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Leave the Couch! is a free summer program for Native youth ages 13-17 to have fun and get up off that couch! You’ll have the chance to participate in cultural, physical activities AND learn how to cook tasty, healthy meals.

There is no cost for this program, just fill out the registration form below and check off the events you want to attend. You must pre-register at least one week prior to the event(s) you will be attending.

Activities as follows (weather permitting):

  • June 2: Cooking 101 Basics
  • Horseback Riding [RESCHEDULED: Date TBD]
  • June 9: Archery
  • June 16: Rock Your Tastebuds with Taste Testing at Bis-Man Co-op
  • June 23: TBD
  • June 30: Pizza Making
  • July 7: Cultural Teachings and a Hike with Historian Dakota Goodhouse
  • July 14: Edible Plants?! Explore with Ethnobotanist Linda BlackElk
  • July 21: Fishing
  • July 28: Traditional Food Making
  • August 4: Ready for some PAINTBALL?!
  • August 11: Traditional Food Making
  • August 18: Paddleboarding

Click here to download the Event flyer.

This program is organized by 2020 Dreamstarter® S’Nya Sanchez, and sponsored by the Sacred Pipe Resource Center through the generosity of the Dreamstarter® grant. For more information contact S’Nya or Cheryl at 701-426-1315 or

S'Nya Sanchez, 2020 Dreamstarter®

S’Nya Sanchez (Standing Rock Sioux), is originally from Minneapolis, MN. She’s a college student at United Tribes Technical College, dual majoring in Business and Environmental Science & Research. S’Nya is also an actor with experience through New Native Theatre and a movie called The Jingle Dress.

“I am devoted to providing the youth an opportunity to experience new physical activities and food recipes,” S’Nya says. “This is an experience that was given to me when I was younger, so I would like to provide that to the Bismarck/Mandan community.”

S’Nya is one of ten American Indian young people selected for the 2020 Dreamstarter® grant program, funded by Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Each year the program awards grants to ten American Indian youth to help them implement projects inspired by their dreams for their communities. With this funding and the sponsorship of the Sacred Pipe Resource Center, S’Nya is making her dream a reality!

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