Screams, squeals, and laughter could be heard from Wanagi Tipi, a spook house that took place at the Wolves Den Boxing Club in Eagle Butte this past weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the spook house held three sessions of “spookiness” geared for appropriate age groups. A light snack and educational material was also provided for all participants.
The spook house came to fruition after a massive collaboration among numerous Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal programs, businesses, schools, and with the help of volunteers: the CRST Chairman’s Office, Buffalo Board, CRST Fitness Center, CRST Game, Fish, and Parks, Family Services, Indian Child Welfare Act Office, Youth Horsemanship Program, CRST Law Enforcement, Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative, CRST Suicide Prevention coordinator, TERO, Title 1 Office, CRST Veterans Association, Wolves Den Boxing Club, Wolakota Construction, Sacred Heart Center, Dupree School, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Natural Helps, and a group of volunteers all made the spook house possible.
According to MSPI Initiative Coordinator Jodi Kohlus, over 800 people enjoyed the spook house and transportation was provided for the communities of Bridger, Cherry Creek, Dupree, Green Grass, La Plant, Ridgeview, Swift bird, Thunder Butte, Takini, and White Horse.
“We provided a free, positive, drug and alcohol-free event, for our youth on Cheyenne River,” said Kohlus.