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Keya Gift Shop Online: OCTOBER SPECIAL!
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
CRYP Releases 2018 RedCan Documentary
Square & CRYP Receive David D. Rockefeller Award
2018 Christmas Toy Drive is Now Under Way!
Annual Harvest Festival Dinner Draws Community to Cokata Wiconi
Hall of Fame: Madisyn DuBray
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Select items from CRYP's Keya (Turtle) Gift Shop are now available online, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization's youth programming and family services.


Throughout the month of October, CRYP is selling its 15-ounce Keya Cafe mugs for $9 each (normally $10). 
See above photo. Also available for purchase online are RedCan, CRYP, and Four Horsemen of the Lakota mugs.

By supporting the Keya Gift Shop, you're also supporting  local artists and craftspeople; our youth artists, who are learning how their creative passions might translate to possible career opportunities; and our teen interns, who work in our gift shop every day, developing valuable skills in customer service, financial literacy and business management.


CRYP is actively seeking volunteers to work at our Eagle Butte campus. 


If you are interested in applying for our volunteer program, please click here to learn more!



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

Kibbe Conti
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 made an online purchase?

Amazon 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 2018 News
RedCan 2018 Documentary (8 min)
RedCan 2018 Documentary (8 min)

CRYP Releases Short Documentary Film for RedCan 2018

This past week, CRYP officially released its 2018 RedCan mini-documentary.

This is where graffiti culture and Lakota culture come together.
This is where lives are changed forever.
This is RedCan 2018.

Executive Director Julie Garreau joins the 2018 RedCan artists in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park.

Learn more about our annual, award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam here. You also can see our "RedCan Perspectives" micro documentaries and additional coverage from the event on our YouTube Channel.

Square's Sean Conroy, left, with Executive Director Julie Garreau and Camilla Rockefeller, right; photograph by Sylvain Gaboury, courtesy of Americans for the Arts.

Square & CRYP Receive David D. Rockefeller pARTnership Award in NYC 

On Oct. 2, Square and CRYP were awarded the David D. Rockefeller pARTnership Award at the BCA 10 black-tie gala at the Loeb Boathouse in New York's Central Park. 

Each year, Americans for the Arts--through its Business Committee for the Arts program--recognizes 10 businesses of all sizes for exceptional involvement with the arts that enriches the workplace, education and the community. At the culmination of its annual gala event, it also bestows the BCA Leadership Award and David D. Rockefeller pARTnership Award.

Camilla Rockefeller presented the David D. Rockefeller award, which is named for her grandfather, to Square and CRYP. This special award recognizes a company and an arts organization for an exceptional project, program or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration or exchange between the two. Learn more here!

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CRYP Launches 2018 Christmas Toy Drive, Prepares to Serve 1,500+

For most people, October means fall decorations, carving pumpkins and planning costumes. Here at CRYP, however, October means Christmas.

This month, CRYP officially launched its 2018 Christmas Toy Drive, which serves more than 1,500 children in 20 communities across South Dakota's remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. The grassroots, nonprofit youth organization is seeking organizational partners and individual supporters around the country to help fulfill the many hundreds of "Dear Santa" letters that will flood into CRYP headquarters in the weeks to come.

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"October is our membership renewal month for our Family Services program," explains Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "When families renew their annual memberships, they receive 'Dear Santa' letters for each child in their households. The children fill out those letters with their heartfelt Christmas wishes, and they return them to us by Nov. 15."

Launched in 1990, the Christmas Toy Drive is the longest-running, most deeply beloved distribution in CRYP's Family Services program, and it's a herculean undertaking. It's not only about the sheer numbers; it's about the unique format of this particular toy drive.


Harvest Festival Dinner Draws
Community Members to Cokata Wiconi

CRYP hosted its annual Harvest Festival Dinner for the community on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Open free to the public, the special event drew community members of all ages to Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) for an evening of fellowship and great food.

Designed to celebrate CRYP's Native Food Sovereignty initiatives and the abundant harvest from the 2-acre, organic Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden, the Harvest Festival incorporated homemade menu items such as sautéed spaghetti squash, stew, wojapi, fresh bread, salads, casseroles, carrot cake, zucchini bread and more. Many of the dishes also included fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce from Winyan Toka Win.

"Along with the harvest, we also celebrated the many ways our garden helps strengthen our connections to Lakota values and life ways," says Jerica Widow, CRYP's youth programs director.

"This year marks 30 years of service to the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation," she continues. "We're going all-out in our efforts to show our community and our children how much they mean to us."

October Hall of Fame:
Madisyn DuBray

Basketball is a big deal on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Lakota youth have a great passion for the sport, so it's perhaps unsurprising that many of them first find their way into Cheyenne River Youth Project programs via our full-size Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life).
One of those young people is Madisyn DuBray. Now 15, Madisyn first started coming to CRYP as a sixth-grader who was keen to work on her game; while she enjoyed playing ball and spending time with friends, she started noticing other opportunities for teens.

"I realized I wanted to take part in the internship program, because I wanted an idea of what working would be like," she says. 

Madisyn completed a Social Enterprise Internship, which allowed her to work in the farm-to-table Keya (Turtle) Cafe & Coffeeshop. As a social enterprise for the nonprofit, grassroots youth organization, all proceeds from the cafe benefit CRYP's ongoing programming and services. Interns not only learn about food preparation and handling, they gain valuable business skills such as financial literacy and customer service.

"My responsibilities included making sure the food got to the right people, making coffee drinks and smoothies, and cleaning," Madisyn explains. "It was a lot of cleaning, cooking and helping customers."

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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