For the first time in four years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will be welcoming youth back to the Čhokáta Wičhóni (Center of Life) teen center for one of its most beloved programs. From 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2023, attendees will be able to join CRYP staff, special guests, family members and friends for Wačhípí kta Iglúwiŋyeyapi, which means “Youth Get Ready for the Dance.”
More commonly known as Passion for Fashion, this annual event initially was designed to provide all the essentials young women need for that quintessentially American rite of passage: the high school prom. While it still serves that purpose, the program has evolved over the years to become so much more.
“We are dedicated to helping our young people strengthen the connection they have with Lakota culture so they can live wólakhota, in keeping with our people’s sacred way of