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National UNITY Conference to Host Taiwan Indigenous Youth

2017台灣原住民青年遊學團團照

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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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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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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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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National UNITY Council Election Petitions Now Available

Election Petiton

2017 – 2018 National UNITY Council Area Representative & Co­-President Election Petitions are now  available online.

Each year, during the National UNITY Conference, the National UNITY Council business meeting takes place. It is here that voting members (one male and one female rep from an affiliated youth council and affiliated Individual members of UNITY) elect to the Executive Committee, two Co- Presidents and ten Area Representatives to represent ten geographically defined areas of the UNITY Network.

National UNITY Council – Regional REP, CLICK HERE.

National UNITY Council – Co­-President, CLICK HERE.

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Workshops Announced for 2017 National UNITY Conference

Among the many exciting events and programs taking place at this year’s national conference are the workshops being presented on Sunday, July 9. Attendees will have more than 40 different workshops to choose from.

Topics for the workshops are included in one of four sections; Career, Culture, Environment and Health.  In the Career section, youth Peer Leader and UNITY  25 Under 25 past recipient Claullen Tillman (Eastern Shoshone) will do a presentation on customer service and how to apply these skills in the hospitality and gaming industries, now located on or near many reservations across the country.

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Today’s Native Leaders National Summit

Thursday July 6, 2017
Denver. Colorado

TNLSince 2013, Today’s Native Leaders has conducted distinctive, peer-led, culturally based, 3-day leadership training sessions for Tribal youth in different locations across the country.  These regional and national gatherings provide youth the opportunity to gain valuable real life experiences and prepare them for successful future leadership roles.  The project was named Today’s Native Leaders (TNL) by youth at the 2014 UNITY Midyear conference.

At TNL’s National Summit, youth teams from a diverse sampling of tribal communities will educate their peers about innovative service projects that emerged from the TNL leadership trainings.  Those who attend the TNL National Summit will also take part in break-out sessions where peer leaders who have mastered aspects of the training curricula will lead groups in exercises to further engage various aspects of the action planning process used in TNL trainings.

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2017 National Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available

In July 2017, more than 1,800 Native American and Alaska Native youth, advisors and supporters are expected to gather in Denver, CO for the National UNITY Conference. They will share their cultures and seek solutions to common community problems. They will be challenged. They will learn. They will interact and enjoy the fellowship of Native youth from throughout the United States – all in a positive, inclusive setting, and in the spirit of unity.

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National Conference Theme Announced

Theme: Finding Wellness and Healing within Our Cultures

The conference theme helps guide the planners as they choose workshop topics, invite keynote presenters, select exhibitors, and plan conference activities and events. This year’s theme, developed by members of the Executive Committee with guidance from members of the National UNITY Council, focuses on health and wellness and underscores the significance of recent projects such as Today’s Native Leaders, Wellness Warriors, and Fitness 40.

Those who attend may expect a conference agenda that challenges, generates interest, provides valuable information, entertains, and teaches. Preparations are moving forward and we look forward to seeing everyone at the UNITY Family gathering in Denver, Colorado and sharing this fun, memorable experience..

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