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%.
In the news
Wellness Mind, Body & Soul
“There’s so much more to living a healthy lifestyle than simply exercise and eating right,” said Breanne, Outreach Specialist for Cheyenne River Indian Outreach.
Managing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Cheyenne River Indian Outreach is working to help people understand what PTSD is, how it might be affecting them and their community, and how to manage it.
Protecting communities from meth, prescription drug abuse
Cheyenne River Indian Outreach is working hard to understand — and combat — drug abuse of every kind for Lakota youth and families.