Cheyenne River Youth Project

Board of Directors

Jeremy Patterson

An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Jeremy Patterson currently works as an attorney with Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP, a Native American law firm with offices in California, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. He previously worked as a law clerk for both the Native American Rights Fund and the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and also holds an LL.M (Master of Laws) degree in American Indian and indigenous law from the University of Tulsa. As an LL.M candidate, Jeremy studied at the Geneva Comparative Law Institute in Switzerland, hosted by current and former United Nations representatives. While at the University of Wisconsin, he served as vice-president of the Indian Law Student Association, co-organized the university’s annual Coming together of the People Conference and participated in a student exchange program with the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Karla Abbott
Vice President

Karla Abbott teaches behavioral health nursing. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Karla is involved in research that preserves the health of Native Americans and increases Native American participation in the STEM fields. Karla is faculty advisor to the Augustana Nursing Student Association (ANSA). She received her B.S.N. from Michigan State University, her master’s in nursing from Augustana, and her DNP from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.

Jeffrey Meyer

Jeffrey Meyer graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in finance. He also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in finance, with honors, from San Diego State University. Jeffrey is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder and is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. He also holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. He joined SeaCrest in 2008 and has more than 14 years of service in the financial services industry. Since moving home to South Dakota from California 10 years ago, Jeffrey has served on the board of directors for Catholic Social Services, and he remains on the finance committee. He has been an active member of Rushmore Rotary; in his time with Rotary, he has worked to support Storybook Island and served as youth exchange coordinator, member of the board of directors and member of various fundraising committees.

Peggy Gallipo

An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a lifelong resident of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Peggy Gallipo has been a speech language pathologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for nearly two decades. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology and audiology and a Master of Science degree in speech language pathology. She is a member of Parent Connection and the State Youth Dakota Task Force to Establish Benchmarks for Early Childhood, and she co-authored research on culturally relevant language assessments. Peggy has been a member of the Cheyenne River Youth Project® Board of Directors for more than 10 years, and she is past vice president of the Board of Directors.

Lonnie Heier

Recently appointed to the Cheyenne River Youth Project Board of Directors, Lonnie has been a proud supporter and advocate of the youth organization for years. As owner and operator of two Dairy Queen franchises, one located in Eagle Butte, Lonnie brings a wide variety of business and management experience to the organization. Also serving on the Four Bands Community Fund board, he is committed to advancing opportunities for youth and community members on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation. Lonnie resides in Pierre, SD with his family.

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Mission & History

In 1988, Julie Garreau and a group of volunteers founded CRYP in a defunct bar on Eagle Butte’s Main Street. We’ve come a long way since then. Learn more about our Mission and History.


CRYP wouldn’t be where it is today without our resourceful, hard-working staff members, who routinely go well beyond the call of duty to serve our children, families and community. Learn more about our Staff.

Board of Directors

We are fortunate to have the support of a dedicated group of local and regional community leaders, who consistently offer their guidance as CRYP continues to grow and evolve. Learn more about our Board of Directors. 

Advisory Board

As we pursue our ongoing mission in the Cheyenne River community, and engage with partners across the country, CRYP also calls on a team of valued professionals for advice and expertise. Learn more about CRYP’s Advisory Board.



A core component of our mission is to offer safe, positive, healthy spaces for our young people, families and community members to gather, exchange ideas, learn, socialize and thrive. Learn more about our Facilities.

Honors & Awards

Through the years, CRYP’s efforts have been recognized by a variety of regional and national organizations. Learn more about Our Honors and Awards.


We strive to keep our partners, supporters and friends up to date on all the latest happenings here at CRYP. Click here to see our Publications.


CRYP is dedicated to full transparency. Click here for our latest Financial statements and 990.




702 4th Street

P.O. Box 410

Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Phone: 1-605-964-8200

Fax: 1-605-964-8201

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