Notah Begay III Foundation announced 10 Promising Program grantees.
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA — The Cheyenne River Youth Project proudly announces that it is one of 10 recipients of the Promising Program Grants through the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F), Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures.
The program was launched in Fall 2013 as a “national initiative focused on investing in research, grantmaking, technical assistance and advocacy to address childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics that are disportionately affecting Native American children, families and communities,” according to NB3F. Each of the grantees’ projects are modeled to fit the cultural needs of their communities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in four Native Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, while one out of every two Indian children will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes.
The CRYP Health and Wellness Program seeks to enhance overall wellness within the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe by increasing access to its fitness facilities, which includes an indoor gym for our new “Fit College” curriculum, Midnight Basketball, indoor walking, a weight room, dance studio, and other programming designed to promote an active lifestyle among its youth. Additionally, CRYP offers nutrition and diabetes education, along with the creation and implementation of our youth garden within the Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) Organic Garden.
“We are very humbled and grateful for the resources provided by NB3F to help combat this epidemic that plagues ours and so many other tribes across the country,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP executive director. “It is one of our goals and missions to help increase the access to a healthier lifestyle, including fitness and a healthy diet, for our community. We would also like to thank the W.W. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their continuing support in Indian Country.”
Other tribal grantees include: The Chickasaw Nation, The Cheyenne & Arapahoe Tribes, The White Earth Reservation, The Little Earth United Tribes, The Santa Ana Pueblo, The STAR School of Arizona, The Zuni Youth Enrichment Project, The Santo Domingo Pueblo and The Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin. The grants totaled more than $390,000 among the 10 recipients.