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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
CRYP Needs: In-Kind Donations
Our Mission
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Waniyetu Wowapi
Three Weeks Remain to Support 2020 Passion for Fashion!
Exciting Month for Teen Art Interns & Lakota Art Fellows
CRYP Invites Community to Share RedCan Input
Volunteer Spotlight Video: Laura Copeland
Hall of Fame: Deja Roberts
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Free CRYP lanyard with all online orders!

CRYP is proud to make select items from the Keya (Turtle) Gift Shop available online, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization's youth programming and family services.

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!


And to meet a few of our former volunteers, check out our Volunteer Spotlight.



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.

In-Kind Donations
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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 click here and scroll down to "In Kind Donations," where you'll find links to our Amazon wish lists. 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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February 2020 News
Take a Peek Behind the Scenes at
CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi!

Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute
The Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute

For those who aren't familiar with it, CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute is home to our free, public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park; our award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam, the first and only event of its kind in Indian Country; a robust teen internship program; and the new Lakota Art Fellowship.

Welcome to Waniyetu Wowapi at CRYP... 
"Believe the impossible can be possible."

Cheyenne River Youth Project presents Passion for Fashion 2018

Three Weeks Remain to Support Our
2020 Passion for Fashion 

CRYP is hard at work preparing for this year's Passion for Fashion, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 21. While o n the surface, Passion for Fashion might seem to focus primarily on providing the dresses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories the teens need for their high school prom, this long-running program is about so much more.

Passion for Fashion 2010-7 "For decades, our role in this community has been to provide opportunities for our kids, and to plant seeds for a more secure and vibrant future," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "In  this program, we create safe, fun spaces to learn from other Lakota women, enjoy intergenerational bonding, build new relationships, and find personal empowerment through positive self-esteem, connecting with Lakota culture, and celebrating traditional values."

In the spirit of planting seeds, CRYP has turned to Audrey Hepburn for this year's Passion for Fashion theme. The famed Hollywood actress once noted, "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

Click here to learn more about how you can help. You also can make an online contribution through the link below. Philámayeye!


CRYP's winter cohort of teen art interns.

Teen Art Interns & Lakota Art Fellows Have Exciting, Busy Month

February has been an exciting month for the Cheyenne River Youth Project's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. Not only did the new winter cohort of teen art interns have the opportunity to learn from two accomplished artists in residence, the 2019-2020 Lakota Art Fellows are preparing to embark on a special arts field trip to Minneapolis. Learn more here!

RedCan 2019 Indian Country Invitational Graffiti Jam
RedCan 2019 Indian Country Invitational Graffiti Jam

CRYP Invites Community to Share RedCan Input in Advance of 2020 Event 

CRYP is encouraging members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation community to share ideas and input as it prepares for RedCan 2020. The 6th annual invitational graffiti jam is scheduled for June 24-27 at CRYP's public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at select mural sites throughout Eagle Butte.

On Feb. 5, the nonprofit youth organization hosted a community meeting so local residents could share their thoughts on the RedCan experience. While they enjoyed lunch catered by CRYP's Keya (Turtle) Cafe and Coffee Shop, attendees discussed highlights of previous years' RedCan events and how Indian Country's first and only graffiti jam can continue to grow and thrive.

"Topics included new themes, increased focus on native women's issues, and ways to strengthen intergenerational relationships," said Tyler Read, CRYP's artistic director. "We were happy to welcome one of our local Lakota artists to the meeting, as well as Jeremy Fields, an accomplished graffiti writer and art instructor who has been part of RedCan in past years. They both offered some valuable insights."

The group discussed ways to get elders more involved in RedCan, so they can share their perspectives and help inform the artists' imagery and storytelling. Building relationships with the RedCan artists, Read explained, is an important component of RedCan.

"That can take shape in different ways, whether it's elders and artists sharing time together, creating even more intentional pairings between visiting artists and local artists, and perhaps providing greater public access to the artists through special events and fundraisers," he said. "We're excited to explore all the options, because at its heart, RedCan is about connection."

Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director, agreed. She recalled a meeting at last year's RedCan that incorporated visiting and local artists, CRYP staff, and volunteers. 

"We talked for hours about what makes RedCan unique and how we can make it even better," Garreau recalled. "It's so important to us that we hear the voices of our artists, our youth, our elders, and our community at large. RedCan belongs to all of us."

Volunteer Spotlight Video:
Laura Copeland 

CRYP Stories of Generosity - Laura Copeland
CRYP Stories of Generosity - Laura Copeland

This month, we're doing something a little different in our Volunteer Spotlight: We're sharing a very special "CRYP Stories of Generosity" clip, featuring Laura Copeland. Laura has been a Wo Otúh'an Wi Toy Drive volunteer for 10 years, and we're deeply grateful for her dedication, support, and friendship. Wopila, Laura!

Click here to learn more about volunteering with CRYP! And you can meet more of our volunteers here.

February Hall of Fame:
Deja Roberts 

While many of our teens first discover CRYP as 4- to 12-year-olds attending our youth programs at The Main, some arrive a bit later - drawn by dedicated teen programs at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). Deja Roberts falls into the latter group.

Deja grew up in our hometown of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, and she first came to us as an eighth grader. She says she was interested in Passion for Fashion and the Harvest Festival, both popular annual events at the CRYP campus.

"They were fun and socially involving," Deja explains. "They're probably my favorite activities."

Deja, now 14, also is a regular teen intern at Cokata Wiconi. She has completed internship tracks in Native Wellness, Indigenous Cooking, and Art.

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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