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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
Support RedCan 2016
Growing the Next Generation of the Lakota Workforce
CRYP Kicks Off Winyan Toka Win Growing Season
Heat Assistance Program Aids 190 Families
May Hall of Fame: Serena Eagle
Order "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" Today
We Need You This Winter: Consider Volunteering with 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. 


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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May 2016 News

Support RedCan 2016 Through Crowdrise and Special Print Fundraiser

The Cheyenne River Youth Project®'s acclaimed RedCan graffiti jam is just weeks away, and staff members have launched a Crowdrise campaign to raise the much-needed funds to cover the costs of paint, art supplies, food and beverages, and artists' travel expenses. And they're not doing it alone - several artists have made financial contributions.

And, headlining artist Scribe is selling his "Cante Iyapapi" prints through the CRYP gift shop and online at to help support the RedCan fundraising effort.
Twenty-five signed 18x24 prints are available, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit CRYP. Scribe said he's happy to do whatever he can to support the youth project as it pursues its ongoing mission in the Cheyenne River community.
"A lot of my life has been trying to make something bigger out of something that starts small," he explained. "It seems like CRYP has a similar situation. I admire that type of spirit, and I admire people who invest in the well-being of others. There are a lot of jams currently being used to ultimately help real estate and make an area hip. This is more about uplifting a community as a whole."

To learn more about 2016 RedCan and some of its headlining artists, click here.

Growing the Next Generation of the Lakota Workforce at CRYP  

CRYP has been awarded a Northwest Area Foundation social enterprise grant that will support the youth project's two-year "Growing the Next Generation Lakota Workforce" initiative, which incorporates the farm-to-table Keya (Turtle) Cafe, the Keya Gift Shop and the Leading Lady Farmers Market.
"We want to provide our children with job and life skills that will serve them well as they enter adulthood," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "That's how we change lives - through classes, workshops, trainings and, perhaps most of all, our internship programs. Thanks to NWAF, we'll be able to continue developing our social enterprises here in Eagle Butte, expand our teen internships, and provide even more opportunities to our kids."
With NWAF's support, the youth project now is able to hire a full-time social enterprise manager; expand its internship programs so 44 teen interns can participate in social enterprises and 44 can take part in sustainable agriculture; and develop an e-commerce website. Learn more here!

CRYP Formally Blesses Winyan Toka Win Garden, Kicks Off Growing Season
On Friday, May 6, CRYP formally blessed the 2-acre, naturally grown Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden for the 2016 growing season. Richard Charging Eagle conducted the garden blessing, and 12 young people joined staff members in planting corn for the season.
Next on deck: planting potatoes; getting the starter squash in and covering them with squash guards; and, once the garden's landscape plan is complete, planting fruit trees and kiwi bushes along the fence at the end of Winyan Toka Win's north-facing rows. There, they'll receive plenty of sun and eventually will serve as a windbreak. A watering system will give each tree and bush a root well and drip line.     
The fruit trees and bushes will be espaliered, which means they'll be pruned and trained to grow flat against a support such as a trellis, creating living sculptures. Benefits include maximized fruit production in a limited space; easier-to-pick fruit, since ladders won't be needed; and garden artistry that encourages community members to spend time in the garden and learn more about what's happening there.
"Normally, artistic gardening like this is done on estates," said Floyd Braun, a CRYP youth programs assistant who enjoys working in the garden and takes a leadership role each season. "Growing the trees in espalier style will give us something really special and unique here."
Winter at Cokata Wiconi

Heat Assistance Program Provides Aid to 190 Cheyenne River Families   

On May 6, CRYP officially concluded its Heat Assistance Program for the 2015-16 winter season. The program provided much-needed matching funds to 190 families on South Dakota's remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota reservation during the cold winter and spring months.
Nearly 200 families translates to more than 1,000 individuals, and more than half of them children. Their families were able to request matching grants up to $100 to help cover the cost of propane, electricity or firewood when they most needed it. Through its Family Services program, CRYP processed the requests and worked with local providers to ensure that each family received assistance as quickly as possible.

"We're deeply grateful to Running Strong for American Indian Youth," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "Its $20,000 grant made this year's Heat Assistance Program possible, and that program is a critical one in our community. Families rely on us for aid, and without Running Strong, we simply wouldn't be able to provide the help they need." 


May CRYP Hall of Fame: 
Serena Eagle   

Before CRYP was founded in 1988, children growing up on the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation didn't have many options for safe, positive places to go outside of school. When CRYP opened the doors to its Main youth center, 4- to 12-year-olds finally had their own space for playing, learning, and enjoying healthy meals and snacks.

When the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center opened in 2006, local teens were able to take advantage of the same opportunities. Not only could they socialize with friends, get homework help, play sports and get something to eat, they could learn valuable new skills, have access to mentors, gain valuable experience and insights, and pursue their passions in a way that leads to greater successes in higher education, in careers and in life.

How does CRYP measure success? It looks toward its "regulars," teens who grow and blossom in so many ways during their years at Cokata Wiconi. Serena Eagle, 16, is a perfect example. She has been coming to the teen center for three years; while playing basketball in the Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium was the initial draw, Serena now actively participates in CRYP's ongoing teen fitness classes and in its innovative, edgy arts programming. Learn more about her 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."

Volunteer Positions Available Now

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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