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Volunteer with CRYP in 2015!
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
Coming This Summer: RedCan, Indian Country's First Graffiti Jam
Art Interns Prepare for Graffiti Art Workshop on March 27-28
CRYP Invests in Valuable Staff Training
March Partner of the Month: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
CRYP Hall of Fame: Joseph White Eyes
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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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March 2015 News

Coming This Summer: RedCan, Indian Country's First Graffiti Jam

This summer, nationally acclaimed graffiti artists from around the country will converge on South Dakota's remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation for what will be a first in Indian country: a graffiti jam. Called RedCan, the two-day event is scheduled to take place on July 8-9 at CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi ("Winter Count") Art Park in Eagle Butte, and on July 11 at Art Alley in Rapid City.
Featured artists, who will be painting alongside local artists and community members, include: East Foster, from Denver (see above photo); Peyton Scott Russell, from Minneapolis; Tyler "Siamese" Read, from Rapid City; and many more. Also on hand will be a variety of hip-hop groups, native drum groups and native dancers, ensuring that RedCan will be a high-energy merging of graffiti culture and Lakota culture.
"I find this jam unique because it's a tour of two cities, promoting two artistic venues that support graffiti art - Waniyetu Wowapi and Art Alley," Peyton said. "All the artists will travel together, like a field trip. We'll collaborate, share, show off, and jam together over three days in two cities. I can't think of any jam or festival that has this kind of setup."

Please consider donating funds to support this exciting inaugural event!

"Not only does an event like this enhance our community pride, event-related tourism will provide an appreciated economic boost for our local businesses and artists," said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director. "We're deeply grateful to East, Siamese, Peyton and the rest of the participants for their commitment and their willingness to help bring RedCan to life."

CRYP Art Interns Prepare for Graffiti Art Workshop on March 27-28

CRYP's inaugural art internship program is in full swing. Later this month, acclaimed Minneapolis-based artist and art instructor Peyton Scott Russell will travel to the CRYP campus to teach the first of three graffiti art workshops; 10 art interns will be participating in the workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 27-28 at the Cokata Wiconi ("Center of Life") teen center.
The three 2015 workshops are part of the artist's innovative "Art of Creative Lettering" course. Peyton (as he is known professionally) said the course allows students to explore graffiti as a fine art form, to define their own distinct identities and personas, to articulate the stories they want to tell, and to create something new and positive with what they've learned.
CRYP staff members already have participated in similar workshops with Peyton, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and current Bush Fellow, who first came to the Cheyenne River reservation in May 2014 to teach a five-day "Art of Creative Lettering" course for local youth at the Cokata Wiconi teen center. The resulting youth art show provided the foundation for what would become the 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi ("Winter Count") Art Park later in the year.
"Peyton's arrival last year was a catalyst for us," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "Not only did he introduce our staff and many of our teens to graffiti art and produce the 'Lakota Style' mural that appears on the side of Eagle Butte's old bowling alley, the art show he put together opened our eyes to what a public art space could be."

This spring's art interns are Justin Cook-Twite, 17, Jacine Carter, 16, Fentress Cromwell, 16, John Chavez, 15, Tylaina Dupris, 14, Jaymalee Turning Heart, 14, Kellyn Circle Eagle, 14, Sappire Lucero, 13, Miranda Vines, 13, and Xandria Norris, 13.

This Spring, CRYP Invests in Valuable Staff Training Sessions 

This spring, CRYP is investing in a series of valuable staff training and development sessions that will enhance staff members' ability to serve local youth and their families at every level. The sessions cover a broad range of subjects and are taking place this month and in April.
Already complete is "Compassion Fatigue Training" with Denise Casillas. She has a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota and is currently the director of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's Four Bands Healing Center.

The CRYP staff also has completed "Motivational Interviewing," "Empowering Defiant Teenagers," "Non-defensive Communication," "Anxiety in Kids, Teens and Adults," and "Crisis Intervention" with visiting facilitator Alex "Shoshi" Fertig. This former CRYP volunteer earned her bachelor's degree in social welfare at the University of Washington in Seattle and a master's degree in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania. (She is pictured above, during her 2008 volunteer service with CRYP.)

Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director, noted that every staff member is deeply invested in the 26-year-old, not-for-profit's future and the long-term well-being of Cheyenne River youth. "We are a team," she said. "Together, we work hard to add to our skill sets so we can serve our young people to the very best of our ability." To learn more, click here.

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March Partner of the Month:
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe   

This month, we would like to shine the spotlight on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe here in north-central South Dakota. Over the years, our tribe has supported us in a variety of ways, each of which has been critical as we pursue our mission in the Cheyenne River community.

Not only is the Cheyenne River Youth Project included in the tribe's general operating budget each year, CRST has provided valuable additional funding through the Tribal Equitable Compensation Act (TECA) in recent years.

CRST's Tribal Health Department also provides much-needed support for our youth programming and ongoing staff development, primarily through Four Bands Healing Center. And, its Alcohol and Beverage Commission (ABC) provides assistance with food and beverages for special youth and community events.

Four Bands Healing Center and CRST ABC have both been key partners in our annual Passion for Fashion program, our annual Run of the Turtles community fun run (see photo), our Spring Family Festivals, and our regular basketball tournaments and other youth sporting events at the Cokata Wiconi ("Center of Life") teen center. Learn more about this valuable partnership here

Hall of Fame: Joseph White Eyes
This month, we're featuring a young man who is an alumnus of The Main youth center and the Cokata Wiconi ("Center of Life") teen center. His name is Joseph White Eyes, and we are proud to say that he is a member of our staff.

An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Joseph grew up in Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, and he graduated from Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School in spring 2013. As a high school student, he volunteered at CRYP through a variety of teen internship and leadership programs, including the Junior Volunteer program, Youth Leaders in Service, Power of Four, and Community Volunteering.

"I grew up with the Cheyenne River Youth Project, starting as a six- or seven-year-old boy," Joseph says. "I guess you can say I never left. This organization gave me so much when I was so little, and now I feel it's my time to do my part and give back."

To learn more about Joseph, click 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, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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