Group Receives $30K Grant to Empower Native Youth in the Denver Community

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.

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Celebration of Life Gathering Raises Suicide Prevention Awareness

14322745_10154136510938051_8677260070870160645_nOn 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.

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UNITY Joins Forces with NICOA to Promote UNITY Fire Ideals

nicoa-unityfire-2The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) will now have a “UNITY” Fire burning at its conferences for spiritual and community building purposes. NICOA liked the idea of the UNITY Fire so much they invited UNITY youth and others to take part in a ceremonial lighting of the fire to kick off its conference earlier this month in Niagara Falls, New York.

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