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Keya Gift Shop Online: JUNE 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 T-Shirts Now Available
BBC World Service Features CRYP
AmazonSmile Donations Exceed $1,100
Kids Enjoy Sensory Night at The Main
Keya Cafe Goes Plastics-Free!
Teen Interns Assist in Winyan Toka Win Garden
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 our 5th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam on June 19-22, our 2015-2018 RedCan merchandise (except books) will remain 50% off through June 30! 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!
Main Birthday Party 1
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
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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June 2019 News
RedCan Starts Wednesday: 
Check Out Our Newest 2019 Teaser!

East RedCan 2019
Returning RedCan artist (and frequent guest art instructor) East talks about this unique event.

RedCan 2019 will feature acclaimed returning artists East, Wundr, Ryoe, Cyfi, Sadat, Scape, Dwayno Insano, Siamese, Hoka, Biafra, Tuke and DeKae. All artists will be painting at select mural sites around Eagle Butte on June 19-20 and then in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park on June 21-22.

Don't miss the live performances we have scheduled for the two days of painting in the park, from the Lakota Dance Exhibition and DJ Micah during the daytime hours to Gunner Jules, Let It Bee and the Sampson Bros. in the evenings! We also have an exciting lineup of youth activities for all four days.

Visit the dedicated RedCan section of our website to meet our artists and special guests, and please consider making a contribution to help us make RedCan 2019 a reality!

Our deepest gratitude to A rtPlace America, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Bush Foundation, the Santa Fe Tobacco Company, Dope Paint, All Day Supply and countless individuals across the country-and around the world-for their support of RedCan 2019.

RedCan 2019 T-Shirts Are Now Available in the Keya Gift Shop 

CRYP's new RedCan 2019 T-shirts are now available through the Keya Gift Shop, in youth and adult sizes. As with all merchandise, proceeds benefit the youth project's ongoing programming and services.

In addition, the Keya Gift Shop's current sale has been extended to June 30: All 2015-2018 RedCan merchandise (except books) is 50% off! Click here to view options.

And, thank you for your ongoing support of CRYP's social enterprise initiatives!  Not only do gift shop revenues support CRYP, the gift shop itself is a critical piece of our teen internship program, giving our kids new opportunities to learn and gain hands-on experience.


BBC World Service Features CRYP! 

On Tuesday, June 11, the BBC World Service featured CRYP in a special piece about Lakota youth! In case you didn't have the opportunity to tune in, the BBC has made the broadcast available online. Check it out!

We were honored to host the BBC team at CRYP last fall and remain deeply grateful to them for sharing our Lakota youth's stories with a much larger audience.

AmazonSmile Donations Exceed $1,100 

CRYP has just learned that it has received $1,176.61 through AmazonSmile to date!  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

If you shop regularly with Amazon, this is an easy way to support your favorite nonprofit. To learn more, click here.

Cheyenne River Kids Enjoy Sensory Night at The Main

This past week, our 4- to 12-year-olds enjoyed a variety of sensory activities, made mermaid tail keychains, played with Legos and so much more during our special Sensory Night at The Main. 

Launched in April, the Sensory Night program allows CRYP's younger children to engage their sense of touch and experiment with different shapes and textures while the older kids enjoy outside recreational time.
Volunteers lead each Sensory Night. They set up water tables, bins with mixtures of unpopped popcorn and small toys, and containers with slime-and sets the children free to explore with their hands.

We're so grateful to our volunteers for their hard work, and for giving our kids these positive, hands-on experiences. Not only has the program helped them with their focus and concentration, it's been a lot of fun for everyone involved.

Keya Cafe Goes Plastics-Free!

The Keya (Turtle) Cafe and Coffeehouse has been a mainstay of the Cheyenne River Youth Project's social enterprise initiatives since it opened in 2013. In recent years, it also has led the charge as the nonprofit youth organization seeks to become more environmentally friendly

In today's Keya Cafe, customers will find biodegradable to-go bags and boxes, as well as biodegradable cups for both hot and cold drinks. The cafe also uses cardboard straws, and according to Deputy Director Meghan Tompkins, it also is moving away from plastic bottles this year-soon, it will only sell soft drinks in cans.

"CRYP is trying to be as eco-friendly as possible, particularly in our commercial coffeeshop and restaurant operations," Tompkins says. "If we can do it in our rural location, anyone can do it."

Teen Interns Assist Staff and Volunteers with Prepping Garden for Growing Season

Food sovereignty is very important to CRYP, and in recent weeks, we've been working hard to get our Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden ready for the growing season after a late winter and significant spring rains. Thanks to our Native Food Sovereignty Interns, volunteers galore, and our CRYP staff, we are moving! Land is tilled, beds are made, drip tape is down, and planting is under way.

Hall of Fame:
A'Leigh RedDog

One of our greatest joys at CRYP is witnessing a child who attended our youth programming at The Main successfully transition to our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center. A'Leigh RedDog is one such success story: She first started coming to The Main at age 7, and now at 15, she is a regular in our Social Enterprise Internship Program.

"I realized I wanted to be part of the internship program when people told me about it," A'Leigh says. "The most appealing thing to me was being able to work in a real business."

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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Cheyenne River Youth Project