Pictured left to right: Elicia Goodsoldier, Lucille Echohawk, Talon Long,
Anpo“a Locke, Alex Toledo, Cante Zephier and Donna Chrisjohn.
Spirit of the Sun, Inc., who’s mission is to work in partnership with Native American communities in urban areas and on reservations to boost the resilience of Native people, especially youth and young adults, has been awarded a $30,000 grant by the Rose Foundation’s Innovate for Good program. Titled Empowering Native Youth in Metro Denver, the grant will be used for a leadership conference, and to partner and with UNITY for the planning of the 2017 National UNITY Conference to be held at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, from July 6 – 10, 2017.
On Saturday, September 17, 2016, more than two dozen Native youth and adults gathered at Tohono O’odham Nation in Sells, Arizona, for a special evening of celebrating life. The Celebration of Life Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event was led by UNITY youth leader Julian Juan (Tohono O’odham), and highlighted UNITY Executive Committee Male Co-President, Hamilton Seymour (Nooksack Indian Tribe & Chemanius First Nation), as well as the UNITY fire and a remembrance walk.