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Volunteer with CRYP!
CRYP's Sponsor Enrichment Activities
Sponsor a Birthday Cake at The Main
Meet Our Board of Directors
Support CRYP with Amazon Smile, GoodSearch & GoodShop, and Capital One
Check Out Our Needs List
Our Mission
One Day Left: Help Give The Main a New Playground
RedCan is Nominated for Robert E. Gard Award
Cheyenne River Youth Celebrate Earth Day
CRYP Launches Spring Bike Club
April Hall of Fame: Marquis Aungie Jr.
Order "Home" and Support CRYP
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CRYP is actively seeking volunteers to work in our Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center. 


If you are interested in applying for our volunteer program, please visit our website and click on the volunteer link for more information.


You also can read our recent article about our volunteer program here


Sponsor Enrichment Activities for CRYP Youth


The Main youth center and Cokata Wiconi teen center are looking for sponsors to support art and athletic enrichment activities for our after-school and summer programs. 


We are actively looking for people willing to make monetary or in-kind donations to fulfill these needs. You can donate online by clicking the link below or by mailing donations to the Cheyenne River Youth Project, P.O. Box 410, Eagle Butte, SD 57625.  


If you'd like to see a Needs List for our enrichment programs, please contact us at (605) 964-8200 or send us an email at






Sponsor a Birthday Cake at The Main!
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Few days in a child's life are as precious as his or her birthday. Unfortunately, for far too many underprivileged children, that day passes with little celebration - if any at all. CRYP wants to make sure that the young children who attend The Main youth center have the birthday festivities they deserve.

Each month, The Main hosts a birthday party for the children whose birthdays fall during that month. To offset the cost of each party, CRYP seeks monthly sponsors to contribute $40 for the birthday cake. Please consider sponsoring a birthday cake this year! Every dollar makes such a difference in the lives of Cheyenne River's children.

Meet Our
Board of Directors
Jeremy Patterson

Karla Abbott

Jeffrey Meyer

Guthrie Ducheneaux
Peggy Gallipo
Lonnie Heier

For more info and bios, click here!

Support CRYP When You Shop Online!
What if CRYP earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or, what if a percentage of every online purchase you made supported our cause?

Amazon, for example, will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to CRYP when you shop at To make shopping even easier, you can add the AmazonSmile 1 Button to your web browser.

Then there are GoodSearch and GoodShop. is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up. is an online shopping mall that donates up to 30% of each purchase to your favorite cause. Hundreds of great stores have teamed up with GoodShop so that every time you place an order, you'll be supporting your favorite cause.

And, if you download the
"GoodSearch - Cheyenne River Youth Project - CRYP toolbar," our cause will earn money every time you shop and search online EVEN if you forget to go to the GoodShop or GoodSearch sites first! Click here to add the toolbar.

While you're online, you even can make a secure donation with your Capital One credit card. Simply click here. You even can add an easy-to-use widget for future contributions.

Needs List
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CRYP relies on in-kind donations as well as funding to continue our mission. If you'd like to help, please check out our Needs List. You also may contact us at (605) 964-8200 if you'd like a copy of our most up-to-date list and price quotes for particular needs. Thank you for your support!
Our Mission

Spanish Class at The Main
The Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities.
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April 2017 News

One Day Left: Please Help Give Our Kids at The Main a New Playground

For the last three decades, the Cheyenne River Youth Project has provided a safe place for young children to play after school, on weekends and during the summer months. But playground equipment ages and becomes unsafe over time. Recognizing that we needed to upgrade ours, we embarked on a new playground project with outside partners, dismantling our old one to make way for the new.

Unfortunately, outside of CRYP's control, that project has fallen through-leaving our kids without a playground. So we are asking our friends and supporters to join us in a fundraising campaign to bring a brand-new playground to The Main! Together we can fulfill the promise we made to our children.

We offer our heartfelt thanks for your friendship and support. Pilamaye (Thank You)!

CRYP's RedCan is Nominated for Prestigious Robert E. Gard Award 

CRYP is one of just 10 finalists out of a record 80 submissions for the prestigious Robert E. Gard Award this year. This award, which celebrates exemplary work at the intersection of the arts and community life, is one of seven national awards given out each year by Americans for the Arts.   
Members of Americans for the Arts are currently voting for the winner at Voting is restricted to organizational member beneficiaries and individual members at the $75 level or higher. Members must log in to their accounts to vote. For more information about membership and voting, send e-mail to
Voting will close on Monday, May 1, and the winner will be announced to the public live at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention on Saturday, June 17.
The nonprofit youth organization is currently preparing for its third annual RedCan event, which is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at CRYP's free, public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at various community sites throughout its hometown of Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Updated information about 2017 RedCan is available at:

Cheyenne River Youth Celebrate
Earth Day on Apr. 22

For the CRYP team, a strong connection to the earth means a strong connection to traditional Lakota life ways, a critical component to holistic wellness and healing. That's why Earth Day, Apr. 22, is a significant date on the CRYP calendar, and the nonprofit youth project hosted a day full of special activities for Cheyenne River's young people and community members of all ages. All events were open free to the public.
For starters, CRYP hosted an eight-team, double-elimination basketball tournament for grades 6-8 in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center's full-size gymnasium. The tournament was a CRYP fundraiser, so all proceeds from the $10 entry fee supported youth programming and services. The top three teams took home medals and prizes, while spectators enjoyed special half-time challenges and participated in a 50/50 raffle drawing.
Also that day, staff members and teen interns led a "March for Science," which focused on the effects of global warming, as well as a trash pick-up effort in the community. The day's festivities concluded with a grill party outside The Main youth center, which included a variety of sports and fitness challenges.
"At CRYP, we don't create programs simply for their own sake," said Tammy Granados, youth programs director. "Every activity here has a deeper purpose. In the case of our Earth Day weekend activities, our goal is fostering wellness in our young people-through physical fitness, community engagement, and strengthening their connection to their bodies, their Lakota Nation, and their Mother Earth."

      CRYP Launches Spring Bike Club at The Main Youth Center 

For nearly three decades, CRYP has been dedicated to fostering wellness among the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation's young people. And to Executive Director Julie Garreau and her staff, that means more than simply providing meals, snacks and safe spaces to learn and play-it means teaching children how to make healthier choices in every aspect of their lives.
To that end, the nonprofit youth organization is kicking off its annual Bike Club for the 4- to 12-year-olds who attend youth programming at The Main, CRYP's youth center. The club officially starts meeting this week, and will meet every Monday and Thursday throughout the spring, summer and early fall months.
CRYP will provide bikes, helmets and pads for all participants. Its teen wellness interns will serve as the bike club's instructors, teaching the younger children how to prep their bikes and educating them about bike safety.
"A critical component of our wellness internship is youth mentoring," said Tammy Granados, CRYP's youth programs director. "Leading the Bike Club gives our teens the opportunity to actively mentor the younger children, which is a powerful step toward becoming community leaders."

April Hall of Fame:
Marquis Aungie Jr.

Although we at the Cheyenne River Youth Project are immensely proud of our teen internship program and our burgeoning arts initiatives, we'll never forget our roots. CRYP got its start nearly 30 years ago in a little youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds, and to this day, we are well aware that our impact on the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation's youth begins here-and that "the little Main" makes a real and lasting difference in our kids' lives.

Marquis Aungie Jr., 12, started coming to The Main about four years ago. He says his friends told him about the drop-in youth center, which offers nutritious meals and snacks, wellness activities, arts and crafts, a variety of clubs, and simply a safe place to play, study and spend time with friends.

"It sounded cool," says the sixth-grader, who is in his last year at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School.

Marquis recently learned how to grow his own food through The Main's Garden Club, and how to make healthy smoothies. Now, however, he's looking forward. The next year will bring middle school and, as soon as he turns 13, admittance to Cokata Wiconi.

He says he can't wait. The big draw? Cokata Wiconi's full-size Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium.

"I love basketball," he says. "I want to be an NBA player one day, and I want to go to Chicago."

Marquis, we have loved having you at The Main for so many years, and we can't wait to welcome you to Cokata Wiconi. A whole new adventure is waiting for you.

Order  "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" and Support CRYP!

One hundred percent of the proceeds from book sales benefit the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project.

Order books here .
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Thank you so much for your interest in our youth project, and for your ongoing support as we pursue our mission in the community.

To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964-8200 or visit And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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