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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 RedCan Teaser Trailer, Artist List
Last Day to Support $10K Matching Grant
Youth Help Design New Kaboom Playground
New Digital Media Workshops for Youth
New Digital Media Workshops for Youth
New Digital Media Workshops for Youth
March Hall of Fame: Elsie DuBray
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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!
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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May 2018 News
CRYP Releases 2018 RedCan Teaser Trailer, List of Featured Artists     
The 4th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam is less than two months away! Check out our new teaser trailer for this year's exciting event, scheduled for June 28-30; and click here to see the confirmed list of guest artists who will be painting in our Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at various mural sites around the City of Eagle Butte.

We're also proud to announce our partnership with Ironlak, which has generously agreed to sponsor this year's RedCan. But we still need you! Your contributions will help fund this year's invitational graffiti jam, which includes dedicated youth arts programming, artistic collaboration and mentorship between local and visiting artists, Lakota cultural exhibitions, live performance art, and so much more.

When you reach our RedCan landing page, simply scroll down, and you'll see a simple Square donation form!

Keya Cafe Featured on
SDPB's "Savor Dakota" in April  
Last month, CRYP's Keya Cafe had the honor of being featured on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's "Savor Dakota" TV program. SDPB also shared one of our executive director's famous recipes. Now you can make the Keya Cafe's chocolate zucchini cake in the comfort of your own home!

Cheyenne River's Youth Help Design New Kaboom Playground 

CRYP is moving forward with plans for its new playground at The Main youth center, which serves 4- to 12-year-olds on South Dakota's Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. On Wednesday, Apr. 25, it welcomed Kaboom representatives for a special Design Day at its campus in Eagle Butte, and community members of all ages enjoyed the opportunity to share their ideas.

"This is an exciting opportunity, especially for Cheyenne River's children," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "They'll be able to draw and dream to make their ideal play space a reality. Then, Kaboom will take all of our ideas and come back a week later with a specific proposal. We're so grateful to the team at 'The Hero Effect' for making this possible. These wheels were set in motion two years ago, and thanks to their friendship and dedication, our kids will finally be getting a brand-new playground at The Main."

CRYP is currently seeking 125-200 volunteers to help build the new playground on July 26-28, 2018. Contact Jerica at (605) 964-8200 for details.

Growing Into Wowachinyepi Champions Return from Washington, D.C. 

Last month, the five Lakota teens who are participating in the Cheyenne River Youth Project's "Growing Into Wowachinyepi" program had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. During the three-day trip, the young people learned to articulate and pitch their individual platforms and learn more about becoming leaders and culture-bearers for the Lakota nation.    
Cheyenne River's 2018 Growing Into Wowachinyepi Champions are Claudia Iron Hawk, 18; Daniel Semon, 18; Jaymalee Turning Heart, 17; Randi Little Star, 16; and Oliver Miner, 16. All five have been active in CRYP's ground-breaking internship program, following tracks in wellness, the arts, sustainable agriculture and social enterprise. For their platforms, Semon and Turning Heart chose suicide prevention; Miner and Little Star chose drug and alcohol awareness; and Iron Hawk selected revitalization of the Lakota language.

Learn more about their trip here!

Waniyetu Wowapi Performing Art Series Attracts Crowds This Spring  

CRYP officially launched its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Performing Art Series on Apr. 7 and is hosting regularly scheduled events through the end of this month. The family-friendly series, made possible with funding from NEA Art Works, has incorporated popular films, live performances and the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Head Start Powwow in our public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, as well as Midnight Basketball in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) gymnasium.

"Together, Cokata Wiconi and the art park have become meaningful gathering places for community members of all ages," said Julie Garreau, executive director. "The performing art series offers even more opportunities for us to celebrate our Lakota culture, make memories, and lift each other up."

For a schedule of the remaining performances, and information about our special Mother's Day celebration on May 13, click here.

CRYP Receives Grant for
Keya Cafe Food Truck  

The South Dakota Community Foundation has presented a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to CRYP. (See the full SDCF release here.)

These funds will be used to assist with the purchase of the Keya Café Food Truck, which will enable us to take our restaurant on the road, closer to the population of Eagle Butte and to other communities across their reservation. The truck will also help with transporting the produce we grow in our 2.5-acre, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden, making it readily available for purchase.

This Month's Hall of Fame:
Christina Collins Siquieros

In a small town, it's fun for everyone when someone new arrives-for us as a staff, and for all the kids. This spring, we all welcomed 7-year-old Christina Collins Siquieros to The Main, and already she is thriving.

Christina actually lived on the Cheyenne River reservation when she was small, but her family has been in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a number of years. She says she remembers The Main; her mother, Valerie, was a CRYP employee at that time and recently rejoined our staff as youth programs coordinator.

"I was too little to play at The Main back then," Christina recalls. "I sat on my mom's desk and looked at everyone. My new friends at school told me that they go to The Main too and that it's a lot of fun. It is! I get to play with them every day after school here."

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.

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