Other Distributions

Winter Clothing Distribution

Each winter, CRYP hosts a special Winter Clothing Distribution in which families can receive winter coats, snow boots and and other winter wear. Items such as children’s books often are available as well. Heads of households must be present, and we encourage all children to attend so they can try on the clothing and shoes to make sure they fit.

As with all of our distributions: If someone is not a current Family Services member, he or she may purchase a new membership that day to participate in the event.

School Supplies Drive

On the Cheyenne River reservation, which comprises two of the poorest counties in the nation, most families don’t have room in their budgets for annual school supplies. That’s why staff and volunteers at CRYP work so hard to organize and distribute these much-needed items to their community’s schoolchildren. We believe that every child deserves to start the new school year with the tools he or she needs to be successful. They also should be able to enjoy the excitement, anticipation and fun of preparing for the first day of school.

At our annual School Supplies Distribution, our kids are able to choose their favorite items, help their parents make sure they’ve gotten everything on their lists, connect with friends, and be able to start the new year at the same starting line as everyone else.

Families who aren’t able to attend the distribution itself are welcome to visit Cokata Wiconi at a later date to choose their school supplies. Each year, CRYP serves approximately 800 Cheyenne River children at the scheduled August distribution and in the days and weeks to follow. Learn more about our school supplies drive.



In an effort to empower our families and place their future in their own hands, CRYP offers a membership program, whereby families of our youth participants pay an annual fee of $30 to have access to special services and supplies. Learn more about Family Services Membership.

Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive

For many years now, the Cheyenne River Youth Project has been bringing joy to families on Christmas day through our annual Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive. The Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive is not just about the gifts that children receive under their tree – it is about the gift of hope and wishes fulfilled. Learn more about the Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive.

Other Services

The Family Services Program also provides many other services and assistance programs, some of which are seasonal or annual. Learn more about Other Services.