Visiting with Programs on Cheyenne River
We started our morning visiting with Billie Rose Garreaux, Running Strong food distributor on Cheyenne River. Each year Billie distributes over 3,000 boxes of food to families in the community, ensuring that families in need are able to feed themselves in times of need.
Afterwards, we received an in-depth tour of the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP). CRYP has been serving kids on the Cheyenne River Reservation for over 25 years. The center is also an essential part of Running Strong. Since our first grant in 1995 for $1,000 we have supported CRYP’s opening of both a Main Youth Center, known as the Billy Mills Youth Center, the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center, and the wide variety of programs that help serve the youth in the community.
After taking a look at the gardens we visiting the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center. It’s CRYP’s most recent building and includes an indoor basketball court, an internet café, classrooms, library, and final art and dance spaces.
Driving through the Badlands
After the tour we had lunch and began to make our way to the Badlands. The Badlands landscapes span layered rock formation, steep canyons, and towering spires. We drove across the picturesque Badlands loop and stopped to take pictures along the way.
Tomorrow we are traveling to the Crazy Horse Memorial where we will get a chance to explore the historic sculpture and everything the education center has to offer. We will also visit the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.