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Keya Gift Shop Online: FEBRUARY 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
Help Lift Up Our Teens Through Passion for Fashion
CRYP Releases 2018 Xmas Video
Masquerade Ball Coming Up on Feb. 22
Lori High Elk Leads Weekly Talking Circle for Girls
CRYP Adds Alternative Sport Thursdays to Wellness Programming
The Main's Garden Club Kicks Off New Session
Hall of Fame: Blue White Horse
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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.


Long-sleeve, crew-neck CRYP shirts in white, tan and gray:

S-XL $17.25
(regular price $23 sale) 

XXL-XXXL $18.00
(regular price $24)

Quantities are limited, so order yours today!

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!
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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

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
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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 2019 News
Cheyenne River Youth Project's Passion for Fashion 2015
Learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project's Passion for Fashion program in this 2015 video.

Help Uplift Cheyenne River's Teen Girls Through Passion for Fashion on Mar. 9

The nonprofit, grassroots Cheyenne River Youth Project has been serving children and families on South Dakota's remote 2.8-million-acre reservation since 1988. In the last three decades, one powerful truth has emerged: To foster healing and long-term wellness, programs must help young people strengthen the connection they have with their Lakota culture.

To that end, CRYP has unveiled an exciting theme for its 2019 Passion for Fashion event. Scheduled for 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life), this annual celebration of Cheyenne River's young women will encourage attendees to "Remember Your Roots & Embrace Your Culture." 

"We chose this theme because we want our young people to know that they can always turn to our heritage, our ancestors, our stories, and our Lakota values as they face different issues in their lives," says Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "They can lean on their culture as they embrace their own identities and stories, and envision a future in which they thrive."

When they attend Passion for Fashion, teens will have the opportunity to explore Lakota star knowledge, traditional Lakota stories, and motivational Lakota words and sayings. They also will learn other tribes' creation stories, helping them feel a sense of connection with the rest of Indian Country.

Click here to learn more about how you can help, or click the link below to make an online contribution. Pilamayeye.

Cheyenne River Youth Project - Christmas 2018
Cheyenne River Youth Project - Christmas 2018

CRYP Releases Special Video to Share the Magic from This Year's Toy Drive 

As many of you may already be aware, the Cheyenne River Youth Project broke a record this past holiday season: We were able to bring Santa Claus to more than 1,700 children across South Dakota's remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. 

This herculean task was made possible through the support of the St. Louis Chapter of CRYP, Colorado Chapter of CRYP, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation, Square, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, Gitlin Family Foundation, Toys for Tots, the Rapid City Woodworkers Association and a broad range of additional nonprofit partners, businesses, schools and individuals across the country. 

We're so deeply grateful to each and every person who joined with us to make this Christmas miracle come true. We couldn't have done it without you.

Masquerade Ball & Community Dinner Scheduled for Feb. 22 

In partnership with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's Indian Child Welfare program, CRYP will host a Masquerade Ball & Community Dinner at its Eagle Butte campus on Friday, Feb. 22. Scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life), this special event is open free to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Upon arrival, attendees will be able to play a variety of games in the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium, including musical chairs, fish pond and cake walk. Then, following a traditional Lakota blessing, they will enjoy a hearty meal of sloppy Joes, hot dogs, salad, chips and cake. CRYP staff will be awarding prizes as well.

"February is always a big month for us, as we prepare to host Passion for Fashion for our teens," says Jerica Widow, CRYP's youth programs director. "This year, we wanted to give children of all ages an opportunity to dress up in formal or semiformal attire and attend a special event designed just for them. Like Passion for Fashion, it's a chance to enjoy a night out with friends and family members, celebrate their own unique styles and personalities, and make valuable memories together."

Lori High Elk Leads Weekly Talking Circle for Teen Girls at Cokata Wiconi

CRYP has announced that Lori High Elk is leading a "Wachinkichiya Circle" - a young women's talking circle - every week at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) in Eagle Butte. Scheduled for 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, the talking circle is open free to young women ages 13-18.

The talking circle is a safe space where teens can learn to trust and depend on one another. High Elk will lead the young people in discussing a variety of topics that concern them.

"I recently heard the saying, 'Each time women gather in circles with each other, the world heals a little more,'" explains Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We share our ideas, tell our stories, and strengthen the connection we have to each other, our community and our Lakota culture. This is tremendously empowering, and we want to share that with our Cheyenne River youth." 

CRYP Adds Alternative Sport Thursdays to its Ongoing Wellness Programming

Due to the ongoing popularity of its Wellness Wednesdays among local youth, CRYP has added a new installment to that program as well as an all-new initiative on Thursdays. Wellness Wednesdays: Weightlifting started on Feb. 6 in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) fitness center, and Alternative Sport Thursdays: Dodgeball kicked off on Jan. 31 in the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium.

Open free to 13- to 18-year-olds, these wellness programs give young people the opportunity to explore different types of fitness activities. Currently, while the teens work out on the fitness equipment under the direction of youth programs assistants Wendell Nezzie II and Anthony Potter, CRYP also hosts 4- to 12-year-olds for Wellness Wednesdays: Gymnastics in the gymnasium.

Nezzie and Potter turn the gym over to the teens the next day for Alternative Sport Thursdays. Dodgeball will run through February; March is volleyball, April is soccer, May is kickball and June is badminton.

"We actually started dodgeball a week early, because the kids were so excited," says Jerica Widow, CRYP's youth programs director. "During the winter months, young people are indoors far too much. We want to give them a variety of ways to engage in physical activity while they're also exploring their interests."

The Main's Garden Club Kicks Off 
Winter-Spring Session

It might be the middle of winter, but that doesn't mean the Cheyenne River Youth Project's Garden Club is hibernating. To the contrary, the nonprofit organization's Garden Club starts its winter-spring session at 4:30 p.m. today; open to the 4- to 12-year-olds who attend programming at The Main youth center, this session of Garden Club will run every Monday for eight weeks, concluding on Apr. 2.

In this session, the children will prepare seed pots and plant bush beans and lettuce. Under the direction of Youth Programs Assistant Floyd Braun, they'll learn to place grow lights and will be responsible for watering their seeds weekly; on Feb. 25, they'll assess the seedlings' growth and feed the fledging plants. 

They'll continue monitoring growth in March, trimming and fertilizing the plants as needed. Harvest time is scheduled for Mar. 25, and on Apr. 2, the young students will conclude the winter-spring Garden Club session with a special class that will teach them how to dry lavender.

February Hall of Fame:
Blue White Horse 

CRYP has been active in the community for more than 30 years, which means we're well into our second generation of kids. The thrill of welcoming our community's younger children hasn't worn off, however; we're always delighted when they find us.

Blue White Horse, 11, learned about The Main through his older brothers and sister. Because they are now teenagers, they attend programs at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life); so Blue decided to head next door to check out The Main, our youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds. 

Blue (pictured above, in red) has been coming to The Main for about a year now. For him, the biggest draws are the always-changing daily activities, and the "open gym" hours at Cokata Wiconi. 

"I like all the activities at The Main, and hanging out in the teen center's gym," he says. "It's fun to go over there for free play."

He's learning some valuable lessons at the youth center, as well. 

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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