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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 Brings Santa Claus to 1,600+ Children on Cheyenne River
Passion for Fashion 2016: The Dress Drive is On
Happy New Year from Cokata Wiconi!
Order "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" Today
January Hall of Fame: Maxwell Peacock
January Partners of the Month: Our 2015 Christmas Toy Drive Champions
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!
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 in 2014-15! 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
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.
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January 2016 News

CRYP Brings Santa Claus to 1,600+ Children on Cheyenne River

The numbers are in, and they're numbers the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has never seen before. In its 2015 Christmas Toy Drive, the 27-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization brought Santa Claus to more than 1,600 children across South Dakota's remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.
As they do every year, Cheyenne River's children wrote heartfelt letters to Santa throughout the fall months, asking for gifts for themselves and frequently for family members as well. This past fall, letters came from 340 families, regular participants at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center and The Main youth center, and children who live in local shelters and foster care.
"During the past few years, we've set a goal of serving 1,500 children at Christmastime," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We constantly strive to expand our reach and serve more children each year, since the need is so great on Cheyenne River. We're stunned that we not only exceeded our goal this year, we exceeded it by more than 100 children. We simply couldn't have done that without all of our dedicated partners, and our army of around-the-clock volunteers. It's so much more than a seasonal toy drive. It's a movement."

Passion for Fashion 2016:
The Dress Drive is On!

Although it's hard to imagine in the depths of winter, spring is around the corner. And that means teenagers across the country are already thinking of that one special occasion that has become an American rite of passage. The prom.
Yet on South Dakota's remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, excitement for prom season can be tempered by hard realities. Here, most families cannot spare the funds for formal wear and accessories, nor can they manage the three- to five-hour round-trip drive for a shopping trip in Pierre or Rapid City. That's why the Cheyenne River Youth Project® launched Passion for Fashion in 2001.
Passion for Fashion 2016 will take place on Saturday, March 12 at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi ("Center of Life") teen center. Its theme is "The Force Awakens."

Click here to find out how you can help support our girls!

Happy New Year from All of Our Teens
at Cokata Wiconi!

Nearly 100 Cheyenne River teenagers converged on our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center on New Year's Eve for a night of Midnight Basketball, prizes, refreshments and revelry. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at our 2016 countdown and balloon drop!

Many thanks to all of our staff members and volunteers, who gave up personal time with family and friends to make sure that our young people would have a safe, healthy, positive place to celebrate and welcome the new year. 

Order "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" Today!
Four years ago, a Colorado-based creative team embarked on a fine-art photography project designed to celebrate life on the Cheyenne River reservation, home to four bands of the Lakota nation. Richard and Heather Steinberger, a photographer-writer team from Bailey, Colorado, joined forces with Evergreen, Colorado-based photographer Matt Normann to develop a coffee table book that would introduce Cheyenne River's landscapes, flora and fauna, communities, traditions and residents to a larger audience.
Matt Normann and Richard Steinberger.
That book is now available to the public through Amazon, and the creative team has announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the 27-year-old, not-for-profit Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte.

"We've always strongly believed that Cheyenne River's story is one of hope, not one of despair," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "So when Heather, Richard and Matt first approached us with the idea for this project, we were very excited. Our community really got behind them, and the end result is a beautiful book that really was a team effort. We're all very proud of it."

The creative team also has made limited-edition fine-art prints available for purchase; 100 percent of the proceeds from these sales will support CRYP as well.
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 prints, visit and click "Photography."

January Hall of Fame:
Maxwell Peacock    

Maxwell Peacock, 14, is a member of CRYP's second cohort of Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Interns. He started coming to our campus regularly about a year ago, drawn to the environment and learning opportunities he saw at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center - in particular, he says he was interested in our arts programming.

CRYP began its innovative teen arts internship program last winter. During each four-month internship cycle, teens participate in training opportunities, engage in open studio time, attend leadership development workshops, explore career opportunities for artists, plan community events to promote our groundbreaking Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, and unveil their own work within that free public space when it's ready. Learn more about Max's story here
Community feast at CRYP's Cokata Wiconi teen center, courtesy of the Donald Driver Foundation.

January Partners of the Month:
Our Christmas Toy Drive Champions
This month, we'd like to express our deepest gratitude to a very special group of CRYP supporters: the champions of the 2015 Christmas Toy Drive. With their help, we smashed our goal of serving 1,500 children. This past December, CRYP and its partners brought Santa Claus to more than 1,600 children across the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Please read more here, and click on the individual links to learn more about these worthy organizations, each of which has demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas with its generosity, friendship, and love.

To each and every one of you:

Thank you.
Volunteers 2006
Volunteer Positions Available Immediately

We were extremely fortunate to have more than 20 volunteers converge on our East Lincoln Street campus during the 2015 Christmas Toy Drive. Now that we are into January, however, we are once again facing a critical volunteer shortage.

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. The youth project welcomes individuals and groups for short- and long-term stays.

Learn more about our volunteer program, and how to apply, here!

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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