We're excited to report that, including a pledge someone made via check, our Kickstarter campaign has passed the $4,100 mark in four and a half days. That's a very respectable start, and we're so grateful to the early project supporters who have made it possible! (A warm welcome to Lisa, Alissa DG, Charles Reeves, Robert Moxon and Kim Kavin, our most recent contributors!) We still have about $60,000 to go, so please help spread the word.
In other news: Indian Country Today Media Network published another article on its website that we think is worth sharing! The piece talks about the Cheyenne River Youth Project's 25th anniversary, the launch of its endowment fund, and the grand opening of its eagerly anticipated Keya Cafe.
We mention this here because our passion for the Cheyenne River reservation began with this outstanding not-for-profit youth organization, and with the wonderful people there who do so much for Cheyenne River's children and their families. That's why, once our "Home: Cheyenne River" book is published and is available for purchase, we're going to donate 50% of the profits from book sales to CRYP's endowment fund... for as long as we have books to sell. It's our way of giving back to the organization, and the community, that has welcomed us with open arms for so many years.
We'll be doing the same with the fine-art prints that are for sale through this website — 50% of all proceeds from print sales will be donated to CRYP, for as long as we're selling prints. To learn more about CRYP, we encourage you to visit www.lakotayouth.org!
And here's something fun. Now that we're back in our home office, we've had a chance to go through images from this past weekend, and we thought our friends and supporters would get a kick out of seeing some behind-the-scenes shots of the "Home: Cheyenne River" art exhibition. It was a lot of work, and a lot of stress, getting this ready in the three weeks between the holidays and opening day, but it all came together. You can see the gallery on our Facebook page or through Richard's photography blog.