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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
Enter to Win an Authentic Lakota Star Quilt
Cheyenne River Youth Study Drawing at Lakota Arts Institute
Midnight Basketball's 20th Anniversary Summer Season Comes to an End
CRYP Welcomes New Social Enterprises Manager
September Hall of Fame: Randi Little Star
Order "Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation" Today
We Need You This Fall & Winter: Consider Volunteering with 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. 


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 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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September 2016 News

The handmade Lakota star quilt "Prairie Winter."

Enter to Win an Authentic Lakota Star Quilt & Support CRYP!

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that tickets are now on sale for its annual Winter Star Quilt Raffle. CRYP will hold the drawing for the winner of the handmade, queen-size, authentic Lakota star quilt on Monday, December 26.
Bonnie LeBeau, a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member, hand-crafted the seasonally inspired quilt, which has been named "Prairie Winter." According to Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director, all funds raised through the raffle will benefit the youth project's ongoing youth programming and family services.
"We're hoping to raise $3,000 in this year's star quilt raffle," Garreau said. "Those funds will go directly to our youth programs, which serve children ages 4 to 18 in our community."
She noted that the public can assist with this important fundraiser in three ways. Supporters may buy tickets, offer to sell tickets, and help spread the word by telling family and friends and by sharing raffle details through social media.

Click here to learn more about how to buy tickets and how you can help!

Lead art instructor Peyton Scott Russell with LAI drawing students at the youth project campus.

Cheyenne River Youth Study Drawing at Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute

This month, students participating in the Cheyenne River Youth Project's new Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Arts Institute are studying drawing under the direction of accomplished Minneapolis-based artist and teacher Peyton Scott Russell. Peyton, as he's known professionally, is in the process of building the LAI curriculum for fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts; eventually, programming also will incorporate
music and movement, commercial arts, full internships/peer mentor program.
Peyton has been working with CRYP since 2014. Not only did he work closely with the youth project to develop an arts curriculum for regular youth workshops and the innovative teen arts internship program, he was instrumental in the development of the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park and the ground-breaking RedCan graffiti jam.

"We're deeply grateful to Peyton, for being so dedicated to the development of our arts programming," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "His expertise was essential as we began arts instruction, developed our teen internships and gradually built the framework for what has become LAI."

Midnight Basketball Program Concludes 20th Anniversary Season      

CRYP has commemorated a very special milestone, concluding the 20th anniversary summer season of Midnight Basketball at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.
According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP's youth programs director, Midnight Basketball attracted between 50 and 100 teens each weekend. They came from communities across the Cheyenne River reservation to play ball, participate in a variety of games-including Around the World, Knockout and 3-Point Contest-and to compete in 5-on-5 tournaments.
For many of these teens, the Midnight Basketball program is about more than simply finding a positive, safe space to connect with friends on a Friday night.
"I work hard and dedicate myself to basketball," said local teen Charlie Kunz. "I see what goes on around here, and I see how so many people never get to show their talents to the world. I know what I can get out of it and what I'm capable of, if I continue to do well."
Tyra Lends His Horse agreed, noting, "It's not how good you are at basketball. It's how good you want to be down the road."
For other teens, the importance of the program goes even a step farther than that. "Basketball isn't just a daily sport for me," Randi Little Star said. "It's a lifestyle that I chose."

CRYP Welcomes New Social Enterprises Manager, Molly Vetter
Molly Vetter has joined CRYP's full-time staff as the new social enterprises manager. Vetter, a native of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has returned to her hometown to join the CRYP team.
As social enterprises manager, Vetter will be responsible for the nonprofit youth project's farm-to-table Keya (Turtle) Cafe, the Keya Gift Shop, and the seasonal Leading Lady Farmers Market. She will manage a critical two-year grant from the Northwest Area Foundation dedicated to supporting the development of social enterprises that generate income while advancing the social good.

The grant supports "Growing the Next Generation Lakota Workforce," a core CRYP initiative that incorporates its innovative and highly acclaimed Social Enterprise and Sustainable Agriculture teen internship programs. Eighty-eight teens are expected to graduate from these internship programs in the next two years.
"At CRYP, social enterprises aren't just about revenue," said Julie Garreau, CRYP's executive director. "They're about healing and empowering our young people, building healthy and whole adults, and effecting lasting change in our community through the next generation."

Learn more about Molly here!

September CRYP Hall of Fame: 
Randi Little Star       

In the years since we launched our Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center's internship programs, we've learned two very important things. Cheyenne River's teens crave opportunities to learn new job and life skills, and they welcome mentorships that inspire them and encourage them to imagine all the possibilities for the future.

Some of these teens desire and appreciate these experiences so much, they sign up for every internship we offer. Randi Little Star, 16, is one of them. This active 10th-grader has completed Sustainable Agriculture, Social Enterprise and Wellness internships, and she's currently working her way through the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Teen Arts Internship.

"I signed up for all the internships because I like helping people, and I really wanted to gain more experience in all these different areas," Randi says. "I'd like to do even more, because I enjoy the tasks, and I love learning new things every day."

Learn more about Randi here!

Order CRYP's Coffee Table Book
"Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation"

One hundred percent of the proceeds from book sales benefit the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project®.
Order books here .

Be sure to click "See all 3 formats and editions" and then the arrow next to "hardcover" - three versions are available, from 8x10 to 11x13, in hardcover and paperback. To order more than 10 copies, please contact the creative team at, as discounts may be available for large orders.
For more details about the project, and to order fine-art prints (100% of proceeds also benefit CRYP), visit and click "Photography." 


Volunteer Positions Available Now

Most people may not be aware that CRYP relies heavily on volunteers to keep its doors open, its programs running, and its services flowing to the Cheyenne River community. While we do expect to welcome volunteers to our Eagle Butte campus for the Christmas Toy Drive, we are facing a critical volunteer shortage this fall, and we anticipate another shortage after the New Year.

Please learn more about our volunteer program, and how to apply, here!

The youth project welcomes individuals and groups for short- and long-term stays.
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, Instagram and Twitter.


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