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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
Support CRYP's Passion for Fashion!
P4F Keynote Speaker: Darrell Redleaf
February is "Heart Health Month" at CRYP
CRYP Remains Committed to Youth Wellness in 2016
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!
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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 2016 News

Nearly 70 Teens Attend CRYP's
2016 Passion for Fashion Event

On Saturday, March 12, 69 teenage girls on South Dakota's remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation converged on the Cheyenne River Youth Project® for its much-loved, annual " Passion for Fashion" event. For 15 years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has arranged this special day to to celebrate the strength, achievements and limitless potential of the reservation's next generation of young women.
When the teens (including seven who drove more than an hour from Takini, in the southwestern part of the reservation) arrived at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center at 1 p.m., they marveled at the transformation of the center from its everyday incarnation to a celebration of Star Wars and "The Force Awakens."

After the girls enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and fresh salad at the Keya (Turtle) Cafe, keynote speaker Darrell Redleaf took the floor. A top celebrity hair stylist, makeup artist, product developer and TV commentator with 30 years of experience in the Hollywood glamour business who also has personal ties to Cheyenne River, Redleaf spoke about finding your dream - and finding a skill that no one can take from you. 
"It was a great talk," said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's executive director. "He talked about the Force and how it really is life, the choices you make, and how you treat your spirit." 
In addition, LeNae LeBeau from Cheyenne River's Sacred Heart Center spoke about teen sex, dating violence, consent and healthy relationships, while colleague Sister Katherine Baltazaar talked about the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

"Through this year's speakers, we wanted to share with our young people that wellness is holistic, from physical and mental health to emotional and spiritual well-being," Garreau said. "And it all starts with valuing yourself, knowing and understanding your own worth as a human being. If you believe in your own potential and are willing to work hard, there's nothing you can't do."

RedCan is Back for 2016!

It's back. This July, graffiti artists from around the world will converge once again in a small town on the South Dakota prairie for a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind arts celebration: the 2nd annual RedCan graffiti jam at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. 
The RedCan gathering, scheduled for July 6-9 at CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at sites throughout the Eagle Butte community, is unlike any other public graffiti event. On the remote Cheyenne River Lakota reservation, graffiti culture and Lakota culture come together in a creative explosion of culture, innovation and fellowship. 
"We're thrilled to be hosting RedCan for a second year," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "The inaugural event exceeded our wildest expectations, and it really resonated with our community - particularly with our children. We're deeply grateful to the artists who gave us their time, ideas and dedication, and we couldn't be happier that several of them are returning this year. 

Sneak preview: 2016 RedCan graffiti jam! 
This year's featured artists are: Serval from Switzerland; Scribe from Kansas City, Missouri; East from Denver, Colorado; Kazilla from Miami, Florida; and Biafra, Cyfi, Daesk and Wundr from Minnesota's Twin Cities.  

Executive Director Julie Garreau is Officially a Bush Fellow
This week, the Bush Foundation announced the names of the 24 individuals who will comprise this year's class of Bush Fellows. CRYP's executive director, Julie Garreau, is among their number.
Each year, the Bush Foundation seeks Fellowship candidates who have proven records of achievement - and who demonstrate the extraordinary potential to make significant, lasting contributions in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that call those regions home. A total of 465 people applied for the 2016 Bush Fellowship, and the final 24 Fellows were selected through an intensive, multi-stage process during which applicants described their leadership vision and passion, and how a Bush Fellowship would help them achieve their goals.
"I am truly humbled to be recognized with such an esteemed group of professionals," Garreau said. "This award is a recognition of the truly outstanding work that occurs each and every day at the Cheyenne River Youth Project, and I feel privileged to have been part of this dynamic vision. As a Bush Fellow, I am committed to expanding and creating opportunities to reach more youth and families on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. I wish to thank all of the staff, youth, families, volunteers and friends of CRYP for their support."

Learn more about Garreau's Bush Fellowship project here.

March CRYP Hall of Fame:
Wendell Nezzie 

Wendell Nezzie is a valuable member of the Cheyenne River Youth Project's youth programming staff. He also is a CRYP alumnus.

Wendell grew up in a small community called Wicagakapi Sa, or Red Scaffold, in the western part of South Dakota's remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. He became a regular at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center as a high school freshman.

"It was the only place I could go to play basketball with my friends," he says. "It was such a great place, such a safe environment to be in. I participated in the wellness program and open gym, I came to Midnight Basketball, and I worked with youth in the summertime. I decided I wanted to join the staff when I saw all the great things they were doing for the kids and the community."

Wendell became a youth programs assistant in fall 2014. He is focused on working with teens, building relationships with them, and helping to keep the facilities in good condition so they remain clean, safe, positive places for children to be. Learn more about Wendell'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."

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Volunteer Positions Available Immediately

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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