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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
Last Chance to Support Passion for Fashion!
Kids Learn to Grow Their Own Food
CRYP Hosts Cooking Classes for Youth
HELP WANTED: Garden Manager, Office Manager
March Hall of Fame: Genevieve Iron Lightning
Order "Home" and Support 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. 


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
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
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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March 2017 News

Each P4F event is unique. In 2012, for example, our girls enjoyed their own version of Fashion Week.

Last Chance: Please Support Our 2017 Passion for Fashion Event!

This Saturday, up to 100 teenage girls will converge on CRYP's Cokata Wiconi teen center for a day of pampering, glamour, friendship and bonding. Our annual Passion for Fashion event helps make the prom, an American rite of passage, as special as these girls deserve; it also lifts them up as it strengthens their positive self-image, their confidence, and their connections to friends and family members.

And it's not to late to be part of it! Please consider making a contribution today, and CRYP staff members will use the funds to purchase any last-minute items needed for this magical one-day experience. Your generous support will help give these young Lakota women memories that will last a lifetime... and let them know how special, and deeply treasured, they truly are.

We offer our heartfelt thanks for your friendship and support. Pilamaye (Thank You)!

Kids Learn to Grow Their Own Food in The Main's Garden Club         

Winter doesn't stop the Cheyenne River Youth Project. Although the growing season is still weeks away, staff members are already engaging children with the concepts of sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty.
Last month, CRYP kicked off a new session of its Garden Club, inviting 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center to learn more about gardening and healthy eating. From 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 1, these children are working on creating their own indoor gardens, with classes scheduled both in The Main's kitchen and in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center's classroom.
Garden Club is divided into two groups. The children in the first group are responsible for painting their planters, filling the planters with soil, adding the seeds, watering regularly and, once the seeds have sprouted, maintaining the indoor gardens until the herbs are ready. Then, the young gardeners will harvest their herbs and learn how to incorporate them into homemade pizza sauce.

Children in the second group are growing bush peas in pots. They have painted their pots, filled them with soil, and added the seeds; as the little plants grow, the young gardeners will water them regularly and trellis them inside. Once the beans are ready for picking, they'll harvest them and incorporate them into dinner at The Main.

CRYP Hosts Cooking Classes for Young Children and Teens
This month, CRYP invited children of all ages to participate in cooking classes at the nonprofit organization's Eagle Butte campus. The younger children from The Main youth center were able to participate on March 10, while the teens enjoyed their special night on March 15.
In their cooking class, the 4- to 12-year-olds who participate in activities at The Main were able to create their own homemade pizzas. The older children helped make the pizza dough while the younger ones participated in a "wellness hour," then all the children finished the pizzas with their favorite ingredients and enjoyed a daily activity while the pies were in the oven. The older children served the pizza and called tables for everyone to be seated.
For the teens, youth programs assistants Wendell Nezzie and Danny Grassrope hosted their cooking class at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center. The event was open free to any area teens who wished to attend. Participants made smoothies, and chicken and vegetable stir fry with rice.

Craig Martin - Garden 2013

Garden Manager and Office Manager

CRYP is currently seeking a garden manager to be responsible for the 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden; and an office manager to assist our finance manager with administrative duties.

March Hall of Fame:
Genevieve Iron Lightning

When the Cheyenne River Youth Project designed its innovative teen internship program, it created four distinct internship areas to appeal to a diverse range of interests. Yet staff members are discovering that many teens choose to participate in all of them. Once the kids start learning, it seems, they don't want to stop.

Genevieve Iron Lightning, 16, is one of those kids. She has participated in all four internships-sustainable agriculture, social enterprise, art, and wellness-and she says she appreciates the many different skills she has acquired through those opportunities.

"In the Keya Cafe, I liked making drinks and stocking the pastries and desserts," she recalls. "The social enterprise internship taught me a lot of customer service skills, like how to address people and deal with issues.

"I also liked learning about public speaking," she says of her internship experiences at CRYP. "I'm very vocal already, so it's helpful to learn how to really draw people into what you're saying."

Order  "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" and Support CRYP!

One hundred percent of the proceeds from book sales benefit the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project.

Order books here .
For more details about the project, and to order fine-art prints (100% of proceeds also benefit CRYP), visit and click "Photography."
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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