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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
CRYP's RedCan Graffiti Jam is About So Much More Than Art
Teen Interns Host Public Art Exhibition
Scape Martinez Leads Summer Graffiti Art Education Camp
July Hall of Fame: Lisa Littleton
Order "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" Today
We Need You This Winter: Consider Volunteering with 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!
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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

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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July 2016 News

CRYP's RedCan Graffiti Jam is About
So Much More Than Art

Earlier this month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® hosted its 2nd annual RedCan graffiti jam, and by all accounts, the second incarnation was even more successful than the first. If last year's inaugural RedCan was all about introducing the Lakota and graffiti art communities to each other, then this year was about taking the entire experience to the next level.
"You could feel the energy in town," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "Everyone knew what RedCan was about, and the atmosphere was buzzing."

New headliners included Scribe from Kansas City, Missouri; Serval from Switzerland; Cyfi from Minnesota's Twin Cities; and ER from Austin, Texas. Returning for a second year were East, from Denver; Kazilla, from Miami; and Biafra Inc., Daesk and Wundr, all from the Twin Cities.
Native artists joined the visiting artists in the art park and around town. Focus and Rehst, both members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, traveled to Eagle Butte from Rapid City, while Leland Benoist and Annie Chasing Hawk call the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation home. (In an interesting footnote, two of the headlining guest artists also have native roots: East has Cherokee heritage, and Cyfi has Yaqui heritage.)
"Being able to paint with the likes of Serval and East, artists I grew up admiring, was a highlight for me," Focus said.
And the creativity unleashed in Eagle Butte was simply astounding.

Biafra Inc., who also serves as a guest instructor in CRYP's art internship program, adds onto the Main Street mural he started last summer. 

This was Cyfi's first RedCan experience. Deeply influenced by his native and Mexican American heritage, Cyfi now lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Daesk, a returning RedCan artist and lead instructor for CRYP's teen art internship program, brings the seven Lakota values to life in his own unique way.

The artist known as ER is a familiar presence in the Austin, Texas, street art scene. This was his first RedCan appearance.

A native of New Mexico, Kazilla lives and works in Little Haiti, Miami, where she has become one of the region's top street artists. This was her second year as a RedCan headliner.

Kansas City, Missouri-based Scribe is renowned for his public murals and gallery shows across North America. This was his first RedCan experience.

First-time RedCan headliner Serval, who came to Eagle Butte from Switzerland, collaborated with Denver-based returning headliner East on "Lakota Oyate."

Biafra, Scribe and Wundr volunteered their time at the Rolling Rez Art Bus in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, allowing young people to express themselves in a variety of creative ways. Pictured here: skateboard painting!

"For indigenous peoples, art and culture are inseparable, and art is not an individual pursuit; rather, it taps into something more meaningful within our indigenous communities," Garreau wrote in the Americans for the Arts' ArtsBlog. "At the Cheyenne River Youth Project, we changed the hearts and minds of the Lakota Nation when we opened our Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park and launched our revolutionary RedCan graffiti jam, a first in Indian country. The enthusiasm we saw in our community convinced us we were onto something. It was the inspiration we needed to create teen art internships, ongoing arts programming and our 2nd annual RedCan event."

"We're creating spaces, literally and figuratively, so others may have a voice," she continued. "We're giving our young people a safe place to explore their identities and share their stories, just as Lakota people have done for generations... I think everyone senses the importance of re-establishing and strengthening connections to traditions, stories, values and authentic culture identity. As I wrote in the art blog, RedCan is about more than art, because life is art. We must give our young people as many opportunities as possible to explore their identities and share their truths, from their own deeply personal struggles to their nation's experiences with conflict. That's the only way to give them the vibrant, more secure future they so richly deserve." (Read more about this year's RedCan here.)
RedCan headliners had an opportunity to view teen artwork at the opening reception for the Teen Art Internship Cohort II & III Exhibition, on the eve of RedCan.
Teen Art Interns Unveiled Formal Art Exhibition During RedCan    

On July 6-9, during the 2nd annual RedCan graffiti jam, CRYP's second and third cohorts of teen art interns hosted a formal public exhibition of their work in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center's classroom. The youth project invited the interns' families to attend a special opening reception and honoring ceremony at Cokata Wiconi on the Wednesday evening.

Guests were able to view the teens' framed artwork and enjoy refreshments while mingling with youth project staff and visiting artists. Also on hand: Peyton Scott Russell from Minnesota's Twin Cities, a returning RedCan artist and the lead instructor for CRYP's innovative, 18-month-old art internship program, as well as guest instructors Biafra and Wundr, and the other headlining RedCan artists.

This comprehensive internship program gives Cheyenne River teens the opportunity to build their skills in a variety of artistic disciplines, including traditional art, graffiti art, and street art.

Cheyenne River Youth Participate in Summer Graffiti Art Education Camp
Acclaimed San Jose, California-based artist and writer Scape Martinez led a summer graffiti art education camp at CRYP's Eagle Butte campus from Monday, June 27 to Thursday, June 30. Martinez chose the theme "Creativity is Contagious" for the four-day, hands-on, intensive multimedia and graffiti art camp, which was open to all teens.
The camp began with the basic principles of graffiti art-letters, names, words and their modification. Through lessons and prompts, Martinez encouraged the students to explore their own identities and creativity in a safe, supportive environment, and the teens had the opportunity to discuss their work, exchange ideas and offer respectful, reassuring critiques.
"This was an important opportunity for our teen interns to take their arts education and skills to the next level," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "Each intensive session was five hours long, and participants received a rigorous arts education in a truly salon-style environment. They took part in group discussion, research and critique, which are all important parts of the process for art students and working artists."

July CRYP Hall of Fame: 
Lisa Littleton     

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project first launched its innovative teen internship programs in 2014, its primary goal was to give Cheyenne River's young people new opportunities to learn job and life skills that would serve them well into adulthood. That goal is now being realized, as some of their more experienced interns are entering the workforce with talent, ability and enthusiasm.

Lisa Littleton, 18, started attending CRYP's programs in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, when she was a young child. Three years ago, she decided to tackle the first-ever Sustainable Agriculture internship. She served as a intern for three years, becoming intimately familiar with the youth project's 2-acre Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden.

Then she heard CRYP needed a staff gardener for summer 2016. Lisa says it was an easy decision to apply for the job.

"I love being involved in work and activities," she explains, "and I think CRYP is a special place, because they have so many programs to get our youth more involved in our community."

Learn more about Lisa's story here!

Order "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" Today!
"Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" is a unique coffeetable book. Not only does it share the Cheyenne River reservation's landscapes, flora and fauna, communities, traditions and residents to a larger audience, it also incorporates thought-provoking poems, essays and memories from local young people.
Best of all, 100 percent of the proceeds from book sales benefit the 27-year-old, not-for-profit Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte.
To order books, click here .

Be sure to also click "See all 3 formats and editions" and then the arrow next to "hardcover" - three versions are available, from 8x10 to 11x13, in hardcover and paperback. To order more than 10 copies, please contact the creative team at, as discounts may be available for large orders.
For more details about the project, and to order fine-art prints (100% of proceeds also benefit CRYP), visit and click "Photography."

Volunteer Positions Available Now

Most people may not be aware that CRYP relies heavily on volunteers to keep its doors open, its programs running, and its services flowing to the Cheyenne River community. While we do expect to welcome volunteers to our Eagle Butte campus once summer arrives, we continue to face a critical volunteer shortage during the spring months.

Please learn more about our volunteer program, and how to apply, here!

The youth project welcomes individuals and groups for short- and long-term stays.
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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