The Cheyenne River Indian Outreach (CRIO) mission is to eradicate violence and oppressive practices by supporting and empowering individuals, families and communities to promote justice, social change and non-violence.
Founded by the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (CPOSH) in 1982, Cheyenne River Indian Outreach upholds the vision of their founder Fr. Leo John Dehon, SCJ.
Fr. Dehon was committed to serving the poor, meeting people’s physical and spiritual needs through social service and helping individuals live better lives.
His caring beliefs are expressed through Cheyenne River Indian Outreach’s passionate dedication to provide needed services to Native American people living in the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation area.
About Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
The Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota encompasses 2.8 million acres of prairie lands (about the size of Connecticut). Eagle Butte is the largest town on the reservation and is the headquarters for the Cheyenne River Indian Outreach program. Population statistics indicate a very high level of poverty — one of the five poorest counties in America — with unemployment ranging between 60% to 85%.
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Other Ways to Help
We are always in need of new or gently used household items at Cheyenne River Indian Outreach.
How far is far?
How far do you drive to the grocery store? Do you have a Target or Walmart store near you? Do you know how far you would have to drive for these services if you lived on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation?
Winter weather on the South Dakota prairie
South Dakota winters are unpredictable — but even mild temperatures don’t allow us to turn the heat off!