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.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 07:02
UNITY 25 Under 25
UNITYY will begin accepting applications on December 1 for the 2nd class of its national youth leadership recognition program, the "25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards". The awards program is designed to celebrate the achievements of Native American and Alaskan Native youth ages 14 to 24 who embody UNITY’s core mission and exude living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.
Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony during the UNITY National Conference taking place July 22-26, 2016 in Oklahoma City. In addition to being recognized, each awardee will receive special training by UNITY over the period of one year that is designed to build on their individual achievements.
The online application form is available HERE.
- Published on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:45
The following video originated from the National UNITY Conference site in Washington, DC on Friday, July 10, 2015. The video provides a conference update, a brief history of the organization, a summary of recent events, and information about how to get involved.
- Published on Friday, 31 July 2015 19:30
The following is a video recap of the National UNITY Conference events of Saturday July 11, 2015.
You may also be interested in viewing three additional recaps of the White House Tribal Youth Gathering and National UNITY Conference daily events. Click on the following links to view them on YouTube.
- Published on Monday, 27 July 2015 18:20
1,800 attendees represented more than 200 tribes and Indigenous communities; traveled from 40 states, New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada
July 27, 2015 – Mesa, AZ – The nation’s oldest and largest Native American and Alaska Native youth organization, the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY), held its 39th annual national conference July 10-14, 2015 in Washington DC with a record breaking turnout, the largest participation in its conference history. More than 1,800 attendees converged at the nation's Capital representing over 200 tribes and Indigenous communities; traveling from more than 40 states and internationally from New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada. Participants at the annual youth and leadership-focused conference were immersed into a five-day agenda that included: internationally renowned speakers and trainers; physical fitness activities led by Nike N7; and youth-led discussions and initiatives.
- Published on Friday, 17 July 2015 18:11
The following story appeared in The Durango Herald on July 12, 2015. Visit the Herald's website HERE to read the rest of the story.
WASHINGTON: More than 1,500 Native American youths from 275 tribes and 48 states across the country converged last week at the Renaissance hotel in Washington for the 2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference, which will continue through Tuesday.
Against a somber backdrop of rising rates of Native American youth suicides, first lady Michelle Obama hosted the White House event and delivered the keynote address. For many, the highlight of the trip had already come and gone with her speech.
“Whether it’s raising a beautiful family or taking on leadership in your community, we need you,” Obama said, her voice cracking slightly as she told the gathering they all have a destiny and a role to play.
- Published on Sunday, 12 July 2015 16:01
View pictures from the 2015 National UNITY Conference and the White House Youth Gathering HERE.
To views as a slide show, click on the play button below the first picture displayed.
- Published on Sunday, 28 June 2015 15:12
The 2015 National UNITY Conference final agenda is now available for viewing and downloading.
- Published on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 14:59
ARE YOU HEADED TO WASHINGTON, DC? CHECK HERE FIRST! Please review the following information if you are attending the White House Tribal Youth Gathering or the National UNITY Conference! I hope this is helpful as you plan your stay in Washington, DC.
Host Hotel and Site of White House Tribal Youth Gathering (WHTYG) and National UNITY Conference
999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202 898 9000
Washington Plaza 202 842 1300 Address: 10 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC 20005
6/10ths of a mile from the Renaissance
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:12
From the UNITY, Inc Events Team:
On-line registration for the 2015 National UNITY Conference is now closed. We are excited to share that the event is at full capacity. We are working through logistics to possibly accommodate more attendees, however there is no guarantee.
- Published on Sunday, 28 June 2015 15:51
Audition Call: No Previous Acting Experience Required!
Attention Native Youth:
Do you have any experience doing plays or theater in your school? Have you ever thought of auditioning for a play? During the upcoming UNITY Conference in Washington DC, you will have the opportunity to audition for My Father's Bones, a short play by award winning playwrights Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) and Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma). My Father's Bones recounts the struggle of Jack, Bill and Richard Thorpe to recover the remains of their father — the unmatched Olympian Jim Thorpe — so that he can buried with their relatives in Sac and Fox Nation land. You can read about and watch a reading of the play HERE. You can follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter at #BringJimThorpeHome.