FROM THE CRYP ARCHIVES: A few years ago, we produced this short piece to tell the story of our "Little Nonprofit That Did." While the Cheyenne River Youth Project continues to grow and evolve, it remains the same at heart — and always true to its roots.
Life on the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation has always been challenging. The Covid-19 pandemic this year made it even harder, profoundly disrupting daily life for all of us. Especially for our children.

Remaining a steadfast presence in their lives is like keeping a sacred promise.

With your support, we were able to do more
than we ever anticipated:

• Transformed our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) gymnasium into a safe, socially distanced Learning Center

• Guided 146 teens through their 2020 internships in Art, Native Wellness, Native Food Sovereignty, Social Enterprise, and Indigenous Cooking — utilizing both in-person and remote learning opportunities

• Graduated our first two Lakota Art Fellows

• Hosted socially distanced Art Camps for face-mask sewing, soap-making, natural medicines, storytelling & beading, and moccasin-making

• Planted and cared for our Winyan Toka Win Owozú (Leading Lady Garden), and harvested more than 10,000 pounds of produce

• Kept our Keya (Turtle) Cafe & Coffeeshop open, producing takeout meals for the public, and free daily sack meals for our kids

• Broadcast the 6th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam live, from eight cities across the United States

• "Renovated" and expanded our Keya Gift Shop E-Store, one of our three signature social enterprises, to include even more unique items and a more user-friendly shopping experience

• Launched a new Family Services system on our website that allows families to apply, renew applications, and submit "Dear Santa" letters entirely online

• Provided school supplies for 572 children in 211 local families

• Provided fresh produce for 244, 267 and 175 families, respectively, in September, October, and November

• Served more than 150 people in the 8th annual Harvest Festival Dinner on Oct. 8, which was a drive-thru, curbside event for the first time in its history

• Brought holiday fun to 181 children through our first "Halloween Grab n' Go" event

• Served 175 people in the annual "Thanks for Kids" dinner on Nov. 19

• Provided 153 and 185 holiday meal boxes to the community on Nov. 20 and Dec. 22, respectively

Together with our donors and partners, we found so many new ways to continue pursuing our ongoing mission — one step at a time, and as safely as possible. A lot has changed this year, but CRYP has not. At its heart, our "Little Nonprofit That Did" remains the same.
This holiday season, we'd like to share the many ways you can help support the Cheyenne River Youth Project as we forge ahead into 2021.

Through our website, you can make a financial contribution through our secure Square form (which also allows you to earmark funds for specific programs) or via PayPal. We also have an option for making in-kind donations. When you fill out the in-kind form online, we receive notification, and you can use the document for tax purposes.

When you make a purchase in our Keya Gift Shop online, you're doing more than supporting CRYP through one of our vibrant social enterprises. You're also supporting a real-life classroom for our teen interns, and you're supporting our local Lakota artistic community.

You also may give your time. Our volunteers have been part of the CRYP family since we opened our doors more than 32 years ago, and we would love to have you join us. While the ongoing Covid pandemic does present sizable challenges, we have extensive protocols in place for those who wish to live and work on our campus.

One of the most powerful things you can do for CRYP doesn't cost a thing — share our website within your own networks, and help us spread the word!

To that end, we also encourage you to be part of our active and growing Facebook community, and invite your friends to do the same! (You also can find us on Instagram and Twitter).

CRYP is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extend the law allows. If you make your contribution prior to midnight on Thursday, Dec. 31, you'll receive credit for the 2020 tax year.

Words cannot adequately express our gratitude for your friendship and support. The need across the country, and indeed across the world, is so great right now. We're honored and humbled that you would choose us. Together, we will continue to make a real difference in the lives of our children, their families, and the entire Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.

Thank You.
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.
RedCan T-shirts and mug sets!
What if CRYP earned a donation every time you searched the Internet or made an online purchase?

At the link below, you'll find out how you can support our nonprofit, grassroots youth organization through:

Capital One

It's easy to set up, and with every purchase, a percentage will benefit CRYP.

CRYP is always looking for sponsors to support art and athletic enrichment activities for our after-school and summer programs. We're deeply grateful for both monetary and in-kind donations; at the link below, you'll also find details about planned giving, our endowment fund, and a GoFundMe charity that benefits CRYP.

CRYP relies on in-kind donations as well as funding to continue our mission in the Cheyenne River community. 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 list. 

You also may contact us at (605) 964-8200 if you'd like a copy of our most up-to-date list, as well as and price quotes for particular needs. Thank you for your support!
Main Birthday Party 1
Each month, we host a birthday party for children at The Main whose birthdays fall during that month. To offset the cost of each party, CRYP seeks monthly sponsors to contribute $40 for the birthday cake. Although we cannot host our parties currently due to the Covid crisis, we are maintaining our birthday party fund for when our kids can come back. Please click here, select "The Main" for your gift, and mention "Birthday Cake" in the notes. Philámayeye!
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 social media.
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. Visit us at