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Keya Gift Shop Online: JULY 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
New RedCan 2019 Teaser & Live Performances
RedCan 2019 Sees Record-Breaking Attendance
BBC World Service Features CRYP
AmazonSmile Donations Exceed $1,100
Kids Enjoy Sensory Night at The Main
Hall of Fame: A'Leigh RedDog
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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.


To commemorate this year's record-breaking RedCan invitational graffiti jam, our RedCan 2019 T-shirts will be available for 15% off through July 31! Visit our online store and click "RedCan" and "Clothing" to access sale items.

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!
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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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July 2019 News
Our RedCan 2019 Mini Documentary is Here - Check it Out!

RedCan 2019 Indian Country Invitational Graffiti Jam
RedCan 2019 invitational graffiti jam in Eagle Butte, SD.

All of us here at CRYP are excited to share our RedCan 2019 mini-documentary! Special thanks to the artists who made this year such a resounding success, as well as our valued partners: All Day Supply, ArtPlace America, the Bush Foundation, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Dope Paint, First Peoples Fund/Rolling Rez Arts, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, Partnership With Native Americans, the Santa Fe Tobacco Company, and countless individuals across the country and even around the world.

Our heartfelt thanks also goes out to SWAMP-IN and Ursuline College. Without your volunteer service, RedCan 2019 would not have been possible.

We have a favor to ask: 

If RedCan has touched your life in some way, please take a moment to fill out our RedCan Graffiti Jam 5-Year Impact Survey.

Not only will you be helping us make RedCan even better as we move  forward, you'll be entered to win a prize! We'll draw winners' names on Monday, Aug. 12.

RedCan 2019 Sees Record-Breaking Attendance 

It's official: This year's RedCan invitational graffiti jam was one for the record books. Nearly 1,600 people attended RedCan 2019 on June 19-22 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, and CRYP has commemorated this fifth annual Indian Country event in a special seven-minute documentary film.

Nearly 700 people engaged with the large-scale murals taking shape throughout the city of Eagle Butte on June 19-20, arriving in cars and on foot to watch the artists work. The artists each mentored a local youth during the mural painting, and some also collaborated with local Lakota artists to produce their masterpieces.

In addition, more than 650 people participated in RedCan's scheduled art activities, which took place in the Dairy Queen parking lot on June 19-20 and in CRYP's free, public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park on June 21-22. And a whopping 87 percent of those fledgling artists were young people.

According to CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau, RedCan has come a long way since its inception. It started small, she says, and it took time to gain traction. Read more here! And to see more photos from 2019 and previous years, check out our online photo galleries.

CRYP Staff Enjoyed "Appreciation Day" in the Wake of RedCan  

On July 5, CRYP closed its doors for a very special occasion. In the wake of the wildly successful 5th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam, the grassroots, nonprofit youth organization hosted Staff Appreciation Day.

"We want to take a day to recognize our staff members who are here, day in and day out, dedicated to this organization and the people they serve," says Meghan Tompkins, CRYP's deputy director. "They work long hours, they work nights and weekends, and they take their work home with them-often sacrificing their own family time when duty calls."

"They build meaningful, lasting relationships with Cheyenne River's children and families, relationships that will last a lifetime," she continues. "They're constantly researching new ways to engage the kids and ensure they have access to the innovative, culturally relevant programming they deserve and opportunities that wouldn't otherwise be available to them."

Lakota Youth Will Visit Wind Cave Twice This Summer, Thanks to Travel Grant 

Hopa Mountain, in partnership with the National Park Service, has announced that the Cheyenne River Youth Project is a 2019 awardee of the Connecting with our Homelands travel grant. The grassroots, nonprofit youth organization is one of 21 indigenous organizations, schools and nonprofits that have earned travel funds for trips to national park unites across 12 U.S. states and territories.

With this grant, CRYP was able to take Cheyenne River Lakota youth to Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs, South Dakota, on July 11-12 and will make a second trip on August 15-16. Staff members also have invited Lakota elders to speak with the young people and tell them the Lakota creation story.

For these young people, that emergence story will come to life at Wind Cave, which is currently recognized as the densest cave system in the world and one of the longest in the world as well, with nearly 150 miles of explored passageways to date. The national park also includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.

Our Annual School Supplies Distribution is Scheduled for Aug. 2

CRYP is now accepting in-kind donations for its 2019 School Supplies Drive. The official distribution is scheduled to take place at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, and all members of CRYP's Family Services program may participate with their children.

Families who aren't able to attend the distribution are welcome to visit Cokata Wiconi at a later date to choose their school supplies. Each year, CRYP serves more than 500 Cheyenne River children at the scheduled August distribution and in the days and weeks to follow.

"At our distribution on Aug. 2, kids of all ages will be able to choose the supplies they need for a successful school year," says Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "They can make sure they have everything on their grade lists, choose the colors and styles they like best, and have fun preparing for their first day."

For more information about needed supplies and how to make an in-kind donation, click here.

Volunteer Spotlight:

My name is Debbie Wills, I am 55, and I reside in St. Peters, Missouri, which is about 20 miles northwest of St. Louis. My volunteer service group, SWAMP-IN (Saints With A Mission Purpose-Indian Nations), was founded in 2003 with the purpose of working alongside native people-in their own communities, and under their direction. It's a service ministry organization under Affiliated International Ministries, a 501c3 organization, and associated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. 

It all began with Craig Wills, who was in the Boy Scouts 17 years ago. We learned about CRYP through a woman named Joyce Smith, who participated in the youth project's annual Christmas Toy Drive, and decided to deliver school supplies and hygiene products to CRYP for Craig's Eagle Scout project. Executive Julie Garreau and her mother, Iyonne, invited us to return to Eagle Butte and volunteer. So, in 2004, our first team of 19 people came to work at The Main, CRYP's youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds. 

During our first few years, we did whatever was needed. We worked in the garden, and we helped staff and long-term volunteers with children's activities and community events. We were just one team of 10 or more people coming to share our time, talents and treasures working within the structure of CRYP. 

Those were the years before Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life), which opened for dedicated teen programming in 2006. In 2008, we jumped from one team to three...

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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