Meet the New 25 UNDER 25 Class Members

Meet the new 25 UNDER 25 class members who were honored at the 2016 National UNITY Conference in Oklahoma City in July.

birk-albertBirk Albert, 17, Athabascan, Lake Placid, NY: Henry “Birk” Albert is a member of the Koyukon Athabascan Nation from the village of Ruby, Alaska. He currently resides in Lake Placid, New York where he will be entering his senior year in high school this fall. Over this past year he has broadened his experiences and reconnected to Native communities because of UNITY and CNAY. Birk was among those selected to attend the White House Tribal Youth Gathering and the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC last July. He was selected as a UNITY Earth Ambassador and has been able to share his viewpoint as an Indigenous youth raised in a subsistence bush lifestyle through speeches and slideshows. He has worked tirelessly to increase awareness about climate change and Alaska’s future through his school Environmental Club and the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. Birk was instrumental in connecting New York and Alaska youth to work towards realizing youth driven climate summits where participants can share, take action and work collectively to address climate change. Birk likes to play Varsity soccer, study history and use social media to promote opportunities and progressive ideas among Native youth – GenIzine.blogspot.com.

caitlin-bordeauxCaitlin Bordeaux, 24, Rosebud Sioux, St. Francis, SD: Caitlin Bordeaux graduated from Black Hills State University with a major in Graphic Design and Communication and is a certified teacher in the state of South Dakota. After graduating college, she interned in Washington, DC through the Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) Program. During her time in DC, she realized that her true passion was to work with youth in her community. Caitlin started teaching computer science/multimedia classes at St. Francis Indian School in 2015. She is an avid supporter of the arts, Computer Science for All, and Generation Indigenous. In the near future, Caitlin plans to pursue her master’s in education at Harvard University. She is grateful for this opportunity to work with inspiring Natives and to gain leadership skills to help better her community!

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UNITY Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day with a Special Leadership Breakfast


On October 10, 2016, UNITY hosted a special leadership breakfast, celebrating Native Youth and the recent passage of Indigenous People Day by the City of Phoenix.

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UNITY youth leaders address tribal leaders at NCAI

(Pictured left to right: Hamilton Seymour, National UNITY Co-President, Chairman Brian Cladoosby, NCAI President, Lance Sanchez, UNITY Western Region Representative, Jackie Pata, NCAI Executive Director, Chairman Cedric Cromwell, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe)

Hamilton Seymour, Nooksack, National UNITY Council Co-President, and Lance Sanchez, Tohono O’odham, Western Region Representative, teamed up to address tribal leaders during a General Assembly at the National Congress American Indians (NCAI) convention in downtown Phoenix. The youth leaders gave a PowerPoint presentation about UNITY’S history and track record of serving Native youth in leadership development since 1976.

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