Cheyenne River Indian Outreach - Cheyenne River Indian Outreach | St. Joseph's Indian School

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

Reaching out to the community, raising awareness

In the fight to keep Native American women and children safe, Cheyenne River Indian Outreach will host special activities in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thanks to you, the Sacred Heart Center served 272 women and children victimized by domestic violence last year.

A gift from Arkansas

Lowell and Sarah work with their church family to provide necessities for the women and children who seek help at the Sacred Heart Center.