Answers to the most common questions

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Is my gift to Cheyenne River Indian Outreach tax deductible?

Yes, we are a 501(c)3 organization. This means the United States federal government has designated us as a non-profit charity. Our tax ID number is 46-0417196.

Where is Cheyenne River Indian Outreach located in South Dakota?

Cheyenne River Indian Outreach is located in Eagle Butte, South Dakota which is located on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

How is Cheyenne River Indian Outreach funded?

Cheyenne River Indian Outreach receives 74% of our funding through donations from generous friends like you. The remaining 26% comes from state and federal funding for placement of adolescent children.

What services does Cheyenne River Indian Outreach provide for people in need?

The Family Violence Center provides housing for individuals and children fleeing abusive situations. We provide personal advocacy, legal advocacy and support while victims recover from trauma.

Our Child Services Center provides group foster care, assessment services and community reintegration for children ages 10-18 who have experienced abuse or neglect.

We are also active in domestic violence and awareness education in schools and within the community.

Are the Cheyenne River Indian Outreach programs licensed?

Our Child Services Center is licensed each year by the state of South Dakota as a group care facility.

Who serves as director of the services provided by Cheyenne River Indian Outreach?

Margaret Donovan serves as director of both the Family Violence Center and the Child Services Center.

What outreach programs do you provide?

  • Money Management Programming for youth
  • Group counseling to discuss healthy relationships
  • Child abuse/neglect training for staff
  • Health fairs
  • Women’s Health Conference
  • Student presentations
  • Community education

How many people are served by Cheyenne River Indian Outreach over the course of a year?

During the past year, Family Violence Services served 434 people and the adolescent center served 38 youth. We reached an additional 2,560 persons through health fairs, trainings, a foster child gift drive and community education.

Does Cheyenne River Indian Outreach receive support from casinos?

Some Native American casinos around the country are doing well. They generally fund important improvements for their own tribes, such as schools and hospitals. There are no casinos on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Because we are in a very rural area, there is no large population from which to draw customers.

Is Cheyenne River Indian Outreach part of the Catholic Church?

Yes. Our organization is owned and operated by the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. However, our services are available for people of all faiths.

Can I donate things other than money?

We gratefully accept donations of clothing and household items.

Items go to our Bear Necessities Thrift Store in order to provide affordable clothing for people on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

Also, families who come to us for help are allowed to “shop” there for free to replace clothing and household items they were forced to leave behind when fleeing abusive situations.

How are Native American traditions honored?

Students at the Child Services Center are encouraged to take part in inipipurification — ceremonies (often referred to as the sweat lodge) located at our facility. Students also have the opportunity to connect with tribal elders. Grassroot efforts on the Cheyenne River Reservation to restore Lakota (Sioux) traditions and practices are strong.

Who are the guardians of the teens at the center?

The students at our Child Services Center are usually in the custody of the Department of Social Services, Tribal Protection Agency or Bureau of Indian Affairs. These entities have legal custody and Cheyenne River Indian Outreach has physical custody. We are responsible for their well-being, daily care and rehabilitation.

How are medical emergencies handled?

Minor medical emergencies are handled through a local clinic in Eagle Butte. Severe injuries or illness require a drive to a hospital either 90 or 170 miles away, depending on the severity of the situation.

Why do you have two addresses?

Because of our small staff, we are only able to handle day-to-day operations and the 24-hour needs of our clients. Therefore, all monetary donations are sent separately to PO Box 500, Chamberlain SD 57325, where they are professionally processed.

Do you have a governing Board of Directors?

Yes. Board members are now: Fr. Joseph Dean, Fr. Dan Juelfs, Fr. Anthony Kluckman, Dee A. LeBeau Hein, Carmen O’Leary, Mike Tyrell.

“With so many programs and services, there’s a lot to learn about Cheyenne River Indian Outreach.”
Carla, a CRIO team member