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Mission Statement

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.

Outreach Background

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%.

In the news

Meet our staff!

Paulette has worked with youth at the Child Services Center since 2016.

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!

Special Needs for Christmas and the New Year

In addition to monetary gifts, Cheyenne River Indian Outreach gratefully accepts new or gently used clothing and household items to help victims of domestic violence.

Read our latest Outreach Newsletter:
Read our latest Outreach Newsletter.