Life on the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation has always been challenging. The Covid-19 pandemic this year made it even harder, profoundly disrupting daily life for all of us. Especially for our children.
Remaining a steadfast presence in their lives is like keeping a sacred promise.
With your support, we were able to do more
than we ever anticipated:
• Transformed our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) gymnasium into a safe, socially distanced Learning Center
• Guided 146 teens through their 2020 internships in Art, Native Wellness, Native Food Sovereignty, Social Enterprise, and Indigenous Cooking — utilizing both in-person and remote learning opportunities
• Graduated our first two Lakota Art Fellows
• Hosted socially distanced Art Camps for face-mask sewing, soap-making, natural medicines, storytelling & beading, and moccasin-making
• Planted and cared for our Winyan Toka Win Owozú (Leading Lady Garden), and harvested more than 10,000 pounds of produce
• Kept our Keya (Turtle) Cafe & Coffeeshop open, producing takeout meals for the public, and free daily sack meals for our kids
• Broadcast the 6th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam live, from eight cities across the United States
• "Renovated" and expanded our Keya Gift Shop E-Store, one of our three signature social enterprises, to include even more unique items and a more user-friendly shopping experience
• Launched a new Family Services system on our website that allows families to apply, renew applications, and submit "Dear Santa" letters entirely online
• Provided school supplies for 572 children in 211 local families
• Provided fresh produce for 244, 267 and 175 families, respectively, in September, October, and November
• Served more than 150 people in the 8th annual Harvest Festival Dinner on Oct. 8, which was a drive-thru, curbside event for the first time in its history
• Brought holiday fun to 181 children through our first "Halloween Grab n' Go" event
• Served 175 people in the annual "Thanks for Kids" dinner on Nov. 19
• Provided 153 and 185 holiday meal boxes to the community on Nov. 20 and Dec. 22, respectively
Together with our donors and partners, we found so many new ways to continue pursuing our ongoing mission — one step at a time, and as safely as possible. A lot has changed this year, but CRYP has not. At its heart, our "Little Nonprofit That Did" remains the same.