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National UNITY Conference to Host Taiwan Indigenous Youth

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For the third year in four years, the National UNITY Conference will feature a Taiwan Indigenous youth delegation who are members of the Vox Nativa Choir. Taiwan, which sits more than 100 miles off the southeast coast of mainland China, is believed to be the homeland of the Austronesian people. In Taiwan, there are 16 Indigenous ethnicities. Those attending the National UNITY Conference will represent the Amis, Bunun, and Paiwan people.

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National Conference Logo Contest Winner


The winner of the 2017 National UNITY Conference logo contest winner is Anthony Hurtado! He is 17 years old and from the Tohono O’odham Nation. Anthony currently lives in Valley Center, California. His submission was the inspiration for the final logo which will be featured on conference material at the 2017 national event.

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UNITY Announces New Class of Earth Ambassadors


UNITY has announced the recipients of the 2017 UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The new class is the second group to be honored through this Environmental Stewardship program, which was reinstated in 2015 thanks in part to a matching grant awarded to UNITY by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC).

Another matching grant awarded this year by the SMSC will allow this year’s class to attend training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Native America, learn to serve as an ambassador to increase awareness of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands, and promote the efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities. Topics will focus on, but not be limited to, recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration.

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Denver Local Planning Committee gears up for National UNITY Conference

Members of the Denver Local Planning Committee (LPC) are working hard to ensure Native youth and advisors enjoy a wonderful National UNITY Conference experience next month in Denver. The LPC is made up of several Native youths and adult members from the Denver metro area who have been meeting since late last year.

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Preparations Underway for TNL National Summit

Preparations are well underway for the Today’s Native Leaders National Summit, to be held from 8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.

Over the past 3 and one-half years, UNITY has been in partnership with the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to conduct regional and national gatherings that help prepare youth to gain valuable real life experiences while preparing them for successful future leadership roles.

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Deadline for Scholarship Applications Extended!

UNITY has extended the deadline for the 2017 Golda Cook Memorial Scholarship and Cook Native American Ministries Scholarship
Application to Friday, June 16, 2017.

UNITY will award four individuals (two young women and two young men) $1,000 each, during the 2017 National UNITY Conference.

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Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Summer Program

The 2017 NativeVision Sports and Lifeskills Camp
will take place on June 15-17, 2017 in Whiteriver, Arizona

NativeVision is a unique national youth enrichment and empowerment initiative for American Indian children, operated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Launched in 1996 in partnership with the NFL Players Association and the Nick Lowery Charitable Foundation, more than 40,000 Native youth and tribal community members from dozens of tribes across the country have been reached.

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All-Star Speakers and Trainers Announced

UNITY is excited to announce Steven Paul Judd and Tatanka Means will be featured guest speakers at the 2017 National UNITY Conference set for July 6-10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado!

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UNITY Participates In 2017 Navajo Nation Economic Summit

United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) was an exhibitor at the 2nd Annual Navajo Nation Economic Summit. The event was held from May 8-10 at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort near Flagstaff, Arizona.

UNITY was fortunate to be randomly selected through a drawing at an Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce luncheon to receive a complimentary booth, as well as registration and entry into the golf tournament. UNITY project coordinators, Lynnann Yazzie and Joshua Tso, provided Native youth programming information for conference attendees.

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Free post-conference training available! Learn how to become an effective youth advocate!

You’ve got the message. We’ve got the tools. Join us for a Native Youth Communications Bootcamp (#NYCB) for UNITY attendees on July 10, 1 pm – 5 pm. Hosted by UNITY in partnership with WeRNative and the Center for Native American Youth, this immersive half-day training session will teach strategies for effective advocacy messaging, techniques for maximum reach and engagement, and give Native youth a jump start on designing and launching the digital change campaign of their choice. Registration is limited to the first 50 youth who sign up.

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