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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
Adopt a "Dear Santa" Letter!
Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt
November is the Month of Giving Thanks at CRYP
Cheyenne River Handgame Workshop & Tournament on Dec. 1-2
November Hall of Fame
Order "Home" and Support 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. 


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.  


If you'd like to see a Needs List for our enrichment programs, please contact us at (605) 964-8200 or send us an email at






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 this year! 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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November 2017 News
More Than 600 "Dear Santa" Letters Still Need to Be Adopted!
Please click the link below to learn more about how you can help with the 2017 Christmas Toy Drive - from making an online donation, to adopting a "Dear Santa" letter, to volunteering with us during this holiday season! 
Every year since 1990, CRYP has undertaken the Herculean task of bringing Santa Claus to more than 1,500 children across South Dakota's remote Cheyenne River Lakota reservation. It's an initiative of massive proportions, one that requires the support of countless donors, volunteers and friends across the country and even around the world.

With less than five weeks left before the Christmas holiday, Executive Director Julie Garreau reports that more than 600 "Dear Santa" letters remain to be adopted in this year's Christmas Toy Drive.

Christmas Toy Drive 2011 (2)

Each letter contains the holiday hopes and dreams of one precious child, from eagerly wished-for toys, books, games and movies to warm winter clothing and comfortable shoes. 

"Our donors sponsor the letters, fulfilling each letter for that particular child," Garreau explains. "So, when Christmas arrives, our kids see festive packages with their names on them, and they'll see that Santa made their personal dreams come true. This is a way to show them how special and treasured they really are - to show them that someone cares."

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"They feel the added stress during the holiday season, when there is simply no room in the family budget for holiday magic, and they certainly feel the sadness when there are no gifts under the tree on Christmas morning," Garreau continues. "We feel that sadness too, because we believe all children should have this one day to experience the joy of the holiday... and to just be kids."
Enter for a Chance to Win a Handmade Lakota Star Quilt     
Tickets remain on sale for the 2017 Winter Star Quilt Giveaway, which runs through the end of the day on Saturday, Dec. 23; CRYP staff will announce the lucky winner on Tuesday, Dec. 26. This year's quilt is a very special one; hand-crafted by tribal member Bonnie LeBeaux, it tells the traditional Lakota story of the Seven Sisters.

All funds raised through ticket sales will benefit the 2017 Christmas Toy Drive, serving more than 1,500 children in 20 communities across the 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation.

You can learn more about the Seven Sisters and purchase Giveaway tickets HERE!  
There are other ways to help, such as selling tickets for CRYP; for details, click HERE .

More than 100 Cheyenne River community members attended this year's Thanks for Kids Dinner at CRYP.
November is "Wopila Keniciapi Wi," the Month of Giving Thanks, at CRYP   
To commemorate the Wopila Keniciapi Wi theme, we recently hosted our annual "Thanks for Kids" dinner at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life). We welcomed more than 100 guests for the special gathering, which we held on Friday, Nov. 17.
Youth, their families and all members of the Cheyenne River community joined our staff and volunteers for a traditional holiday-inspired dinner, with a variety of dishes that incorporated produce from our 2.5-acre, organic Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden.

Teens with the T-shirts they created in Louis and Gina Still Smoking's woodblocking design workshop.
We also continued our Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Arts Institute's robust programming schedule. This month's activities included a professional artist training and a portfolio-making workshop with Unalee Howe; smudging presentation and kit-making workshop with Dana Dupris; art camp with Lynn Burnette; and a woodblocking design workshop with Louis and Gina Still Smoking.
 "The spirit of gift-giving was behind all of our arts activities this month," Garreau explains. "We encouraged our kids to make their own holiday presents for loved ones and friends this year."

Wakpá Wasté Háŋpapȟečuŋpi Workshop & Tournament is Coming Up on Dec. 1-2     
CRYP will be hosting the Wakpá Wasté Háŋpapȟečuŋpi - or Cheyenne River Handgame - Workshop & Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2 at its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.

November Hall of Fame:
Juell Twite

When Juell Twite was a young child growing up in Eagle Butte, she wanted to join the other kids at CRYP's The Main youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds. Sadly, health issues kept her close to home - until one summer day, when she was a teenager.

"I was sitting at home feeling sad, because it was summer, and I had nothing to do," Juell remembers. "Then my mom asked me if I wanted to try something new at the youth project's teen center. She said there would be other kids my age."

Order "Home" and Support CRYP!
One hundred percent of the proceeds from book sales benefit the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project.

Order books here .
For more details about the project, and to order fine-art prints (100% of proceeds also benefit CRYP), visit and click "Photography."
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 CRYP and its programs, 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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