of Fame: Genevieve Iron Lightning

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project designed its innovative teen internship program, it created four distinct internship areas to appeal to a diverse range of interests. Yet staff members are discovering that many teens choose to participate in all of them. Once the kids start learning, it seems, they don’t want to stop. Genevieve Iron… Continue Reading

February Hall of Fame: Claudia Iron Hawk

February Hall of Fame: Claudia Iron Hawk

The beating heart of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center is its internship program. Created three years ago to provide Cheyenne River’s teens with opportunities to learn valuable job and life skills, the program now includes robust, innovative internships in sustainable agriculture, social enterprises, wellness and the arts. Some… Continue Reading

September Hall of Fame: Randi Little Star

September Hall of Fame: Randi Little Star

In the years since we launched our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s internship programs, we’ve learned two very important things. Cheyenne River’s teens crave opportunities to learn new job and life skills, and they welcome mentorships that inspire them and encourage them to imagine all the possibilities for the future. Some of these… Continue Reading

August Hall of Fame: Salicia Jewett

August Hall of Fame: Salicia Jewett

While many of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s teen interns have completed multiple internship programs at our Eagle Butte campus, we are constantly welcoming new participants. We take great pleasure in watching them learn new skills, develop a sense of pride in themselves and in their work, and design future plans that incorporate these meaningful… Continue Reading

July Hall of Fame: Lisa Littleton

July Hall of Fame: Lisa Littleton

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project first launched its innovative teen internship programs in 2014, its primary goal was to give Cheyenne River’s young people new opportunities to learn job and life skills that would serve them well into adulthood. That goal is now being realized, as some of their more experienced interns are entering… Continue Reading

June Hall of Fame: Kellyn Circle Eagle

June Hall of Fame: Kellyn Circle Eagle

Through the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s teen internship programs, we’re able to engage young people with a variety of interests. Some teens want to work in our organic Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden. Others wish to learn to make gourmet coffees and prepare handcrafted entrees with farm-to-table ingredients in our Keya (Turtle) Cafe, or… Continue Reading

May Hall of Fame: Serena Eagle

May Hall of Fame: Serena Eagle

Before the Cheyenne River Youth Project® was founded in 1988, children growing up on the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation didn’t have many options for safe, positive places to go outside of school. When CRYP opened the doors to its Main youth center, 4- to 12-year-olds finally had their own space for playing, learning, and enjoying… Continue Reading

April Hall of Fame: Sapphire Lucero

April Hall of Fame: Sapphire Lucero

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project opened the doors to its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center 10 years ago, staff members envisioned that the 26,000-square-foot facility would become a true center of life in the Cheyenne River community. And, they hoped teens would use the center and its offerings to find their true… Continue Reading

March Hall of Fame: Wendell Nezzie

March Hall of Fame: Wendell Nezzie

Wendell Nezzie is a valuable member of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s youth programming staff. He also is a CRYP alumnus. Wendell grew up in a small community called Wicagakapi Sa, or Red Scaffold, in the western part of South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. He became a regular at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center… Continue Reading

February Hall of Fame: Elijah Brown Wolf

February Hall of Fame: Elijah Brown Wolf

In recent years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has devoted significant resources to its wellness programming. We believe the best way to serve our children and provide for a positive, healthy future is to address their holistic well-being — from nutrition and fitness, to community service, to connecting with the land and Lakota traditions. These… Continue Reading

January Hall of Fame: Maxwell Peacock

January Hall of Fame: Maxwell Peacock

Maxwell Peacock, 14, is a member of CRYP’s second cohort of Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Interns. He started coming to our campus regularly about a year ago, drawn to the environment and learning opportunities he saw at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center — in particular, he says he was interested in… Continue Reading

November Hall of Fame: Nathanial Fast Wolf

November Hall of Fame: Nathanial Fast Wolf

Nathanial Fast Wolf, 14, is a member of CRYP’s second cohort of Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Interns. He also served as a Sustainable Agriculture Intern in 2014, spending the summer in the Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) organic garden, and he’s a regular participant in the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) Book Club. Nathanial… Continue Reading

October Hall of Fame: Xzanndria Norris

October Hall of Fame: Xzanndria Norris

Xzanndria Norris, 14, has been participating in programs and activities at CRYP since she was a little girl. She says she loves how CRYP provides two centers that are geared toward young people, The Main youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds and the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center, and she definitely has some… Continue Reading

September Hall of Fame: Thomas Lucero

September Hall of Fame: Thomas Lucero

For the first time, we’re inducting a young person from The Main youth center into our CRYP Hall of Fame. His name is Thomas Lucero. This bright, curious 11-year-old started coming to The Main last fall. Thomas says he enjoys The Main’s playground and the full-size gymnasium at the next-door Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”)… Continue Reading

July Hall of Fame: Khalid Garreau

July Hall of Fame: Khalid Garreau

When CRYP opened the doors to its Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center in August 2006, its mission went beyond simply providing a safe place for teens to socialize, enjoy meals and snacks, do homework, watch movies and play sports. The center also was designed to provide a venue for learning valuable job and… Continue Reading

April CRYP Hall of Fame: Anthony Potter

April CRYP Hall of Fame: Anthony Potter

Enrolled Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member Anthony Potter grew up in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, in the heart of the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation. His house was just down the street from the original “Main” youth center, founded in 1988 in a defunct Main Street bar. note dealer The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s original Main… Continue Reading

February CRYP Hall of Fame: Our First Art Internship Program Participants

February CRYP Hall of Fame: Our First Art Internship Program Participants

This month marks the kickoff of something new for us: the CRYP Hall of Fame. In this special section, we’re going to highlight a current CRYP participant or alum; this is exciting, because it gives us an opportunity to introduce our young people to you, our deeply valued friends and supporters. Rather than choosing just… Continue Reading

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