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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
New RedCan Mini-Documentary, 2018 Dates
Applications Available for "Growing Into Wowachinyepi"
Teens Travel to Washington D.C.
CRYP Hosts Season-End Midnight Basketball & Lock-In
Hundreds Attend Annual School Supplies Drive
CRYP Hosts Free Delta Dental Clinic
August Hall of Fame: Dexter Hawk Eagle
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!
Main Birthday Party 1
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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August 2017 News
CRYP Unveils RedCan Mini-Documentary, Announces 2018 RedCan Dates  
In conjunction with releasing its new, nine-minute RedCan mini-documentary (see above!), CRYP also has just announced the dates for its 2018 RedCan graffiti jam. It will take place on June 27-July 1, 2018, with painting scheduled at various sites in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and around the city of Eagle Butte.
"We knew, going in, that graffiti and street art would resonate with our youth here," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We didn't realize how intensely art would strengthen the connection our kids have with their Lakota culture, nor did we fully anticipate the healing effect of giving these young people new tools for exploring their identities, finding their own voices, building self-confidence, and sharing their stories... it's incredibly powerful."

Learn more here !

Applications Available for "Growing Into Wowachinyepi" Program
Until Friday, Sept. 8, applications will be available for the new " Growing into Wowachinyepi" program for youth leaders on South Dakota's Cheyenne River Lakota reservation. CRYP recently joined forces with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute to create this exciting one-year pilot project, which is modeled on CNAY's national "Champions for Change" program.
This community-specific initiative is designed to respectfully honor young leaders in a culturally relevant youth recognition program.
"Our community has its own unique outlook on what it means to be a leader, and what it means to achieve," said Tammy Granados, CRYP's youth programs director. "The Lakota word wowachinyepi means 'one who the people can depend on' - the 'Growing into Wowachinyepi' program seeks to promote that distinctly Lakota view of leadership while honoring and recognizing young people who exemplify our community values."

Seven Cheyenne River Teens Take Life-Changing Trip to Washington D.C.

Thanks to its participation in "The Hero Effect" on the Oprah Winfrey Network and with the support of the United Way, CRYP was able to take seven teenagers on a life-changing, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. this summer. 

Bryanna Ducheneaux-Clown, Tyra Lends His Horse, Hailee Eagleman, Blake Big Eagle, Wyatt Hill, Wagacan Ducheneaux and Ryanne Nezzie spent four days in the nation's capital on July 27-31. CRYP Youth Programs Director Tammy Granados and Youth Programs Assistants Anthony Potter and McKinzie Circle Eagle accompanied the young people on the trip.

CRYP Hosts Season-End Midnight Basketball & Lock-In
Our summer Midnight Basketball program has come to an end for the 2017 season! More than 50 teens attended our final event on Aug. 18-19, with many staying until 6 a.m. Saturday for the full "lock-in" experience.

Everyone enjoyed taco salad made with fresh produce from the Winyan Toka Win garden, a horror movie, an exciting game of hide-and-seek in The Main with the lights off, and breakfast catered by our own Keya Cafe.

Thanks for a great summer, kids!

Hundreds of Children Attend Annual School Supplies Drive at Cokata Wiconi
On Aug. 2, CRYP hosted its annual School Supplies Drive distribution in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center's gymnasium. To date, we have provided nearly 300 children - from Headstart through high school - with the school supplies they need to start the new school year.
What's more, additional children have been arriving daily to search for their supplies, which means this year's CRYP School Supplies Drive likely will serve another 150 to 200 children by the time it comes to an end.

"Members of our Family Services program live in 20-plus communities across the Cheyenne River reservation, which is the size of Connecticut," explained Tammy Granados, CRYP's youth programs director. "Due to work schedules, the distances involved, and sometimes lack of transportation, some families cannot attend our actual distribution day. So we make sure that all the supplies are available right up until the first day of school for those community members, as well as for families who may have recently moved to the area."

CRYP Hosts Free Delta Dental Clinic for 47 Community Members in August
This month, we hosted a special Delta Dental Clinic for our community. It was open free to the public.

Forty-seven community members ranging in age from 1 to 22 years were able to get their teeth checked and cleaned, and they took home a dental kit and a backpack filled with school supplies.

August Hall of Fame:
Dexter Hawk Eagle

Welcome back to our "Main Edition" of the CRYP Hall of Fame! This month, we'd like to introduce you to Dexter Hawk Eagle, who started attending youth programming at The Main this summer. Dexter is 7 years old, and he's a second-grader at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Elementary School.

"I've been coming to The Main for about two months or something like that," Dexter says. "My friend told me about it, and my older sister works there."
Read more of his story here!


Order "Home" and Support CRYP!
One hundred percent of the proceeds from book sales benefit the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project.

Order books here .
For more details about the project, and to order fine-art prints (100% of proceeds also benefit CRYP), visit and click "Photography."
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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