Nearly all our ceremonial ways are centered around the use of air, water, plant life, animal life, and the use of fire. For this reason, a member of the 1995 Executive Committee of the National UNITY Council by the name of SleepyEye LaFromboise (Seneca/Dakota) asked one of his grandfathers, Warren Skye (Seneca) pictured, how UNITY could utilize these elements during the national conference. At the time, “Grandpa Skye” explained that whenever the Nations of the Hodensaunee people meet to conduct business or have ceremonies they always utilize a fire with prayer. Since many Nations of Native youth come together during the National Conference to better themselves, the concept of the fire was presented.
UNITY celebrated its 41st birthday last week at its headquarters in downtown Mesa, Arizona with a Birthday Bash drawing about 60 Native youth and advisors. Josiah Lester, Navajo, of the FINAL Youth Council, and Ramon Littleman, aka “Moonie,” both served as Co-Masters of Ceremonies.