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Indigenous Cooking Interns Shine at Lakota Food Summit This Month

Indigenous Cooking Interns Shine at Lakota Food Summit This Month

The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s indigenous cooking interns made quite an impression at this month’s Lakota Food Summit in Rapid City. Hosted by the Lakota Food Sovereignty Coalition and led by Sean Serman, The Sioux Chef (pictured here with the interns), this first-time event took place Feb. 18-20 at the Holiday Inn-Rushmore Plaza. Anthony Potter,… Continue Reading

150 Community Members Attend Annual “Thanks for Kids” Celebration

150 Community Members Attend Annual “Thanks for Kids” Celebration

On Thursday, Nov. 21, 150 members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe community gathered at the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) for the annual “Thanks for Kids” celebration. Held in conjunction with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Indian Child Welfare program and open free to the public, the evening’s festivities included a… Continue Reading

January Hall of Fame: Maliyah Lee

January Hall of Fame: Maliyah Lee

This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project would like to shine the spotlight on one of our newest teen participants at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). Eagle Butte resident Maliyah Lee, 14, first started coming to our campus this past December, and she’s already completed her first internship.  Maliyah says she immediately liked CRYP because… Continue Reading

600+ Teens Graduate from CRYP’s Teen Internship Program

600+ Teens Graduate from CRYP’s Teen Internship Program

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project launched its teen internships at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) in 2013, 10 teenagers graduated from the program. Just five years later, that number has reached the impressive 600 mark. Six art interns and two indigenous cooking interns are preparing to graduate prior to the Christmas holiday. Three teens… 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

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

68 Lakota Teens Complete Summer Internships, Bringing Total to 560 in Five Years

68 Lakota Teens Complete Summer Internships, Bringing Total to 560 in Five Years

This summer, 68 Lakota teens completed internships through the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte: 22 in Social Enterprise, 26 in Native Food Sovereignty, 15 in Native Wellness, and five in Indigenous Cooking. It was a busy summer for the innovative internship program, and now teens are converging on CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of… Continue Reading

Keya Cafe Goes Eco-Friendly, Offers Important Educational Opportunities

Keya Cafe Goes Eco-Friendly, Offers Important Educational Opportunities

The Keya (Turtle) Cafe and Coffeehouse has been a mainstay of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s social enterprise initiatives since it opened in 2011. In recent years, it also has led the charge as the nonprofit youth organization seeks to become more environmentally friendly.  In today’s Keya Cafe, customers will find biodegradable to-go boxes in… Continue Reading

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