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Keya Gift Shop Online: AUG/SEPT 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
CRYP Needs: In-Kind Donations
Our Mission
Introducing CRYP's New Art Director
CRYP Graduates Record-Breaking 11 Art Interns
Families Enjoy STEM Activity
CRYP Launches Family Services Renewal Drive
Volunteer Spotlight: Lara Benteler
Hall of Fame: Kazmira Runs After & Xavier Sebastion
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Our tan CRYP crewneck sweatshirts are available for 40% off! Visit our online store and look for the green "sale" icon.

CRYP is proud to make select items from the Keya (Turtle) Gift Shop available online, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization's youth programming and family services.

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!
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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.

In-Kind Donations
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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 click here and scroll down to "In Kind Donations," where you'll find links to our Amazon wish lists. 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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September 2019 News
Introducing CRYP's New Art Director

Tyler Read is now officially part of the CRYP team! In his new role as art director, Read will oversee programming at our  Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute.

"Years ago, I remember telling Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director, that I dreamed of one day being able to open art history books and read about a great emergence of Lakota murals that began here," he continued. "Now I see it actually happening, and I'm deeply honored that I will have the opportunity to know this piece of history-not just by pictures in a book, but by the faces of the young people who are leading this movement."

With your support, we can continue to provide our Lakota youth with access to the arts - and to the many rich opportunities they both need and deserve. Wopila!

CRYP Graduates Record-Breaking 11 Interns from Summer Art Cohort 

On Labor Day weekend, CRYP officially graduated 11 Lakota teens from its summer arts internship program. This is a record-breaking number for the nonprofit youth organization, which began offering teen internships in 2013. 

"Normally, we see five or six kids complete the full arts internship track," said Jerica Widow, CRYP's youth programs director. "This time, we doubled that number. It's incredible."

Not only did the teens complete their internships, they also had an opportunity to exhibit their artwork at the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Powwow, Fair & Rodeo in Eagle Butte. Two of the young artists, Roberta High Elk and Roslyn Smith, took third and fourth place.

"We're so proud of them," Widow said. "It's always a good experience to prepare for and participate in a formal art show, but we were thrilled to see them also receive this special recognition. It's a milestone for them, absolutely."

Families Enjoy STEM Activity with Sphero Balls from AISES

Just prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend, CRYP invited Cheyenne River families to join staff and volunteers for a special STEM activity at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). Scheduled for 3-5 p.m. in the gymnasium, the event allowed participants of all ages to experiment with Sphero balls provided by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Sphero essentially is a robotic ball controlled by the Sphero app for tablets and smartphones. Once the app is installed, the Sphero robot ball is turned on, and Sphero has connected to the device via Bluetooth, the adventure begins-from games and simple programs that allow the robot to change colors and repeat movement patterns to in-depth STEM lessons and challenges.

At a 2017 AISES enrichment camp in Eagle Butte, for example, children were able to use the Sphero balls to design their own fishing boats and rescue sunken toys in a kiddie pool. They also channeled their artistic abilities and used the Sphero balls to draw their own group mural, demonstrating that the technology works well with both STEM and STEAM.

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CRYP Launches Family Services Renewal Drive, with Discounted Memberships

Fall is here, and that means it's Family Services renewal time! CRYP is offering a discount for families that renew by Oct. 31 - just $25 covers the whole family for an entire year, and this special price also applies to new memberships. (After Oct. 31, the membership fee is $30.)

With a CRYP Family Services membership, families may receive Christmas gifts for all the youth in their households, school supplies, and winter coats and boots. In addition, they also receive regular monthly assistance with household and baby items.

"We're encouraging Cheyenne River families to sign up or renew prior to Oct. 31, not only for the discount, but also to get their 'Dear Santa' letters for this year's toy drive," says Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We're already in full swing, preparing for this year's holiday season!"

Volunteer Spotlight:
Lara Benteler 

My name is Lara Benteler. I'm 28 years old, and I'm from Osnabrück, Germany. I volunteered at the Cheyenne River Youth Project for six months, from summer 2010 to January 2011. 

I first came across CRYP online, while I was searching for an opportunity to work with indigenous peoples in the United States. I had been reading a lot about First Nations' history-especially Lakota history-and wanted to learn more about contemporary life in the area I had been reading about extensively. 

After my time in Eagle Butte, I returned to Germany and got a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a specialized Master's degree in cross-cultural psychology. The rights of indigenous peoples remained an important topic in my life, and I was lucky to be able to attend the United Nations Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a visitor in 2017. 

Also that year, I started working for an association that offers consultations, provides language classes, and facilitates encounters for migrants and refugees in Germany. As a volunteer coordinator, I support people with and without refugee/migrant background as they realize their own project ideas and get involved in their fields of interests. 

This past summer, I had the opportunity to visit CRYP again. A lot of things had changed since my first visit... 

Hall of Fame:
Kazmira Runs After & Xavier Sebastion

CRYP staff and volunteers have grown accustomed to two familiar faces around The Main in the last year. Cousins Kazmira Runs After, 6, and Xavier Sebastion, 10, are regulars at the youth project's center for 4- to 12-year-olds, and more often than not, they attend youth programming together.

Kazmira says her mom told her about The Main, and the first-grader thought it sounded like fun. Xavier, a fourth-grader, says he heard about it from Kazmira, and he wasn't going to miss out. 

The pair's favorite activities include making bracelets during arts-and-crafts time, and riding bikes through The Main's Bike Club.

"That's really fun, because I get to ride a mountain bike," Xavier says.

Kazmira calls out the Playroom as her favorite space, and at this point, she has zero interest in what's happening at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center. Xavier, however, is keeping an eye on the big building next door. 

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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