CRP Banner
In This Issue
Keya Gift Shop Online: MAY & JUNE SPECIAL!
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
RedCan 2019 Teaser Trailer is Here!
160+ Community Members Enjoy Easter Dinner & Egg Hunt
Congrats, Class of 2019
Eight Teens Graduate from C.E.R.T. Training
Spring & Summer Wellness at CRYP
Teens May Apply for Emerging Poets Fellowship
Indigenous Cooking Internships & Trainings at CRYP
Volunteer Spotlight: Laure Lachaud
Quick Links
Select items from CRYP's Keya (Turtle) Gift Shop are now available online, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization's youth programming and family services.


To commemorate our 5th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam on June 19-22, our RedCan merchandise (except books) will remain 50% off through June 30! Visit our online store and click "RedCan" and "Clothing" to access sale items.

By supporting the Keya Gift Shop, you're also supporting  local artists and craftspeople; our youth artists, who are learning how their creative passions might translate to possible career opportunities; and our teen interns, who work in our gift shop every day, developing valuable skills in customer service, financial literacy and business management.


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!


And to meet a few of our former volunteers, check out our Volunteer Spotlight.



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
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

Kibbe Conti
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 made an online purchase?

Amazon 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.
Join Our Mailing List
May 2019 News
RedCan 2019 Teaser

RedCan 2019 Teaser Trailer is Here!

Once again, RedCan is rising on the South Dakota prairie: Just a little over a month from now, artists, musicians and performers from across the country will converge at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte for the 5th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam. In preparation for this eagerly anticipated celebration of graffiti culture and Lakota culture, CRYP has just released a 2019 teaser trailer and its official lineup of invited guests.

RedCan 2019 will feature acclaimed returning artists East, Wundr, Ryoe, Cyfi, Sadat, Scape, Dwayno Insano, Siamese, Hoka, Biafra Inc., Tuke and DeKae. All 12 artists will be painting in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, as well as at select mural sites around Eagle Butte, but they're doing something a little different this summer. Learn more here!

Visit the dedicated RedCan section of our website to meet our artists and special guests, and please consider making a contribution to help us make RedCan 2019 a reality!

Our deepest gratitude to A rtPlace America, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Bush Foundation, the Santa Fe Tobacco Company, Dope Paint, All Day Supply and countless individuals across the country-and around the world-for their support of RedCan 2019.

More than 160 Community Members Enjoy Dinner & Easter Egg Hunt at CRYP 

On Apr. 18, the Cheyenne River Youth Project and the Indian Child Welfare Agency co-hosted a Community Dinner and Easter Egg Hunt at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) in Eagle Butte. Scheduled for 6-8 p.m., the special event was open free to the public-and more than 160 community members came through the doors for an evening of delicious food, holiday festivities and fellowship.

"The event was a huge success," says Meghan Tompkins, CRYP's deputy director. "We were thrilled to have such a large, enthusiastic crowd, and we're grateful to both the Indian Child Welfare Agency and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's ABC Committee for helping to make this wonderful evening possible."

Congratulations, Class of 2019! 

On Tuesday, May 14, CRYP held a special Senior Honoring celebration for our teens who will be graduating from high school. We're so proud of each and every one of you, and we can't wait to see what your future holds!

Eight Teens Graduate from C.E.R.T. Training at CRYP

Our first youth Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training was a success! Eight teens graduated, and they now can be points of contact for emergencies in their community. Our next training is coming up on May 20-22! Learn more about the training program here.

Now at CRYP: Walking Club, Bike Club and Fabulous Color Runs!

Due to the ongoing popularity of wellness programming at its Eagle Butte campus, the Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced three exciting new wellness initiatives for this spring and summer: a Walking Club for teens during the month of May, a Bike Club for 4- to 12-year-olds at The Main from May 7 to Aug. 13, and a series of summertime Color Runs for the community. (The first Color Run of the season, coordinated by our teen wellness interns, took place on Thursday, May 16.)

"This is important, because for us, wellness is about so much more than physical fitness," explains Jerica Widow, CRYP's youth programs director. "It's also about emotional, mental and spiritual health and well-being."

Teens Now Have Opportunity to Apply for Emerging Poets Fellowship

In conjunction with the First Peoples Fund, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is now offering an Emerging Poets Fellowship for Lakota youth ages 13-18 on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Open for applications until July, the program will officially launch in September.

This innovative one-year fellowship will give teens valuable poetry, leadership and development training, which also includes specific life skills such as learning how to open a bank account, how to create a resume, and how to write an effective cover letter. Teens will build their own chapbook anthologies, and they will receive both a letter of recommendation and a $500 stipend upon completion of the program.

"The fellowship isn't that different from our teen internships," says Jerica Widow, CRYP's youth programs director. "It simply provides yet another way for us to offer new opportunities to our teens, and invite them to explore yet another creative outlet as they express themselves in a positive, healthy, safe space."

CRYP Encourages Indigenous Cooking Through Internships & Trainings 

For more than 30 years, the Cheyenne River Youth Project has been dedicated to strengthening the connection Lakota youth have with their culture. In recent years, culturally relevant programming at the nonprofit youth organization has expanded to include an Indigenous Cooking internship for local teens and special trainings for adults in the Cheyenne River community.

Although CRYP has offered teen internships in Native Wellness, Native Food Sovereignty, Social Enterprise and the Arts for several years, it recently added an Indigenous Cooking track at the request of local teens. Eight young people have just completed the winter internship, and staff members are expecting a full house for the next cohort as well. Learn more about our internships and adult trainings here.

Volunteer Spotlight:
Laure Lachaud 

My name is Laure Lachaud, and I'm from New York. I'm 30 years old now, and my life path has been significantly impacted by my work at CRYP.

I first came out to Eagle Butte almost 10 years ago, a kid who had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Since coming to CRYP, I've focused my career in the nonprofit area, which is where I currently work. 

Back then, I was looking for volunteer opportunities, and I came across CRYP on a volunteer group navigator online. I knew I wanted to work with kids, and I didn't really know anything about Native Americans or native communities, so I was hoping this would be a great learning experience. 

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.

All of us at the
Cheyenne River Youth Project