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This Summer: 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
RedCan Attracts Artists & Supporters from Around the World
CRYP Interns Learn Arts of Stenciling & Paper Collage
National Park Service Grant Allows Youth to Visit Sacred Sites
Partner of the Month: Eagle Butte's Dairy Queen
NOW HIRING: Deputy Director
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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 in 2014-15! Every dollar makes such a difference in the lives of Cheyenne River's children.

Meet Our
Board of Directors
Jeremy Patterson

Guthrie Ducheneaux

Peggy Gallipo
Jeffrey Meyer
Karla Abbott
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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June 2015 News

RedCan Attracts Artists and Supporters from Around the World

It's almost here. Indian country's first-ever graffiti jam is just three weeks away, and it's built incredible momentum. The Cheyenne River Youth Project® staff reports that acclaimed artists, valued supporters and friends will converge on Eagle Butte, South Dakota, from around the world.
The revolutionary arts event, titled RedCan, is scheduled for July 8-9 in Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, where activities will take place in CRYP's 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi ("Winter Count") Art Park and at select sites around the community. From there, artists will head west for a second RedCan event in Rapid City's Art Alley.
Headline artists include East Foster from Denver (above), Kazilla from Miami, Meme from southern California (at right), Tyler "Siamese" Read from Rapid City, and Peyton Scott Russell, Biafra Inc. and Wundr from Minnesota's Twin Cities. Also on hand will be a variety of native and non-native artists, hip-hop groups, native drum groups and native dancers.
According to Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director, several of the featured artists have broadened their involvement beyond painting at RedCan.
 "Peyton, Siamese and Biafra Inc. have been guest instructors for our first cohort of teen art interns," she explained. "East has been a wonderful support for us. And Meme will present a special skateboard exhibition while she's in Eagle Butte, so our youth are really looking forward to that."

A variety of native and non-native artists, hip-hop groups, native drum groups and native dancers will be on hand as well.

Please consider donating funds to support this exciting inaugural event!

 Garreau said she believes RedCan resonates with so many people because of art's healing power.

"Art can change lives for the better, giving young people an opportunity to express their life stories, their opinions and their own unique identities in a healthy way," she said. "That means everything to us, because at its heart, CRYP is about healing - becoming whole."

CRYP Interns Learn Arts of Stenciling and Paper Collage

CRYP's first cohort art interns had a busy spring, studying the history of graffiti and street art, learning the art of creative lettering, and exploring how community art parks like CRYP's new, 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi ("Winter Count") Art Park can be tools for critical change. In late April, the six art interns delved into stenciling with guest instructor Biafra Inc., an accomplished stencil artist based in Minnesota's Twin Cities; in late May, they worked on collage with fellow Minneapolis-based artist and art instructor Peyton Scott Russell.
During his April course at CRYP's East Lincoln Street campus, Biafra introduced the staff and interns to common stenciling tools such as knives, papers and paints, and then they had an opportunity to practice making lines and curves. They worked on understanding, locating and cutting bridges - the most complicated part of the process - and practiced on images and letters that would be used in their final project.
"First, we learned a little about the history of stenciling, and Biafra talked with us about how he became a stencil artist," said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director. "We all practiced learning how to use the instruments necessary for stenciling before we decided what stencil to use. The, we made a large-scale stencil and learned can control and styling."
Each student created a stencil that fit together with everyone else's to create one long piece of artwork. Then, they filled in the area around the stencil with the images they'd cut earlier in the day. The final project is now on display in the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park.
"The kids loved Biafra," Eagle Hunter said. "They enjoyed his class and eagerly invited him to come back and teach them - as long, and as much, as he wanted!"

As this newsletter went to press, the interns were busy with the third installment of Peyton's "Art of Creative Lettering" workshops, which involves the use of aerosol. Learn more about CRYP's art internship program here!

National Park Service Grant Allows Youth to Visit Sacred Sites  

CRYP has received National Park Service funds in the amount of $2,250. These funds will allow the 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization to organize a two-day youth trip to Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming and Bear Butte State Park in South Dakota.
This NPS grant was made available to native not-for-profit and youth organizations so they could pursue initiatives that would connect young people to the places of their ancestors and introduce them to the work of the National Park Service. The funds provide vital assistance to offset the travel costs associated with getting native youth to NPS sites.
CRYP is planning to take 15 teens and five adult chaperones on NPS site visits, which will have both recreational and educational purposes. According to Julie Garreau, executive director, the youth project's first two priorities are Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming and Bear Butte State Park in South Dakota, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1981. Both parks are sacred sites for the Lakota Nation.  

Partner of the Month:
Eagle Butte's Dairy Queen
This month, CRYP would like to highlight a community partner that is very near and dear to our hearts: Dairy Queen in Eagle Butte.

Since 2010, DQ owners Lonnie and Jackie Heier have been valued partners in the annual Sweet Tooth for Youth fundraiser. In this popular fundraising event, $1 of every malt, shake, Blizzard and Orange Julius purchase is donated to CRYP to support its youth programming and services. The 6th annual Sweet Tooth for Youth fundraiser took place on May 10-16 and raised $1,130 - an impressive number, given the cold, wet, uncooperative weather.

According to the Heiers, Sweet Tooth for Youth actually has two goals. One is raising funds. The other is raising awareness about the 26-year-old, not-for-profit, grassroots youth project's ongoing mission in the Cheyenne River community.

"CRYP does so much for this community," Lonnie Heier says. "Its impact on the children simply can't be overstated. You take one step onto the CRYP campus, and you can't help but notice that it's a positive place. Julie and her team do a fantastic job teaching the kids, keeping them safe, and helping them reach their full potential. Dairy Queen is proud to be a supporter of this organization."

Deputy Director (Focus: Development)
The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it is seeking a deputy director to join its staff full time. The salaried position will include benefits, with salary dependent on the select candidate's qualifications.
"For us to continue pursuing our mission and long-term vision for CRYP as a holistic wellness facility for youth and an authentic gathering place for our community, we need a deputy director with a specific focus on development and growth activities," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director.
For a complete, downloadable position description, click here. And for details regarding the application process, visit our Employment & Internships page.


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, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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