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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 Releases Passion for Fashion Video, Encourages Post-Prom Donations
Last Day to Support $10K Matching Grant
Three Grant Awards Will Support CRYP Arts Programming
New Digital Media Workshops for Youth
March Hall of Fame: Elsie DuBray
Order "Home" and Support CRYP
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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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March 2018 News
CRYP Releases New "Empower Your Inner Lakota Wonder Woman" Video   
Sixty young Lakota women attended CRYP's 2018 Passion for Fashion event on Saturday, Mar. 10, embracing the "Empower Your Inner Lakota Wonder Woman" theme and making priceless memories with family members and friends.

CRYP staff anticipate that another 40 to 50 teens will make appointments to visit Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) to get all their 2018 prom essentials prior to the big night at Cheyenne River's high schools. That will bring the total number of youth served to approximately 100.
For supporters with family members who recently attended their high school proms:

Please consider donating gently used dresses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories to CRYP's Passion for Fashion program!

We're already gathering supplies for our 2019 event, and we're grateful for any contributions you might be able to make.

Learn how to support Passion for Fashion here.

Spanish Class at The Main

TODAY is the Last Day to Help CRYP Meet $10K Matching Grant!   
Today, Saturday, Mar. 31, is the last day to contribute to our matching-grant fundraiser. Until 11:59 p.m., every dollar we raise up to $10,000 will be matched through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

With your help, we can raise $20,000 to support our youth programs and services here on Cheyenne River! Every dollar makes a difference, and we're deeply grateful for your friendship and support.


CRYP Receives Three Grant Awards to Support Arts Programming in 2018

CRYP has announced that three recent grant awards will support its arts programming this year. First, thanks to a $125,000, two-year grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, we will be adding additional youth programming in the areas of fine art, contemporary art and design, and traditional Lakota arts and culture.

Next, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA's first major funding announcement for this fiscal year, and included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to the Cheyenne River Youth Project. The funding will support the 2018 RedCan invitational graffiti jam, scheduled for June 28-30 here in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

And finally, to help support the groundbreaking RedCan event, CRYP has received a highly competitive $10,000 Bush Foundation Event Sponsorship. The foundation dedicates these funds to select events that inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and think differently about what's possible in their communities.

Waniyetu Wowapi Now Offers Digital Media Workshops for Youth

The Cheyenne River Youth Project is offering something new to its teens this year: digital media workshops at its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. In conjunction with Chris "Mo" Hollis and Nikki Caputo of Wingspan Media, the nonprofit youth organization is giving young people the opportunity to learn basic interviewing, video production, photography, graphic design and movie engineering.
The digital media workshops further enhance Waniyetu Wowapi's robust, multidisciplinary curriculum, which CRYP has thoughtfully designed to give young people access to an impressive array of opportunities. As they explore their passions, they're also sharing their stories, finding their own unique voices and even strengthening their connection to Lakota culture.

March Hall of Fame:
Elsie DuBray

Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member Elsie DuBray, 17, first attended a special event at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte when she was a third-grader. She thought it was so cool, she has volunteered with CRYP nearly every year since then, for the nonprofit youth organization's long-running Christmas Toy Drive and Passion for Fashion programs.
Nine years later, both are still going strong, serving young people in the local community. And DuBray, a lifelong Cheyenne River resident and senior at Timber Lake High School, has announced that she has been accepted to California's Stanford University.
"We couldn't be more proud of Elsie," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We've watched her grow into an accomplished, intelligent, generous and kind young woman, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for her."
That future seems very bright indeed. DuBray plans to earn a degree in biochemistry, with a minor in American Indian studies. These fit together in an important way; for the last couple of years, the teen has been pursuing groundbreaking research involving the health benefits of buffalo fat.


Order "Home" 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 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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