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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
World Premiere: Lakota in America
October Celebrates Lakota Traditions & Culture
Please Support Our Christmas Toy Drive
October Hall of Fame
Order "Home" and Support CRYP
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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. 


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
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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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October 2017 News
On Sept. 27, approximately 200 members of the Cheyenne River community joined the Cheyenne River Youth Project's staff and volunteers for CRYP's 5th annual Harvest Festival Celebration. Not only did participants enjoy a beautiful, harvest-inspired meal, they were able to attend a special sneak-peek showing of a short documentary film titled "Lakota in America."

"In less than 15 minutes, this film truly captures what we're doing for all of our kids," says Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "It tells the whole story. So many of Cheyenne River's young people are struggling, trying to navigate tough choices and find their path. We're here to support and mentor them, every step of the way."

Please consider supporting our internship program, and Cheyenne River teens just like Genevieve!

Square Inc., a financial services and mobile payment company based in San Francisco, commissioned the project, which was produced by Even/Odd Films. "Lakota in America" tells the story of local teen Genevieve Iron Lightning, her involvement with CRYP and its innovative internship program, and life on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Square and Even/Odd filmmakers traveled to Eagle Butte to attend this special community event and film premiere, as did Square CEO (and founder) Jack Dorsey, who also is the CEO and co-founder of Twitter. After the film, Dorsey moderated a short Q&A panel with Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director, and Chris James, CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
Garreau and her staff presented Dorsey with a star quilt handmade by community member Bonnie LeBeaux, and then they all joined Iron Lighting and the rest of the team for an honor line.

"Lakota in America" made its worldwide debut on Facebook Live and Twitter Live at 10 a.m. Pacific on Monday, Oct. 9. It's now available online at

October was Lakol Wichohan Wi, Month of Lakota Traditions & Culture    
October is Lakol Wichohan Wi, or the Month of Lakota Traditions and Culture, at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte. To commemorate the monthly theme, as well as Native American Day on Oct. 9, the nonprofit youth organization has hosted a variety of classes in traditional Lakota arts, culture, tradition and spirituality.
At The Main youth center, children ages 4-12 learned to make miniature drums, ribbon skirts, and shields with deer or elk hides. Meanwhile, the teens at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center took a traditional ledger art class with Molina Parker and Wade Patton, both First Peoples Fund Fellows, and attended an "Awakening our Spirituality" youth conference on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21.

"We joined together with Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe MSPI, SAMHSA and Suicide Prevention to host this two-day conference, which included presentations, a DJ dance and a talent competition," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "We're happy to report that more than 300 young people participated in this important event."

Meanwhile, new cohorts embarked on the youth project's wellness and sustainable agriculture internships. The wellness interns are working toward a special field trip to Bear Butte, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28. Called Mato Paha in Lakota, the 4,426-foot geological formation has tremendous cultural and spiritual significance for the Lakota Nation and other native tribes. The teen interns need to log 10 walking and/or running miles to participate in the trip, which will include a hike to the summit.

According to Garreau, Lakol Wichohan Wi is the perfect name for the month of October.
"Since 1990, we have observed Native American Day here in South Dakota, rather than Columbus Day," she noted. "So we thought this would be the perfect month to focus our youth arts programming on traditional Lakota arts, culture, traditions and spirituality."

It's That Time of Year: Please Support CRYP's Christmas Toy Drive 

It's Christmas Toy Drive time! We have less than two months to collect, sort and wrap thousands of gifts for more than 1,500 children on the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation, and we need your help!

Christmas Toy Drive 2009 - 2

We're looking for individuals and groups to adopt and fulfill our kids' "Dear Santa" letters, and we're looking volunteers who would like to have life-changing experience here in Eagle Butte this holiday season. Learn more here about how you can help here!

October Hall of Fame:
Alyson Potter

More than decade ago, a Cheyenne River teen named Anthony Potter was a regular around CRYP's "The Main" youth center, offering volunteer service wherever and whenever it was needed. Fast forward to 2017, and quite a bit has changed: For starters, the youth project has expanded beyond The Main and is now a 5-acre campus with multiple facilities for kids ages 4 to 18.

And Anthony's 9-year-old daughter Alyson is an enthusiastic and hard-working CRYP volunteer.

She used to live with her dad in Bismarck, North Dakota, but when Anthony finished college, the duo moved home to Eagle Butte, where Alyson is in fourth grade at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Elementary School. She says she "got confident" on her 9th birthday, and now she's a regular at CRYP.

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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