The Main
Our youth center is many things to the 4- to 12-year-olds on Cheyenne River. It’s place to come when there is no where else to go, a place to learn and explore, a place to play and socialize with friends, and a place to receive a healthy, hot meal. We have carefully created each program and activity with the idea that every child deserves the chance to have a healthy and happy future.

This is where we make our first contact with youth on Cheyenne River, and we pride ourselves on being able to establish strong relationships that will last for many years. At The Main, we lay the groundwork for these long-term relationships, instilling core values that will help our little ones make a successful transition to young adulthood.

Explore our programs by clicking on the links to the right, to learn more about what we are doing for Cheyenne River’s youth. If you, your family or your organization would like to contribute to our efforts, please visit our Volunteering or Help CRYP sections for more information.

Explore The Main

Arts & Crafts

All cultures utilize the arts to provide social commentary, whether it is the expression of emotions, the documentation of historical events, or the preservation of heritage. The Lakota, also, have a rich history as craftspeople and artisans, a tradition that CRYP respects and promotes in its activities. Learn more about Arts & Crafts at the Main.


At CRYP, literacy is not just about reading. It’s about developing comprehension skills, exploring new ways to express yourself, and appreciating different forms of communication. And, it’s about having fun. Learn more about Literacy at the Main.


A healthy body is vital for improving self-esteem, gaining confidence and keeping the mind open to new ideas and information. Through our Wellness activities, our children enjoy recreation, mentorship and teamwork while learning new skills. Learn more about Wellness at the Main.

Main University

Through an innovative series of staff- and volunteer-taught classes in a variety of subjects, our award-winning Main University enhances children’s current school experience—and lays the groundwork for the whole new world of higher education. Learn more about Main University.


We encourage children to attend The Main on a regular basis through our fun, creative and educational Clubs. In each session, the kids build on what they learned the previous week, and they strengthen their connections to their mentors, peers and Lakota values. Learn more about The Main’s Clubs.