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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
CRYP's Announces Development of Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Art Institute
CRYP Welcomes Loretta Barrett Oden to Eagle Butte
300+ Children Attend Annual School Supplies Distribution
August Hall of Fame: Salicia Jewett
Order "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" Today
We Need You This Winter: Consider Volunteering with 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. 


CRYP works hard to introduce the youth who attend our centers to the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle. As part of these efforts, we will be offering weeklong lacrosse workshops in the upcoming months for both children and teens. In order to hold these classes, we will need to purchase lacrosse balls, sticks, padding, and goal sets.


The art program at CRYP is also looking to expand in the upcoming months. We are looking to introduce kids to many different forms of artistic expression, including graffiti art, pottery, and painting.  To allow the kids to experiment with these new art forms, we will have many diverse needs including canvases, paint, paint brushes, clay, glazing supplies, pottery supplies, acrylic paint, spray paint, exterior paint, and sealant.


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. 






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.

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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 2016 News

CRYP Announces Development of Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Art Institute

This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® released a video announcing the development of its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Art Institute. The institute, according to CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau, is a natural evolution of the youth project's existing arts programming, which incorporates the free public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, the annual RedCan graffiti jam, and an extensive teen art internship program.

"Art is not a stand-alone concept for Lakota people," Garreau explained. "We've always expressed ourselves through art. It's an integral part of our lives. Art is culture, and it's deeply connected to community, so maintaining those connections and making them stronger is critical for us.

"I think everyone senses the importance of re-establishing and strengthening connections to traditions, stories, values and authentic culture identity," Garreau said. "We must give our young people as many opportunities as possible to explore their identities and share their truths, from their own deeply personal struggles to their nation's experiences with conflict. We also seek to share arts-related opportunities with them, from advanced education to professional development. That's the only way to foster real healing, and to provide a vibrant and more secure future."

As it grows and develops, the Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Art Institute at CRYP will incorporate fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts. The long-term vision includes music and movement, commercial arts, full internships/peer mentor program.
Loretta Barrett Oden with Cheyenne River teens in CRYP's Keya Cafe.
CRYP Welcomes Loretta Barrett Oden to Eagle Butte Campus in August     

Native chef, food historian and lecturer Loretta Barrett Oden visited CRYP's Eagle Butte campus on Thursday and Friday, August 11-12. Oden spent two days at CRYP courtesy of the nonprofit, grassroots youth project's "Learning to Eat Like Our Ancestors" initiative.
Oden, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, conducted a cooking demo and workshop on Thursday, and a business entrepreneurship workshop on Friday. Both were open to CRYP's teen interns and interested members of the Cheyenne River community.
CRYP also shared a very special episode of "Seasoned with Spirit: A Native Cook's Journey," the five-part, Emmy Award-winning TV series Oden hosts on PBS. This program celebrates native history and culture with delicious, healthy recipes inspired by indigenous foods; in episode 3, Oden traveled to the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation to learn about buffalo and preparing the lean, healthy meat.
"We've invited high-profile chefs like Loretta Barrett Oden and The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, to our campus because their personal missions align with our own," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We all understand that to achieve true lifelong wellness, we need to address physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Our native communities are ravaged by diabetes, yes, but also by historical trauma. Not only do we need to teach our young people about good nutrition, we must strengthen their connection to the Lakota identity and heritage."

More Than 300 Children Attended CRYP's Annual School Supplies Distribution
More than 300 children have attended CRYP's annual school supplies distribution at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center this month. The nonprofit youth organization is expecting to serve many more children before the first day of school.
Those who were unable to attend the official distribution on August 8, who didn't have the opportunity to join Family Services in time or who are new to the community still may participate. CRYP has plenty of school supplies in stock so it can distribute them throughout the month of August.

To operate its Family Services Program, CRYP relies on a variety of important contributors, from organizational partners to private individuals. One critical supporter is Alexandria, Virginia-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth, which provided the majority of the school supplies for this year's distribution.
"We're deeply grateful to Running Strong, and to the many individuals across the country who also sent in-kind and financial contributions to support this year's school supplies distribution," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "Without their support, we wouldn't be able to provide school supplies to hundreds of children here on the Cheyenne River reservation. Thanks to all of you, our kids will be able to start the year off right."

August CRYP Hall of Fame: 
Salicia Jewett      

While many of the Cheyenne River Youth Project's teen interns have completed multiple internship programs at our Eagle Butte campus, we are constantly welcoming new participants. We take great pleasure in watching them learn new skills, develop a sense of pride in themselves and in their work, and design future plans that incorporate these meaningful job and life experiences.

Salicia Jewett, 17, is one of our new interns. This month, she is working in our Keya (Turtle) Cafe as a social enterprises intern; her responsibilities include cleaning and maintaining the cafe's commercial kitchen, hand-crafting the cafe's signature coffee drinks, and providing customer service.

"This is my first job, and I love it," she says enthusiastically. "Everyone is so nice."

Read more of Salicia's story here!

Order CRYP's Coffee Table Book
"Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation"

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

Be sure to click "See all 3 formats and editions" and then the arrow next to "hardcover" - three versions are available, from 8x10 to 11x13, in hardcover and paperback. To order more than 10 copies, please contact the creative team at, as discounts may be available for large orders.
For more details about the project, and to order fine-art prints (100% of proceeds also benefit CRYP), visit and click "Photography." 

As this summer draws to a close, we'd like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Child Fund International, without whose generosity and friendship we would not have been able to produce this book. This past June, CFI ended the majority of its U.S. programs to focus on its work overseas-our partnership with this organization, which is dedicated to helping children achieve their potential despite poverty, has been so valuable to us. From all of us at CRYP, to all of you at CFI:


Volunteer Positions Available Now

Most people may not be aware that CRYP relies heavily on volunteers to keep its doors open, its programs running, and its services flowing to the Cheyenne River community. While we do expect to welcome volunteers to our Eagle Butte campus once summer arrives, we continue to face a critical volunteer shortage during the spring months.

Please learn more about our volunteer program, and how to apply, here!

The youth project welcomes individuals and groups for short- and long-term stays.
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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