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This category includes Conference news, informational updates, photos, and registration and other forms necessary to participate in the annual gathering. Check this area for the latest news and information leading up to each year's conference. If you cannot find what you're looking for here, call the UNITY office or use the Contact form to ask specific questions.

2015 Conference Online Registration Now Available

The 2015 National UNITY Conference will be held at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC from July 10 - 14, 2015. Conference online registration is now available HERE.

This article will be updated with new information in the near future.

2014 National UNITY Conference News

The following story is from a July 15 UNITY News Release.

More than 1,400 Native youth leaders converge
in Portland, Oregon for the National UNITY Conference

July 15, 2014, Portland, OR – More than 1,400 Native American youth from throughout the U.S. gathered to participate in the annual National UNITY Conference at the Oregon Convention Center on June 28 – July 2, 2014. The five-day agenda was packed as youth addressed the theme “Healing and Empowering Aspiring Leaders with Tradition and Heritage”. Many of the youth who attend the conference represent the 145 UNITY affiliated youth councils from 35 states.
The National UNITY Council, made up of youth representatives from affiliated youth councils, hosted the proceedings, as they were responsible for developing the agenda, which tackles various youth issues in Indian country.  Native youth face similar challenges as all American youth but statistics show the issues such as suicide, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and high school drop out rate are dangerously amplified.  Once the conference was called to order after the ceremonial lighting of the UNITY Fire, youth were immersed in leadership development through educational keynotes, activities, and workshops focusing on the areas of spiritual, physical, social, and mental development.

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2014 National UNITY Conference Evaluation

If you attended the 2014 National UNITY Conference, please take a few minutes to complete an online evaluation questionnaire that will help guide UNITY in planning and organizing the 2015 conference. The online questionnaire will take approximately six to eight minutes to complete. After entering your answers into the online form, submit it by clicking the NEXT/DONE buttons.

Thanks for attending the conference and taking the time to help make next year's event even better. Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed and valued.

The online survey is available HERE.

Video Highlights of the 2014 National UNITY Conference

The video below includes highlights of the 2014 National UNITY Conference.

Also, a couple of the UNITY Conference News segments are linked and viewable on YouTube.

And, there is a growing number of conference photographs posted on the UNITY Facebook page that you may enjoy. While you're there, click on the like button and help push the page over the 3,000 subscriber mark.

UNITY Conference Video Documentary

2014 National UNITY Conference Video Directed and Edited by Dean Kisto. Thanks to the Chukut Kuk District, the Vamori Community and the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Photos from 2014 National UNITY Conference

The following video slideshow includes a number of random snapshots taken during the recently concluded National UNITY Conference,  which took place in Portland, Oregon.

Jude Schimmel to Keynote UNITY Conference

The following story appeared in Indian Country Today on June 27, 2014.

PORTLAND, Ore. - (June 27, 2014)  Louisville Cardinals senior guard Jude Schimmel will serve as the keynote speaker that will kick off the National UNITY Conference to be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon from June 28 – July 3. 

Schimmel, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Tribe, helped lead the Louisville Cardinals to a 33-5 record last season while averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 assists per game. She was a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works team nominee and won the Elite 89 academic award in 2013 as the player with the highest grade-point average participating in the Final Four; and most recently, in April, Schimmel was named one of Glamor magazine’s Top 10 College Women.

Read the rest of the story on Indian Country Today.

Local Travel Options from Airport to Conference Hotels

UNITY 2014! Important Info for those needing to get to the host hotels:

Traveling to the Portland Hilton
The airport -- Portland International Airport -- is located within Portland's city limits just south of the Columbia River in Multnomah County, twelve miles by highway northeast of downtown Portland.

Taxi Service:
Taxi service to the Hilton Portland is available from the airport and costs approximate $25-30.

Taking the MAX (light rail):
The conference hotel (Hilton Portland and Executive Tower) and other locations in downtown Portland are easily accessible from the airport via the MAX Light Rail system. MAX Red Line trains leave the airport for the City Center approximately every 15 minutes between 5 am and midnight. If you would like to use the MAX, make sure to be aware that there is no train service after midnight. The MAX ride from PDX to the City Center takes approximately 40-45 minutes.

Purchase your fare before you board the train. You will need an All-Zones Pass, which is available from vending machines (debit and credit cards accepted) for $2.40. Board the MAX outside of the baggage claim area of the airport. Exit at Pioneer Square North. Walk across Pioneer Courthouse Square towards the South. The Executive Tower is located on SW 6th Avenue at Taylor Street. The Hilton Portland main building is located on SW 6th Avenue, occupying the entire block of SW Taylor Street to SW Salmon Street.

To reach the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland via MAX:
Ride the train to the Lloyd Center stop. After getting off of the train, take a left to the corner (11th Ave) and look to the right. The hotel will be on the opposite side of the street.

Conference Emergency Information Needed

The attached Emergency Information Form needs to be completed by all UNITY Conference attendees. This form is required to finalize your registration and participation in the conference. Please print the form, complete it, and submit it at the registration table during the check-in process.

The Emergency Information Form is attached in both Word and PDF formats.

Also attached is a Participant Liability and Medical Release Form. Complete the form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 480.773.6369. Please bring the original signed form with you to the conference.

2014 National UNITY Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Conference FAQs

 FYI for conference participants: If you are in need of medical treatment, please note the following:

During business hours:

Native American Rehabilitation Association. Community Health Clinic (Non-profit Native American Clinic)

Located in NE Portland near Emmanuel Hospital, which is near the Doubletree Hotel

Address: 15 N. Morris - Telephone: (503) 230-9875

Must have Tribal ID

After hours (for those with insurance):

Closest hospital Emmanuel Hospital has Urgent Care or Oregon Health Science University Emergency Clinic

Another Option (during business hours):

Chemowa Indian School has an IHS health clinic (40 minutes away), near Salem

Is there still time to register my group online even if we plan to pay onsite?

No.  It is too late to register online.  You may register when you arrive.

Can I attend the conference by myself, if I’m 18, without chaperone?

Everyone must have a chaperone.  If you are traveling alone, you must notify the UNITY office so you can be assigned to a group.

Do advisors have to register?

Yes, anyone who plans to attend any conference events, must register.

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