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Cokata Wiconi Gift Shop: New Items for Fall 2013!
Sponsor a Birthday Cake at The Main
Meet Our Board of Directors
Support CRYP with GoodSearch & GoodShop
Check Out Our Needs List!
Our Mission
CRYP to Host "Harvest Festival" on Oct. 9
Terrifying Haunted House at The Main on Oct. 29-30
Last Leading Lady Farmers Market of the Season on Oct. 4
CRYP Welcomes New Sustainable Agriculture Manager
2014 Passion for Fashion: Saturday, March 8
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Check Out Our Cokata Wiconi
Gift Shop!

***NEW ITEMS*** 
For those seeking memorable gifts that will support a worthy cause, check out CRYP's Cokata Wiconi Gift Shop, located within the teen center. The shop is overflowing with homemade food items, created with produce from the 2-acre naturally grown Winyan Toka Win Garden. These include raspberry jam, strawberry jam, strawberry rhubarb jam, corncob jelly, jalape�o jelly, mild and spicy salsa, pickled onions, pickled jalape�os, sweet and dill pickles, dried corn, apple butter, dried jalape�os and dried chili peppers.

Making use of traditional Lakota foods, the gift shop also features wild plum jelly, wild grape jelly, chokecherry jelly, chokecherry syrup, sand cherries and dried turnips.
NEW THIS FALL: Coffee mugs featuring CRYP's colorful new Keya Cafe logo!

Also available are CRYP T-shirts and sweatshirts, including shirts that were screen-printed on site at Cokata Wiconi, and special prints of "Four Horsemen of the Lakota," a painting by renowned artist and Rosebud Sioux tribal member Lynn Burnette Sr. The prints are available in three sizes.

Every dollar goes to benefit our youth programs and services. To place an order, call (605) 964-8200 today. 

Or, if you'd rather order online, simply call us so we can determine your shipping costs, and then make your payment via the "Help CRYP" link at

Sponsor a Birthday Cake at the Main!
Birthday Party 2009
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 2013! Every dollar makes such a difference in the lives of Cheyenne River's children.

Meet Our
Board of Directors
Holly A. Annis

Jeremy Patterson

Guthrie Ducheneaux

Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy
Betsy Mitchell
Peggy Gallipo
Jeffrey Meyer

For more info and bios, click here!

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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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October 2013 News
From the Executive Director:   

Julie Garreau - August 2012 Dear Friends,

This month is a very special month for the Cheyenne River Youth Project. We have now officially been serving our community for 25 years.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the story, we opened our doors in 1988; our first home was the former Little Brown Jug bar on Eagle Butte's Main Street. We became known affectionately as "The Main," and we dedicated ourselves to providing Cheyenne River's children with a safe, nurturing, positive place to learn, create, play and enjoy healthy meals and snacks, giving those most at risk a real opportunity to develop into healthy, well-rounded individuals. 

We've grown a lot, adding our 4,500-square-foot youth center (still called "The Main") and 26,000-square-foot Cokata Wiconi teen center in 1999 and 2006, respectively. We also now incorporate a 2-acre, naturally grown garden called Winyan Toka Win, and we operate the reservation-wide Family Services program.

Old Main
The Old Main, founded 1988.
It can seem like a lot has changed, but at its heart, CRYP is the same organization. We are here to take care of our local youth, to teach them to be proud of themselves and their identity; to easy the daily burdens on their families; and to support the growth of self-sufficient, vibrant communities across Cheyenne River. We've been pursuing that mission for 25 years, and we anticipate continuing to do so for another 25.

To commemorate this milestone in our history, our staff and volunteers are working hard on a yearlong calendar of special events. These events will take place each month from now until September 2014; we're kicking off the celebrations with our Harvest Festival on October 9.

We hope you can join us for some of these events, because we couldn't have reached the 25-year mark without your ongoing friendship and support. Thanks to you, we're serving our second generation of kids, and we've been able to stay true to our grassroots origins. So this yearlong celebration is rightfully yours, as well.


Julie Garreau
Executive Director

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CRYP Will Host First-Ever "Harvest Festival on Wednesday, October 9      

CRYP is officially kicking off its 25th anniversary celebration with its first-ever Harvest Festival on Wednesday, October 9. The festival starts at 5 p.m. at the Cokata Wiconi teen center, and it's open free to the public.
The evening's festivities will include a "Harvest Feast" community feed, games, door prizes and plenty of fun. The feast, in particular, will be a special celebration to honor the end of the summer growing season.
"Our menu will highlight the fresh produce from our Winyan Toka Win garden, including pumpkins, squash, zucchini and corn," said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's executive director. "The meal will be a celebration of the 2013 growing season, of a bountiful harvest, and of 25 years of healthy living here at the Cheyenne River Youth Project."
Indeed, the event will include a special viewing of CRYP pictures and videos, and staff will be on hand to share their stories and memories with guests. What's more, the quarter-century-old youth project will be formally dedicating the Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium, which now boasts official scoreboards thanks to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Special Projects grant.

October Anniversary Celebrations Will Include Terrifying Haunted House!

Later this month, CRYP will be hosting a second special event: a 25th anniversary edition of its annual haunted house at The Main. Titled "25 Years of Terror," staff members are calling this their scariest haunted house ever; the doors will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on October 29 and 30. The haunted house is open free to the public.

Even if you don't live on or near the Cheyenne River reservation, you can still participate in the Halloween fun. Send Cheyenne River friends and loved ones  Ghoul-A-Grams! This year, CRYP is sending out the Zombie Dance Crew on October 31 - each gram is just $15, and all proceeds benefit CRYP's youth programming and services. Call our office at (605) 964-8200 to schedule yours!

CRYP Holds Last Leading Lady Farmers Market of the Season on Oct. 4

Friday, October 4 marked the final Leading Lady Farmers Market at the CRYP campus on East Lincoln Street. Due to inclement weather, staff and volunteers moved the market into the Cokata Wiconi teen center's Keya Cafe and lobby space.

"We're so proud of what we accomplished this year," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We've had a small, weekly farmers market for several years, but in July, we were finally able to expand it, thanks in part to a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation."

Now called the Leading Lady Farmers Market in honor of CRYP's 2-acre Winyan Toka Win ("Leading Lady" in Lakota) garden, the market provides a venue for the Wellness Interns 1 youth project to sell its own produce and canned goods. It also incorporates booth space for 10 community vendors.

Throughout the second half of the summer and the early fall, community members who visited the new Leading Lady Farmers Market enjoyed a bountiful selection of naturally grown, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, homemade preserves, hand-crafted jewelry and artwork.

"The Leading Lady Farmers Market is an important piece of our sustainable agriculture program, which is dedicated to wellness, education, and real food sovereignty and security on the Cheyenne River reservation," Garreau explained. "We're hoping the market continues to grow and thrive in the seasons to come."

To learn more about the Winyan Toka Win garden, the Leading Lady Farmers Market, the Cokata Wiconi Gift Shop and related youth and community programs, visit this new special section on our website! 


Welcome, Ryan Devlin - CRYP's New Sustainable Agriculture Manager!
CRYP is pleased to announce that Ryan Devlin joined its full-time staff in late September. Devlin will serve as the organization's sustainable agriculture manager.

"I'm so excited to join the Cheyenne River Youth Project team, and to be part of the amazing work that is done here on a daily basis," he commented. "I'm looking forward to taking care of the Winyan Toka Win garden and providing healthy produce for the community, and I'm especially excited to collaborate with many different people in the community to expand the presence of the Leading Lady Farmers Market.

"One of my goals is to increase the opportunities people have to buy and sell locally grown food and crafts in Eagle Butte," he continued. "Most of all, I look forward to working fulfilling CRYP's mission on a daily basis - working with Cheyenne River's incredible young people."

Learn more about the sustainable agriculture position, and about Ryan Devlin, here!

2012 Passion for Fashion
2014 Passion for Fashion Will Take Place on Saturday, March 8!

Although CRYP's staff and volunteers are already hard at work on the 2013 Christmas Toy Drive, they are keeping one eye firmly planted on the new year's signature programs. To that end, the youth project has officially set a date for the 2014 Passion for Fashion program. The big day: Saturday, March 8.

Passion for Fashion is one of CRYP's longest-running and most popular teen programs. The annual event, created in 2001, provides support for teens who need all the prom essentials. It also promotes intergenerational exchange, improved self-esteem and positive body image, and it helps combat bullying and school violence by giving girls from all social circles a chance to spend quality time together.

This past spring, CRYP made sure that 75 teens were able to attend their high school proms wearing dresses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories they selected at the Cokata Wiconi teen center through this long-running, much-loved program. And for the 55 girls who were able to participate in the special Passion for Fashion event itself, the experience went far beyond selecting just the right prom look. These young women enjoyed a luncheon, a keynote speaker, spa-style pampering, shopping, a real catwalk fashion show and a photoshoot. They also got to travel back in time; the 2013 Passion for Fashion theme was "The '80s: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

We'll keep you posted on the 2014 theme, and donations of new or gently used dresses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories are accepted throughout the year.

Cheyenne River Youth Project Passion for Fashion 2013
Cheyenne River Youth Project Passion for Fashion 2013

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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Cheyenne River Youth Project