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Keya Gift Shop Online: SEPTEMBER SPECIAL!
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
Support CRYP Through Law Rocks Washington DC!
More Than 600 Children Receive School Supplies
The New KaBoom Playground is Here!
Teens Attend "College Night" This Month
Hall of Fame: Mason Arpan
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.


Throughout the month of September, CRYP is selling its RedCan 2018 T-shirts for $12.50 each (normally $20)! 
See above photo; available in sizes S, M, L, XL.

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!
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

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
Three girls

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 2018 News

Support CRYP Through the Band "Splinter" at Law Rocks Washington D.C.

Fundraising continues in the final weeks leading up to the Law Rocks Washington D.C. event on Thursday, Sept. 13. This fourth annual battle-of-the-bands for charity is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, and 100% of the proceeds from the band Splinter's fundraising efforts will benefit CRYP.

All performers in Law Rocks Washington D.C. are legal professionals turned rockstars, with each band raising money for its own preferred nonprofit organization. Splinter is currently in sixth place (out of nine) for total funds raised through sponsorship, donations and ticket sales.

To support the band's effort, you can either purchase tickets to attend the event or make an online donation; the bands with the most contributions get better spots in the lineup and have a better shot at winning a prize. And, again, 100% of the proceeds will benefit CRYP's youth programming at services on Cheyenne River!

To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit:

To make a donation, simply scroll through the "Tickets" section, where you'll find "Donate to Band's Nonprofit Pick." When you check out, you'll be able to select "Splinter," ensuring that CRYP will receive your donation.

Please consider supporting us through this fun, exciting event! Wopila.

RedCan Shorty - Community Engagement Through Public Art (:30)
RedCan Shorty - Community Engagement Through Public Art (:30)

CRYP Releases New RedCan 2018 "Shorty" Video on YouTube 

This week, CRYP released its fifth and final "shorty" video featuring highlights from this year's RedCan invitational graffiti jam. This week's installment features artist Dwayno Insano, who shares his thoughts on community engagement through public art.

To view the rest of the shorties, as well as behind-the-scenes videos from the first two days of RedCan visit the

A full-length RedCan 2018 documentary is coming up next month. Stay tuned!

CRYP Gives School Supplies to More Than 600 Children This Month 

More than 600 children received school supplies as well as books, fleeces, shoes, soap and dental kits during this year's School Supplies Drive. CRYP's annual distribution too place on Thursday, Aug. 16 in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) gymnasium.

During the distribution, children were able to choose backpacks, protractors, compasses, calculators, pencils, pens, crayons, writing tablets, folders, kid-friendly scissors, erasers, glue sticks, rulers and so much more. There were, notes Executive Director Julie Garreau, a lot of happy faces during what was essentially a back-to-school shopping day. 

"They were so excited about their new backpacks, and getting to choose their favorite colors and styles of pencil cases, folders, notebooks and other items," Garreau reports. "We saw such joy, and relief, because the kids know they'll be well-prepared on the first day of school. That's how it should be for all children, everywhere."

This year's annual School Supplies Drive was made possible by contributions from Running Strong for American Indian Youth in Alexandria, Virginia, and many individual donors across the country.

Our Kids Finally Have Their New KaBoom Playground!

On Saturday, July 28, a dedicated group of volunteers transformed an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground at Cheyenne River Youth Project. In just six hours, 38 volunteers did the work of 100-plus-and CRYP's children now have the KaBoom play space they've wanted since 2015.  

"Hats off to KaBoom, the Playworld staff, Wells Fargo and the Wells Fargo volunteers, the United Way, LDS Church, Partnership for Native Americans, Dietel Partners, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Property and Supply, and CRST Housing Authority," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "I also want to extend a heartfelt thanks to my staff, my family members and all the community volunteers who came to help. I can't say enough good things about you all."

Teens Attend "College Night" at Cokata Wiconi on Aug. 15

A heartfelt thanks to Wyatt Jewett and Torrie Eagle Staff for taking the time on Tuesday, Aug. 15, to speak with our youth about their college experiences at, respectively, Columbia University and Stanford University. It's important for our teens to learn more about higher education from other Lakota students who have first-hand experience and can offer perspective, guidance and answers. Wopila!

August Hall of Fame:
Mason Arpan

When young children participate in their first programs or activities at the Cheyenne River Youth Project, they're embarking on a journey that likely will continue through their teen years and into their adult lives. One child might drop into The Main for arts and crafts, another might enjoy playing in the new playground or joining friends in something more structured like Bike Club.

Or, a child might want to learn how to care for the plants in CRYP's Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden. When young Eagle Butte resident Mason Arpan saw young people at work in the garden, he knew that was something he wanted to do-and not just through The Main's Garden Club. He was interested in the Native Food Sovereignty Internship for older youth.

Mason's interests already were geared toward the outdoors. He had just started his own lawn-care business, Ship Shape Lawns, which he called both an interest and a hobby.

"I had always wanted to own a business, but my mom would never let me because I was too young," says Mason, now 12. "Finally, when I turned 9, she let me."

At around the same time, Mason discovered CRYP programming through Winyan Toka Win.

"I told my mom that I wanted to work in the garden like the kids I used to see," he remembers. "The internship really appealed to me, because it would provide educational experiences and an opportunity to learn job skills that could be a part of my life in future internships and jobs."
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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