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The Cheyenne River Youth Project will host a special edition of Halloween Basketball & a Halloween Carnival at Cokata Wiconi

The Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte has announced that it will host two free Halloweenthemed events this month at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life).

The Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte has announced that it will host two free Halloween-themed events this month at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life).

EAGLE BUTTE, SD — The Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte has announced that it will host two free Halloween-themed events this month at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). A special edition of “Halloween Basketball” for teens is scheduled Friday, Oct. 19, and a Halloween Carnival for the entire community will take place the following Friday, Oct. 26.

The Halloween Basketball festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Oct. 19. Youth ages 13-18 will be able to play ball in the full-size gymnasium until 8 p.m., and then they’ll enjoy a DJ dance with Ethel Morgan providing music and karaoke. The event will conclude at 11 p.m.

The Halloween Carnival, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 26, also will take place at Cokata Wiconi. Held in conjunction with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Indian Child Welfare Program, the event will incorporate hayrides, musical chairs, a costume contest and Halloween fishing. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly celebration.

CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Interns will play an important role in both events. During the DJ dance, they’ll be conducting a Halloween themed “Blood Splatter” art project, using different types of tempura paint to create what is known as splatter art.

The Halloween Carnival, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 26.

The Halloween Carnival, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 26.

“They’re most excited to use glow-in-the-dark paints for this project,” says Valerie Siqueiros, youth programs coordinator. They’re hoping to display their finished piece during the Halloween Carnival a week later.”

In another fun nod to the Halloween season, the teen art interns will offer zombie makeup tutorials so a Zombie King and Queen can be crowned during the dance. Then, at the Halloween Carnival the following Friday, the teen interns will provide face-painting services and do a variation of the splatter-art project with the younger children.

To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964- 8200 or visit www.lakotayouth.org. And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook (/LakotaYouth), Twitter (@ LakotaYouth) and Instagram

(@waniyetuwowapi).

The Cheyenne River Youth Project, founded in 1988, is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a wide variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities that ensure strong, self-sufficient families and communities.

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