About

To provide our youth access to a vibrant future through a variety of culturally-sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities.

CRYP, established in 1988, has become an essential youth and family services organization, integral to the Cheyenne River Reservation’s support system, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Our organization has become vital not only because we provide innovative youth programming and family services, but also because we are a grassroots initiative tailored to meet the needs of our community. With over 369 family memberships reservation wide, CRYP represents local problem solving for critical community concerns.

CRYP is a well-rounded service organization comprised of four major components; the Main Youth Center, the Family Services Program, the 2 1/2 acre Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady”) Garden and now Ċokata Wiċoni Teen Center (“Center of Life”). These four components create a collaborative synergy and represent the holistic approach of the Cheyenne River Youth Project toward assessing and meeting community needs.

1. Poverty has a profound effect on family structure and self-esteem, which contributes to a variety of social ills.

2. The way we treat our children in need is a measure of the quality of our humanity.

3. Creating stable environments where our children can learn, love and grow will create a generation committed to building strong, self-reliant families.