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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
It's Not to Late to Support 2016 RedCan Graffiti Jam!
CRYP is an ArtPlace America Finalist
CRYP Welcomes The Sioux Chef
Sweet Tooth for Lakota Youth Raises $1,500 & Buys a Blizzard for Nearly 170 Teens
Color Me Healthy: The May Zombie Color Run
June Hall of Fame: Kellyn Circle Eagle
Order "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" Today
We Need You This Winter: Consider Volunteering with CRYP
Quick Links


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!
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
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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 2016 News

It's Not Too Late to Support CRYP's
2016 RedCan Graffiti Jam!

There's still time to support Cheyenne River Youth Project®'s acclaimed RedCan graffiti jam, scheduled for July 6-9 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Through Crowdrise, the nonprofit youth organization seeks to raise much-needed funds to cover the costs of paint, art supplies, food and beverages, and artists' travel expenses.

Several of the headlining artists have made their own financial contributions and are sharing the Crowdrise campaign through their personal and professional networks. Four of these artists also hail from the Midwest; based in the Twin Cities, they are Biafra Inc., Cyfi, Daesk and Wundr.
These four artists will join headliners Scribe, Serval, East and Kazilla (visit "Recent News" at to view our May 2 article), local Cheyenne River artists, and youth artists of all ages for four high-energy days overflowing with art, music, culture and fellowship.
Not only will the artists be painting in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, they'll be adding their unique murals to various buildings around the city of Eagle Butte. Community members and visitors also will be able to view 20 pieces of the current art interns' work in Cokata Wiconi's classroom space, and on RedCan's final night, acclaimed native rapper Supaman will rock Waniyetu Wowapi.
"We're incredibly excited to bring RedCan back to Cheyenne River this summer," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "Here at CRYP, we've seen firsthand that art heals kids. It saves lives. It also provides the means for an incredible union of artwork, artists and cultures. It strengthens connections to cultural roots even as it breaks down walls and facilitates meaningful reconciliation and cross-cultural understanding.
"It's simply remarkable, the magic that happens here," she continued. "I think that's why so many of last year's artists are eager to return this July. RedCan's energy stays with you, and it draws you back."


CRYP is a Finalist for ArtPlace America's
National Creative Placemaking Fund   

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it is a finalist for ArtPlace America's National Creative Placemaking Fund. The nonprofit, grassroots youth organization is one of just 80 projects to be selected from a pool of nearly 1,400 applications.
In the last two years, CRYP has taken giant strides forward through its free, public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art
Youth artist in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park.
Park, its revolutionary annual RedCan graffiti jam, and its teen art internship program. It also offers an art studio and much-needed art supplies and equipment at its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center. Now, the youth project is ready for its next leap forward.

"We're expanding our arts programming and ensuring that we make optimal use of our art spaces by creating a Lakota Youth Arts Institute," explained Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "Local and off-reservation artists will teach classes, including fine art, graffiti art and traditional
Art interns at the Cokata Wiconi teen center.
Lakota art. We'll also provide training in artist entrepreneurship and business development, financial capability, and social and workforce skills.
"We're seeking to expand our internship program as well, which will give even more young people the opportunity to participate in a structured arts program and earn a $500 stipend," she continued. "We're supporting a creative economy by giving youth critical skills that will empower them to create art and become entrepreneurial, civic-minded adults with a strong ethic and vision-adults who will help end the cycle of poverty and revitalize the Lakota culture."

CRYP Welcomes The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, on June 10
On Friday, June 10, CRYP welcomed "The Sioux Chef" Sean Sherman to its Eagle Butte campus. The chef spent the day at CRYP courtesy of the nonprofit, grassroots youth project's "Learning to Eat Like Our Ancestors" initiative.
In the morning, Sherman led an entrepreneurism workshop, which was open to CRYP's teen interns as well as to members of the local community. In the afternoon, he hosted a cooking class with sampling for attendees. This offering also was available to teen interns and community members.
In the entrepreneurism workshop, Sherman discussed how to start a restaurant or catering company. Topics included developing a business plan, menu testing, hiring essential help, creating a marketing plan, generating startup capital, writing employee materials, keeping an eye on labor and food costs, and how to address the inevitable bumps in the road.
In the cooking class, the chef talked about applying traditional Native American techniques and knowledge, and participants will gain hands-on experience with traditional foods-including bison-and practice recipes. Topics for discussion include Sherman's ethnobotanical and anthropological research and how to use traditional techniques in modern cooking. Learn more about the Sioux Chef's visit here!

"Sweet Tooth for Lakota Youth" Raises $1,500 for CRYP - and Buys a Blizzard for Nearly 170 Midnight Basketball Teens!    

For the seventh year in a row, the local Dairy Queen in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted its popular "Sweet Tooth for Lakota Youth" fundraising event to benefit the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. From Sunday, June 5 to Saturday, June 11, $1 of every malt, shake, Blizzard and Orange Julius purchase was donated to CRYP.

The event was a resounding success. Not only did it raise $1,500 to support youth programming and services at CRYP, the fundraiser brought in enough money to buy a Blizzard for nearly 170 participants of Midnight Basketball.

"We wanted to buy our teen participants each a Blizzard to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Midnight Basketball," said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director. "It's an important milestone for us, and we were thrilled to receive so much support-from our local community, and from around the country thanks to GoFundMe."

Learn more about this year's Sweet Tooth for Lakota Youth fundraiser and the 20th anniversary of Midnight Basketball here.

Color Me... Healthy!

The CRYP staff is constantly coming up with innovative, edgy ways to foster wellness among Cheyenne River's children and teens. A perfect example: the Zombie Color Run on Saturday, May 28!

June CRYP Hall of Fame: 
Kellyn Circle Eagle    

Through CRYP's teen internship programs, we're able to engage young people with a variety of interests. Some teens want to work in our organic Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden. Others wish to learn to make gourmet coffees and prepare handcrafted entrees with farm-to-table ingredients in our Keya (Turtle) Cafe, or sell CRYP's wares through our Keya Gift Shop and seasonal Leading Lady Farmers Market. Still others can't wait to develop their skills in the arts, or become wellness mentors for their peers.

Then there are the teens who feel drawn to all of it. Kellyn Circle Eagle, 16, is one of those bright lights. Not only has Kellyn completed internships in art, wellness and social enterprise, she's now a regular summer employee in the Keya Cafe.

The soon-to-be high school junior first started attending CRYP programs as an eighth-grader. She says she was excited to go to the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center due to the many opportunities it offered, from regular youth programming to the impressive menu of available internships for willing teens.

"I enjoyed Midnight Basketball and open gym," she reflects. "They kept me occupied and doing positive things. The wellness internship kept me exercising and healthy; it was really fun. I also completed the art internship, because I always like art and want to continue learning. And the Keya Cafe-it seemed fun and interesting. I loved it!"

Read more of Kellyn'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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