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Keya Gift Shop Online: APRIL SPECIALS!
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
Executive Director Wins Prestigious Award
Nearly 90 Teens Enjoy Passion for Fashion 2019
C.E.R.T. Training at CRYP This Spring
Sensory Night at The Main
Volunteer Spotlight: Brooke Voss Linsenbardt
Hall of Fame: Avya Blanco
Quick Links
Select items from CRYP's Keya (Turtle) Gift Shop are now available online, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization's youth programming and family services.


Our tan CRYP T-shirts are now 25% off, and RedCan merchandise remains 50% off (except the books). These offers are good until Apr. 30! Visit our online store and click "RedCan" and "Clothing" to access sale items.

By supporting the Keya Gift Shop, you're also supporting  local artists and craftspeople; our youth artists, who are learning how their creative passions might translate to possible career opportunities; and our teen interns, who work in our gift shop every day, developing valuable skills in customer service, financial literacy and business management.


CRYP is actively seeking volunteers to work at our Eagle Butte campus. 


If you are interested in applying for our volunteer program, please click here to learn more!



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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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

Kibbe Conti
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 made an online purchase?

Amazon 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 2019 News

Executive Director Wins Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year Award

Congratulations to our own Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director! On Mar. 26, she accepted the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's prestigious Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year Award at NCAIED's annual Indian Progress in Business gala in Las Vegas. 

Each year, NCAIED honors outstanding individuals and companies for their contributions to economic parity and the betterment of native communities. This year's 43rd annual awards gala also commemorated the organization's 50th anniversary, and the bestowing of the Tim Wapato award was a highlight of the evening.

"I've known of Tim's work in Indian Country for a long time, so to be chosen for this award is humbling to say the least," Garreau says. "It's an honor, and we're both amazed and grateful to be recognized this way as we continue doing the work we love in our community, as we have done for more than three decades. 

"To know that Tim's work had such an impact on our indigenous communities," she continues, "and then to receive the award that honors his legacy--it's just so special, for all of us at CRYP."

Nearly 90 Young Lakota Women Participate in Passion for Fashion 2019 

Sixty-eight young Lakota women attended CRYP's annual Passion for Fashion event on Mar. 16. An additional 21 teens scheduled post-event appointments so they could find the dresses, shoes and accessories they need for their high-school prom, and CRYP staff will continue to accept appointments until the end of April.

At this year's Passion for Fashion, CRYP encouraged the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation's young women to "Remember Your Roots & Embrace Your Culture." Throughout the day, the teens had the opportunity to explore Lakota star knowledge, traditional Lakota stories, and motivational Lakota words and sayings.

The event, and the celebration of Lakota culture, began with a luncheon at 12 p.m. Guests enjoyed a main course of wahonpi, a traditional stew incorporating bison, prairie turnips and wild potatoes; miniature servings of frybread with the thick berry sauce called wojapi; and for dessert, special cakes with a "seven council fires" motif. 

As always, Passion for Fashion guests were able to find the perfect dress and shoes for the prom. They enjoyed an afternoon of pampering, from hair styling to makeovers, and they walked the CRYP runway to commemorate this special occasion with friends and family members. And at the end of the evening, each young lady received a swag bag full of makeup, hair products and jewelry to help them get ready for the big day.

"As she was leaving, one girl said, 'That was so much fun!'" remembers Meghan Tompkins, CRYP's deputy director. "That's a big deal, coming from a teenager. We were thrilled to hear it."

Lakota Youth Can Take C.E.R.T. Training at CRYP This Spring 

In conjunction with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Emergency Management Department and Partnerships with Native Americans, CRYP will be offering Community Emergency Response Team trainings for 13- to 18-year-olds in April and May. The three-day sessions are scheduled for Apr. 29-May 1 and May 20-22; each evening's program starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

Harold Tiger, CRST emergency manager, will lead the youth trainings at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). The three-day sessions will include classroom time as well as hands-on instruction regarding learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, how to shut off propane tanks in an emergency, removing a victim from the scene, accessing levels of injury, determining who is first priority for assistance, and so much more.

Kids Enjoy "Sensory Night" Every Week at The Main

On Apr. 4, CRYP launched a brand-new weekly program for 4- to 12-year-olds called "Sensory Night." Held at 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at The Main, the program allows the younger children to engage their sense of touch and experiment with different shapes and textures while the older kids enjoy outside recreational time.

Long-term volunteer Sandy Morford leads each Sensory Night. She sets up water tables, bins with mixtures of unpopped popcorn and small toys, and containers with slime-and sets the children free to explore with their hands.

"It's all about the process," Morford says. "This is such a hands-on experience of textures and substances, and how they mix together. It's proving to be a positive and enjoyable experience for the kids."

Volunteer Spotlight:
Brooke Voss Linsenbardt 

My name is Brooke Voss Linsenbardt. I'm 29 years old, and I'm from suburban St. Louis. My professional and personal trajectory starts, and ends, and starts again with the Cheyenne River Youth Project.

I first heard about CRYP from Debbie Wills, a family friend from church. I volunteered in 2004, and my relationship with CRYP grew from there-I try to return as often as I can, both to volunteer and simply to visit my CRYP family.

Since I usually stay for shorter amounts of time, my responsibilities vary. I do what I'm told! On any particular visit, I might work on organizing the Family Services warehouse, creating decorations for special events or activities, and preparing snacks and meals. 

Although I knew quite young that I wanted to be an educator, I did not know or understand back in 2004 how CRYP would change my life. 

April Hall of Fame:
Avya Blanco 

In the nearly 13 years since CRYP officially opened the doors to its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, we've learned that our teens participate in activities here for a variety of reasons. They might want to play basketball in the full-size gymnasium, use the fitness center, sign up for internships so they can pursue their passions and earn a stipend, pursue leadership training and serve as mentors for the younger kids, learn how to work in different art mediums, or simply have a safe place to hang out with friends after school.

We also know, in some cases, parents are urging them to give us a try. Avya Blanco, 14, admits that her mom wanted her to participate at the youth project, but she says she got involved right away once she saw what the programs were all about. First, she turned to CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute.

"I did an Arts internship because I loved all the graffiti and art," she says. "I learned how to make moccasins as well. Then, when I got bored at home and saw friends making traditional native foods, I realized I wanted to do the Indigenous Cooking internship as well."

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 CRYP and its programs, 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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