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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
A Sneak Peek at RedCan 2017
Purchase RedCan Gifts Online
Julie Garreau Featured on NWAF Blog
CRYP and CNAY Join Forces on "Champions for Change" Pilot Project
July Hall of Fame: Jason White Horse
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. 


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
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
Three girls

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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July 2017 News
A Sneak Peek at RedCan 2017!    

CRYP's 3rd annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam brought hundreds of Cheyenne River community members and guests into our Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and to 11 stunning mural sites around the city of Eagle Butte. There, they engaged with the 13 headline artists, telling stories and exchanging ideas and techniques... and children of all ages were among them.

Young people are the beating heart of RedCan, which offers a wide variety of arts-related activities for 4- to 12-year-olds throughout the three-day event. The younger kids painted skateboards and participated in arts and crafts, while teens worked with mentors to sketch new designs and bring them to life around Waniyetu Wowapi.

It's hard to find the words to describe RedCan, which is more than an graffiti and street art festival. It's a celebration of creativity, empowerment, fellowship and community, one that profoundly changes all who come into contact with it.
That's why we're working hard to complete our RedCan 2017 documentary, which will be released shortly. Stay tuned for details, and in the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek:

Purchase RedCan 2017 T-Shirts 
and Keya Gift Shop Items Online!
Our RedCan 2017 T-Shirts are still available for $23 apiece, and you can purchase them online through our CRYP website! You also can buy RedCan posters, coffee and mugs.

All products include shipping within the domestic United States. If you are an international customer, please contact us at (605) 964-8200 so we can determine accurate shipping. Mobile users, if you're viewing this with your phone or a small tablet, please scroll down to view shopping cart and check out.

The Keya Gift Shop is an important social enterprise initiative for our youth project - all proceeds benefit CRYP programming and services.

CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau Talks Social Enterprise on NWAF Blog

Recently, the Northwest Area Foundation shared a three-part blog series featuring three of its social enterprise grantees. In Part 2, the organization interviewed our own executive director, Julie Garreau, who discussed CRYP's three social enterprises, the impact these initiatives have on Cheyenne River's young people, and any lessons learned CRYP could share with similar nonprofit groups.

In the blog Q&A, Garreau says:
"Our social enterprise initiatives, in particular, create important opportunities for our young people to develop vital job and life skills, allowing them to pursue employment and overcome the challenges that poverty presents. Our social enterprise initiatives--the Keya Cafe, Keya Gift Shop, and Leading Lady Farmers Market--are a direct result of listening to our young people, who have been very clear about what they want from us. Our youth understand that their lives, challenged by poverty, could be different. They understand there is more to life than the daily struggles that poverty presents. And they understand that CRYP is a vital support system."
Read more here!

Power of Four teens in DC
CRYP teen leaders on a 2012 trip to Washington, D.C.

CRYP and CNAY Join Forces on "Champions for Change" Pilot Project
CRYP is joining forces with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute to create an exciting one-year youth pilot project on South Dakota's Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Modeled on CNAY's national "Champions for Change" program, this local initiative will be designed to recognize youth leaders within the community, and to elevate and support the voices and priorities of those young people.
"Far too often, because of their circumstances and where they come from, our youth are put into a box," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "They believe this is who they are, and who they will become. But we imagine them out of that box, we give them the tools to break down those walls, and we help them see what they can do, what's possible, what's attainable.
"This partnership with CNAY means a great deal to us," she continued. "It's a natural extension of what CRYP has been doing for nearly 30 years... providing our kids with options, opportunities, and ultimately access to a healthier, more vibrant future."
Jason White Horse in the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park during RedCan this month.

July Hall of Fame:
Jason White Horse

Cheyenne River's young people immersed themselves in art during CRYP's RedCan invitational graffiti jam this year. From the First Peoples' Fund's Rolling Rez Arts activities to the many ready-and-waiting walls in the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, teens and littles alike expressed themselves creatively and energetically.

CRYP's art interns were busy too. With the support of guest artists and instructors, they sketched their ideas and then hit the park, refining their color choices and styling, and practicing that elusive skill called can control. Jason White Horse was among them.

Sixteen-year-old Jason started painting roughly two years ago, and now he's going through his second art internship in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute. According to Tammy Granados, youth programs director, the internship has been valuable for this polite, attentive teen on more than one level-as his artistic skills have grown, so have his life skills.
Read more of his story here!


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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