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Cokata Wiconi Gift Shop: Orders May Now Be Taken Online!
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 "Family Fit & Fun Challenge" This Month
CRYP Provides School Supplies to 530 Children
Discount on Family Services Memberships in October
BOD Vice President Wins Prestigious "40 Under 40" Award
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Check Out Our Cokata Wiconi
Gift Shop! 
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 corncob jelly, jalape�o jelly, spicy apple chutney, mild and spicy salsa, pickled jalape�os, dried corn, dried tea, apple butter, zucchini pasta sauce and dried jalape�os and chili peppers.

Making use of traditional Lakota foods, the gift shop also features wild plum jelly, wild grape jelly, chokecherry jelly, chokecherry syrup and dried turnips. The staff and volunteers are still hard at work preparing foods for the gift shop, so there is more to come - including strawberry and raspberry jam.
The youth project also sells postcards, ceramic coasters and CRYP T-shirts and sweatshirts through the gift shop, as well as shirts screen-printed on site at the youth project. In addition, the gift shop features 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
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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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September 2013 News
From the Executive Director:   

Julie Garreau - August 2012 Dear Friends,

September seems to by flying past us, here at CRYP on the Cheyenne River reservation! Not only did we just send 530 children off to school with all the new supplies they need, we're busy preparing an exciting "Family Fun & Fit Challenge" to commemorate National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and we're getting ready to kick off a Family Services membership drive. Because, although it's hard to believe, the 2013 Christmas Toy Drive is just around the corner... and we need to prepare for all those Dear Santa letters!

As if all that didn't keep us busy enough (along with regular open hours, meals and snacks at the Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center), we're absorbed with the fall harvest. We were blessed with null bountiful produce from our 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win garden... and while quite a bit of the food is used in our youth meals and snacks or sold in our weekly Leading Lady Farmers Market, much of it needs to be processed so we can use it throughout the long South Dakota winter and spring.
Not only will we use the canned, dried and jellied foods for meals in our centers, we will be selling it through our Cokata Wiconi Gift Shop.

In the weeks to come, we'll be sharing more information about our school-year programming and of course our upcoming Christmas Toy Drive. Until then, enjoy your fall, and best wishes from all of us at the Cheyenne River Youth Project!


Julie Garreau
Executive Director

Fun & Fit Challenge
CRYP Will Host "Family Fun & Fit Challenge on Sept. 23-27, 2013     

President Barack Obama has proclaimed September "National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month," and the Cheyenne River Youth Project� is doing its part to commemorate the occasion with its own creative stand against youth obesity on north-central South Dakota's 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation. The 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization is launching its first-ever "Family Fun & Fit Challenge" on Monday, September 23.
Challenge week will incorporate the Family Olympics on Monday, Family Walking Challenge on Tuesday, a Diabetes Prevention & Nutrition Class on Thursday, and the Family Dance-A-Thon on Friday. The events are open free to family members of all ages - from tiny tots to elders in their golden years.
"We know that obesity raises the risk of children developing a whole range of health problems, from diabetes and high blood pressure to heart disease and cancer, and every day, we see how these health problems are affecting families in our community," said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director. "So we want to commemorate National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month with a weeklong series of special events that encourage families to get active, eat nutritious foods and make healthier choices, and to do these things together."

School Supplies Drive 2013
CRYP Provides School Supplies to 530 Cheyenne River Reservation Children

The children are back in school on South Dakota's remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation, and thanks to the Cheyenne River Youth Project� in Eagle Butte, 530 of them have backpacks overflowing with essential school supplies. The annual School Supplies Drive is part of CRYP's Family Services program, which was founded in 2002 to manage the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization's influx of in-kind donations throughout the year.
Supplies included backpacks for grades 1-12, protractors, compasses, calculators, mechanical pencils, writing tablets, fat pencils, fat crayons, folders, pencil cases, notebook paper, kid-friendly scissors, erasers, glue sticks, pencils, pens and rulers. April Bachman, CRYP's finance manager, said the School Supplies Drive is the equivalent of that all-important, back-to-school shopping trip that's eagerly anticipated by children across the country.
"Every child wants to be the same as all the other kids," she explained. "For so many kids in America, heading back to school means shopping for school supplies - all the fun, exciting, colorful things for a new year. Imagine facing that first day of school empty-handed, without the tools you need to be successful. Each year, we work hard to make sure that our children don't feel different or disadvantaged and that they have a happy first day of school. That's how it should be." 
School Supplies Drive 2011
CRYP Will Offer Discount on Family Services Memberships in October

The Cheyenne River Youth Project� has announced that it will offer a discount on all Family Services annual memberships starting on Tuesday, October 1. The discount will apply to new applications and renewals, and it will be valid until Thursday, October 31.
Normally, an annual membership is priced at $30 per year. During the discount period, a Cheyenne River family can join the Family Services program for $25, and that one-time payment will cover all members of that family for the entire year. Memberships are available to anyone who lives on the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation, not just those who live in the city of Eagle Butte.
"We're eager to see all of our current families renew their memberships, and to see new families sign up for the program, by the end of October for one simple reason," said April Bachman, CRYP's finance manager. "Our annual Christmas Toy Drive is coming up, and families who are enrolled in Family Services before November 1 will be able to fill out 'Dear Santa' letters for their children and take part in this year's drive. We want to reach even more children in more reservation communities than we did in 2012."


SVice President of CRYP Board of Directors Wins Prestigious Award
Jeremy PattersonCRYP has announced that the vice president of its board of directors has won the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's prestigious "Native American 40 Under 40" award. This special award recognizes those emerging Native American, Alaska Native and First Nation citizens between 18 and 39 years of age who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication to achieve significant contributions to Native communities throughout North America.
"I'm very proud to accept this award on behalf of my tribe," Patterson said. "I would like to thank my family; my law firm, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan; and the Cheyenne River Youth Project for their continued support and opportunities to serve native communities for the collective betterment of our people."
 An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Jeremy Patterson is the son of Andrea DuBray Patterson, eldest sister to Louis, LeRoy, Elroy and Fred DuBray and Lynn LeCompte. He received his undergraduate degree from Black Hills State University, his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Master of Law (LLM) degree in American Indian and Indigenous Law from the University of Tulsa.    
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