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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
TOMORROW: Harvest Festival & Film Premiere
New RedCan Mini-Documentary, 2018 Dates
Applications Available for "Growing Into Wowachinyepi"
Book2Movie Club Takes on "IT"
September 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!
Main Birthday Party 1
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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September 2017 News
TOMORROW: Harvest Festival Celebration & Film Premiere at CRYP! 
The Cheyenne River Youth Project will be hosting its 5th annual Harvest Festival Celebration for the Cheyenne River Lakota reservation community at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 27. The event is open free to the public and will include a couple of very special additions this year.
Following the evening meal, attendees will be able to attend the premiere of a short documentary film that tells the story of a local teen, her involvement with the youth project and its innovative internship program, and life on Cheyenne River. San Francisco-based Square Inc. produced the film, and its team will be on site for the premiere.
And, the film will be followed by a short Q&A panel with Jack Dorsey, the CEO and founder of Square - and the CEO and co-founder of Twitter.

If you're in the area, please join us!

RSVP for Harvest Festival & Film Premiere.
View other documentaries from Square Inc.
And learn more here!
September was Wakagapi Wi, Month of Creativity, at CRYP   
September was Wakagapi Wi, or the Month of Creativity, at the Cheyenne River Youth Project. To commemorate the occasion, the nonprofit youth organization is hosted a variety of art classes for young people ages 13-18 at its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center: mixed media art, ribbon-skirt making, native fashion and graffiti art.

Guest instructors included visiting artists Kazilla, East, and Scape Martinez, and local artists Bonnie LeBeau and Gina Still Smoking.

Denver-based artist East, who taught "Advanced Graffiti" to CRYP interns.

"These classes provided important opportunities to learn about new artistic mediums, share creative ideas, and explore personal style," said Julie Garreau, executive director. "We also provided stipends to the young people who made a commitment and completed the coursework."

Teens had the opportunity to participate in two sessions of "Native Fashion Design" with Gina Still Smoking.

"Scape Martinez Graffiti Academy" for artists of all skill levels closed out the Month of Creativity at CRYP.

Learn more about Wakagapi Wi, CRYP's art classes and our guest instructors here!

CRYP Hosted Lakota Graffiti Jam During Annual CRST Fair, Rodeo & Powwow 
CRYP hosted a one-day, invitational Lakota Graffiti Jam in conjunction with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's annual Fair, Rodeo and Powwow weekend. The invitational graffiti jam took place Friday, Sept. 1 in CRYP's Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park.

Painting in the park were local Lakota artists Rehst, Leland Benoist and Kelly Wooden Knife, and eight teens who are participating in CRYP's art internship program. The First People's Fund's Rolling Rez Arts bus also was on site for youth art activities, DJ Micah was spinning tunes for artists and guests alike, the crowd enjoyed a spoken-word performance by Trenton Bakeberg Casillas, and Dakota South Records took the stage for a free public concert at 4 p.m.

"We were honored to host the Lakota Graffiti Jam for our community," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "It was wonderful to celebrate our local Lakota artists of all ages, enjoy music in the art park, and spend time with our friends and neighbors during the annual fair. It was a beautiful way to end the summer season."

Book2Movie Club Takes on a Stephen King Classic

We recently took our Book2Movie Club teens to see "IT," the recent film adaptation of Stephen King's famous book. After reading hundreds and hundreds of pages (it's a long book!), the kids enjoyed the movie, commenting that it was very different from the book but perhaps better than the original movie.
They also said the clown was far scarier in this film adaptation. Yikes.
Teen intern Emmanuel Semon.

September Hall of Fame:
Daniel & Emmanuel Semon

When CRYP launched the innovative teen internship program three years ago, we hoped that the different opportunities in sustainable agriculture, social enterprise, wellness and art would allow our young people to explore their interests and passions, develop the job and life skills that would serve them well in the years to come, and envision a vibrant future in which they would thrive.

Teen intern Daniel Semon, at far right.

For teen brothers Daniel and Emmanuel Semon, who grew up in Eagle Butte, art was the initial gateway to all of that.
Read more of their story here!


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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