Jeremy Patterson, President

Jeremy Patterson is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Minicoujou/Itazipco Lakota) and is a founding partner of Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson, LLP, a law firm specializing in the practice of Federal Indian law. Mr. Patterson received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Master of Laws degree in American Indian and Indigenous Law from the University of Tulsa. As part of his Master of Laws thesis, Mr. Patterson developed a legal history of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the first published comprehensive legal history of an American Indian tribe that fully documents the evolution of a tribe’s legal, economic social and political systems.

Mr. Patterson focuses his practice on representing American Indian tribes and tribal organizations in a vast array of areas including tribal government representation, tribal economic development, revision of tribal constitutions, management of water resources, and water rights settlement claims. Mr. Patterson also assists Tribal clients with energy development and policy issues, oil and gas development agreements, midstream projects and other permitting and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Patterson is the past recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) Native American 40 Under 40 Award, has been listed in the “The Best Lawyers in America©” and recognized by Denver based 5280 Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Native American Law for 2017 and 2018.

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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.


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