Julie Garreau (Wičhaȟpi Epatȟaŋ Wiŋ)
Julie Garreau (Wičhaȟpi Epatȟaŋ Wiŋ), a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is the award-winning executive director for the Cheyenne River Youth Project, a grassroots, nonprofit youth and family services organization located on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. She has been the driving force behind CRYP, transforming it from a fledgling experiment to one of the nation's most successful Native youth development programs. Julie has provided critical guidance as CRYP experienced exhilarating development — from a tiny, one-room youth center in a former Main Street bar to a comprehensive youth and family services organization on a large campus that includes The Main youth center for children ages 4-12; the Ċokata Wiċoni (Center of Life) teen center for youth ages 13-18; the 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden; the Keya (Turtle) Cafe and Gift Shop; and the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park. As a passionate and dedicated youth advocate, Julie hopes that CRYP will become a model for other communities to follow as they develop their own effective, sustainable youth programming. In her years with CRYP, Julie has received the South Dakota Volunteer of the Year Award (1992), presented by Governor George Mickelson; the Presidential Points of Light Award (1993), presented by President George H.W. Bush; the Lakota Nation Invitational Tournament Public Service Award (1993); the Father Hogebach Service to Native American Children Award, presented by St Joseph's Indian School (1995); the North American Indian Women's Association Fellowship "Among All Peoples" Award (1999); the Garden Supply Company's First Place "Garden Crusader" Award (2005); and the Spirit of Dakota Award (2009). Julie served on Running Strong for American Indian Youth's National Honorary Advisory Board from 1998 to 2000, and on the Fairy Godmother's Fund Council from 2008 to 2010; that year, she also ran as the District 28 candidate for the South Dakota State Senate. In 2011, Julie completed Hopa Mountain's Native American Nonprofit Leadership Program, and in 2012, she became a Bush Foundation Native Nations Rebuilders Fellow. She has been appointed to the South Dakota Commission for National and Community Service, is a member of the SD Attorney General's Indian Advisory Council, and is a founding member of the Native American Food Systems Alliance. Her name appears on the National Museum of the American Indian's Honor Wall, and in March 2016 she was officially named a 2016 Bush Fellow. Julie is committed to creating edgy, innovative programming that effectively meets the evolving needs of the Cheyenne River reservation's children. To that end, she developed CRYP's dedicated arts department in 2015 — it includes the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, the Art Internship Program for teens, and the revolutionary RedCan Graffiti Jam.