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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
RedCan 2018 is Almost Here!
Help Build Our New Playground
Internships in Four Tracks This Summer
Nearly 600 People Attend Performing Art Series This Spring
$1,500 for Youth Programming from DQ Fundraiser!
Hall of Fame: Oliver Miner
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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

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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June 2018 News

RedCan 2018: Frank Waln, Mylo Smith Jr., Dances With Words & So Much More!

The 4th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam is just days away! Check out our new teaser trailer for this year's exciting event, scheduled for June 28-30; and click here to see the confirmed list of guest artists who will be painting in our Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at various mural sites around the City of Eagle Butte.

In addition, the nonprofit youth and community development organization will welcome award-winning Sicangu Lakota rapper Frank Waln for an outdoor concert on the Waniyetu Wowapi stage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Waln grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and attended Creighton University, where the Millennium Scholar was pursuing pre-med.  Instead, he moved to Chicago, started producing music, and today is the recipient of three Native American Music Awards. 

Then, at 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, Dances With Words will take the stage. This First Peoples Fund youth development initiative works with youth, adult mentors, high schools and nonprofit partners on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, empowering participants to become engaged students and community leaders through literary, spoken word and other art forms.

And returning to CRYP after a successful Mother's Day concert last month is Mylo Smith Jr., who will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. An enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Smith has been a comedian since 2006, when he made his debut to a crowd of 14 in Rosebud, South Dakota. Over the years, he had the opportunity to learn from his mentor, native comedian JR Redwater; travel throughout the country; and place third out of 60 in a Hollywood comedy competition.    

We're also proud to announce our partnership with Ironlak, which has generously agreed to sponsor this year's RedCan. But we still need you! Your contributions will help fund this year's invitational graffiti jam, which includes a youth art exhibition, youth art classes, artistic collaboration and mentorship between local and visiting artists, Lakota cultural exhibitions, karaoke, and so much more.

When you reach our RedCan landing page, simply scroll down, and you'll see a simple Square donation form!

Help Build the New Kaboom Playground for Cheyenne River's Kids 

CRYP and her kids are finally getting their new, designed-just-for-them, dream playground! To get there, however, WE NEED YOU. 

We need close to 200 local volunteers for our Kaboom Playground Build Week on July 26-28. Tribal program employees, community members, youth, parents, caregivers, teachers, youth workers, council members, business owners, friends and visitors - everyone is needed, regardless of age or skill level.  Join us, and help make this dream come true for our children! 

Thursday 7/26,  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Orientation for leaders 

Friday 7/27,  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Gathering supplies and issuing duties

Saturday 7/30, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Playground Build Day @ The Main
Play Day for kids ages 3-14 @ Art Park
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony @ 2:30 p.m.

Click here and fill out our volunteer sign-up survey!

CRYP Offers Teen Internships in Four Tracks This Summer

CRYP is offering teen internships in Native Wellness, Native Food Sovereignty (formerly Sustainable Agriculture), Indigenous Foods & Cooking, and Social Enterprise. Twenty-one Lakota teens are already participating, with 13 more starting on June 11. 
Altogether, CRYP will host three cohorts in Native Wellness, three cohorts in Native Food Sovereignty, five cohorts in Indigenous Foods & Cooking, and five cohorts in Social Enterprise. 

Through these innovative internships, Lakota youth learn job and life skills that will serve them well all their lives while also gaining significant hands-on experience - not only as employees, but also as creators, mentors, and youth leaders.  

"In 2013, the first year of the teen internship program, we graduated 10 interns," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "At the end of last year, our teens had completed nearly 500 internships, and we're excited to see that interest continues to grow."

Nearly 600 Community Members Attended CRYP's Performing Art Series 

CRYP's Spring Performing Art Series came to a close on May 25, when it welcomed Prolific the Rapper, Gunner Jules and Let It Bee and a crowd of nearly 150 people to its free, public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park for a special community concert (many of whom stayed afterward to visit with the performers... see above!). Nearly 600 people attended CRYP's outdoor performing arts events throughout the April and May series.

The holiday weekend performance was held in conjunction with CRYP's annual Midnight Basketball summer kickoff, which attracted 70 teens for an evening of sports, friends and fun. The youth project also hosted an honoring for 2018 high school graduates, and an informal Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) welcoming for the 13-year-olds who are now able to participate in the teen center's programming for the first time.

"The energy was so upbeat, and we were fortunate to have perfect weather for an outdoor concert," said Jerica Widow, CRYP's youth programs director. "We received a lot of thank-yous."

The event attracted community members of all ages, and Widow said she had parents and elders approach her with their feedback.  "'A mother said, 'Thanks for giving me another reason to come visit my family (on Cheyenne River),'" she recalled. "And an elder told me, 'I wish I'd come to the other gatherings; it's beautiful out here.'"

"Sweet Tooth for Youth" Raises $1,500 to Support Youth Programming  

Thank you, Cheyenne River! Together, we raised $1,500 in this year's "Sweet Tooth for Youth" fundraiser to support our youth programming.

We're grateful to the Lonnie and Jackie Heier and the Eagle Butte Dairy Queen for partnering with us again this year, and to Biafra Inc. and Wundr for the fantastic new mural in the drive-thru!

PS: Fans of these two talented Minneapolis-based artists won't want to miss RedCan next week. They're returning for the fourth time, and we can't wait to welcome them home again!

CRYP Hall of Fame:
Oliver Miner

On May 24, Oliver Miner was selected by the chairperson of the Dewey County Democrats to be a delegate for the upcoming 2018 South Dakota Democratic Party Convention. He will be turning 18 years old on the day of the election, which will make him the youngest county delegate.

We couldn't possibly be more proud of Ollie, who is a longtime participant in our teen internship program and who recently traveled to Washington, D.C. through our "Growing Into Wowachinyepi" initiative.
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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