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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
Support Passion for Fashion and Our Young Lakota Women!
#RedCanRising: Save the Date
CRYP Seeks Artistic Director and Lakota Artists
How Successful was Our 2016 Christmas Toy Drive?
Keya Cafe Will Reopen in May with Exciting Updates
February Hall of Fame: Claudia Iron Hawk
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. 


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!
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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February 2017 News

It's Not Just About the Prom: Help Us Lift Up Our Young Lakota Women!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has officially launched its 2017 Dress Drive for Passion for Fashion. The nonprofit organization is asking its friends and supporters to donate everything from dresses to hair accessories so its young people can be ready for this spring's high school prom.
On the surface, the prom is all about glamorous gowns and dashing tuxedos, fresh corsages and sparkling jewelry, popular music and lots of dancing. Underneath, however, this uniquely American rite of passage is about so much more-it's a celebration of friendship, multigenerational bonding, and positive self-esteem.

Please support us and join this nationwide movement as we seek to lift up our young Lakota women and, in the process, our Cheyenne River community. You can make a donation here:

Or, click here to learn more about the many ways you can help! Pilamaye (Thank You)!

The 3rd Annual RedCan Graffiti Jam is 
Scheduled for June 29-July 1         

It's the new year, and RedCan is rising once again. With interest in Indian Country's first and only invitational graffiti jam hotter than ever, CRYP has announced the dates and featured artists for its 3rd annual RedCan - and has launched the fundraising campaign to support this year's event.
RedCan 2017 will take place from June 29 to July 1 at CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at various sites across the city of Eagle Butte. Featured artists this year are Estria from Hawaii; East from Denver; Serval from Switzerland; Scribe from Kansas City, Missouri; Scape Martinez from San Francisco; Kazilla and ER from Miami; Dwayno Insano from Tucson, Arizona; and Biafra Inc., Cyfi and Wundr from Minnesota's Twin Cities.

Learn more here, and click below if you'd like to support our RedCan fundraiser!

Lakota artist Ray Dupris provides art instruction at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.

CRYP Seeks Artistic Director and Lakota Artists/Mentors for Lakota Arts Institute
CRYP is moving ahead quickly with its plans for the innovative new Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Arts Institute. Not only has it embarked on a widespread search for a full-time artistic director to manage LAI operations, it is already hosting art classes focused on traditional Lakota crafts and is laying the groundwork for additional classes and camps.

In addition to an artistic director, the nonprofit youth project also is seeking Lakota artists to serve as instructors and youth mentors. Learn more here, and for details about the available positions, contact Executive Director Julie Garreau.

How Successful was our 2016 Christmas Toy Drive? Check It Out!

It takes more than a Christmas blizzard to stop the
Cheyenne River Youth Project. Despite subzero temperatures, howling winter winds and mountainous snow drifts, the nonprofit youth organization still managed to bring Santa Claus to more than 1,300 excited children across South Dakota's Cheyenne River Lakota reservation this year.

"In December, we frequently have our moments when it seems we won't get everything done in time for Christmas Eve, but somehow we always manage to do it," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "It's all worth it when we see the relief in the eyes of the family members. Like all parents and grandparents, they want to give their children a happy Christmas. They understand life is hard here, and they know their children have to grow up too fast. Just for one day, they want them to experience the carefree happiness and joy of just being a kid. All children deserve that."

We couldn't have brought Christmas joy to so many children, and their families, without your support. We're deeply grateful.

Keya Cafe Closed for Season; Will Reopen in May with Exciting Updates 

CRYP has temporarily closed its Keya (Turtle) Cafe and will devote the next few months to upgrades. The nonprofit youth project will host a grand reopening celebration in May, just in time for the busy summer season on the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation.
Upgrades will include new equipment, an innovative menu, and a robust e-commerce option for those who wish to make online purchases from the Keya Cafe and Keya Gift Shop.
"We're going to be adding two new freezers, as well as new equipment for food preservation and our coffeehouse operations," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We're looking forward to presenting an entirely new menu with even more farm-to-table produce, and we'll be offering traditional Lakota dishes on a regular basis."
All the upgrades are made possible through a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation, and they are part of a new business plan for the 3-year-old cafe, which is a critical element of CRYP's social enterprise initiatives. These initiatives also include the Keya Gift Shop and the seasonal Leading Lady Farmers Market.

CRYP is currently seeking a social enterprise manager to be responsible for cafe and gift shop operations. Please contact Garreau for more information. 

February Hall of Fame:
Claudia Iron Hawk

The beating heart of the Cheyenne River Youth Project's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center is its internship program. Created three years ago to provide Cheyenne River's teens with opportunities to learn valuable job and life skills, the program now includes robust, innovative internships in sustainable agriculture, social enterprises, wellness and the arts.

Some teens gravitate to internships in just one area. Others, like Claudia Iron Hawk, are so inspired by what they've learned, they seek new opportunities at every turn. Claudia, 16, has already completed three sustainable agriculture internships, an arts internship focused on graffiti and street art, and a social enterprises internship, which involves operations in the youth project's Keya (Turtle) Cafe and Keya Gift Shop.

Order  "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" 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 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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