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Keya Gift Shop Online: NOV/DEC 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
CRYP Needs: In-Kind Donations
Our Mission
Cheyenne River Celebrates "Thanks for Kids"
December Festivities Are Around the Corner
Harvest Festival Breaks CRYP Record
CRYP Seeks Full-Time Deputy Director
Hall of Fame: Lakota Arts Fellows
Quick Links
Christmas Toy Drive 2011 (2)

Free gift wrapping on all online store purchases!

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!
Main Birthday Party 1
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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November 2019 News
Cheyenne River Community Celebrates "Thanks for Kids" at CRYP

On  Thursday , Dec. 21, 150 members of  the Cheyenne River Lakota community gathered at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) to celebrate "Thanks for Kids." During the evening's festivities, the community enjoyed a home-cooked, holiday-inspired meal featuring roast turkey, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, stuffing, fried green beans, corn, cranberry-orange mash, bread rolls, pies, Jell-O, and Executive Director Julie Garreau's famous bread pudding.

Many menu items featured produce from CRYP's organic, 2.5-acre Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden. In addition, the evening included traditional Lakota drumming and dancing, a youth art activity led by the teen Lakota Arts Fellows, and family-friendly games.

"We're so grateful to our family members, friends and neighbors who joined us to celebrate our children," Garreau said. "They are our heart, our joy, our future, and our greatest treasure."

Cheyenne River Youth Project Christmas Toy Drive 2012
We'd like to share one of our favorite toy drive videos, which offers a glimpse of the magic that happens here every year.

December Will Bring Parties, a Toy Store, Community Wrapping & Santa Claus!
With less than six weeks to go before Santa Claus arrives on South Dakota's Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, the Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced several important happenings on this year's holiday calendar. These include holiday parties at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center and "The Main" youth center, a public Christmas Toy Store, and a large-scale community wrapping party.

December also is the home stretch for the nonprofit youth organization's massive annual Wo Otúh'an Wi Toy Drive, which serves more than 1,700 children in 20-plus communities across Cheyenne River. And it's not too late to help!

You also can support the toy drive by entering to win this traditional Lakota star quilt. Click here for more!

Every contribution directly supports CRYP's gift-giving efforts and makes a real difference in the lives of Cheyenne River's children. Philamayeye!

2019 Harvest Festival Breaks CRYP Attendance Record

More than 230 people attended the Cheyenne River Youth Project's 7th annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 25, breaking the record for the nonprofit youth project's signature Native Food Sovereignty event. Held in conjunction with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's Indian Child Welfare program and open free to the public, the Harvest Festival provided Halloween-themed youth activities, a hayride, and a homemade meal featuring fresh, organically grown produce from the 2.5-acre Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden.

Youth Programs Assistant Anthony Potter (pictured at right) and Finance Manager Crystal Lind (not pictured) recently earned graduate certifications from the Taos Economic Development Center's Food Sector Opportunity Project.

The highlight was the hearty dinner buffet at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life), which included buffalo pot roast and turkey, mixed salad, butternut squash apple bisque, roasted and sautéed squash and beets, mashed potato squash, and dinner rolls. Youth Programs Assistant Anthony Potter was in charge of the kitchen, and he guided the Native Food Sovereignty teen interns through the entire process.

"We wanted our interns to see the end result of all the hard work they put into harvesting and processing during this growing season," Potter said. "I worked with them the day before and the day of the Harvest Festival, showing them how to prepare and use all the ingredients. They also helped serve the food to our community, and we recognized them during a special presentation."

Learn more about the event, CRYP's Native Food Sovereignty Initiatives, and our staff's recent involvement in the Taos Economic Development Center's Food Sector Opportunity Project here.

CRYP Seeks Full-Time Deputy Director

CRYP  is seeking a deputy director to join its full-time staff in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The new deputy director will be responsible for developing the nonprofit youth organization's strategic plan and budget, and providing coordination and oversight of all fundraising activities.  

The new staff member also will be deeply involved in program planning and design, grant research and writing, human resources activities, development of CRYP's social enterprises, and managing Board of Directors activities such as meetings, minutes and quarterly reports. And, he or she will be responsible for managing daily operations at the Eagle Butte campus in the absence of Executive Director Julie Garreau.

"Working at CRYP isn't just another job," observed current Deputy Director Meghan Tompkins, who will be moving out of state for family reasons. "It becomes part of who you are, and part of your identity. It is home." 

Full position description:

November Hall of Fame:
Our 2019-20 Lakota Arts Fellows 

This year, CRYP launched its first-ever Lakota Arts Fellowship program. Operated through the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute, this nine-month fellowship is designed for young people who have completed multiple teen arts internships and have expressed interest in pursuing advanced arts education and eventually careers in the arts.

Introducing our 2019-2020 Lakota Arts Fellows (pictured from left to right): Roberta High Elk, Emanual Semon, and Kailey Carter.

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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