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Early bird registration is now open for 2020 UNITY conferences!

UNITY is pleased to announce that early bird registration is now open for both the 2020 UNITY Midyear Conference and the 2020 National UNITY Conference!  Discounted (“early bird”) rates are available through October 20, 2019, up to $200 off the onsite rates!

Imagine attending both conferences for less than $400!

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2019 National UNITY Conference Highlights

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Join us next time for the largest Native youth gathering in the nation!

Save the Dates:

2020 UNITY Midyear Conference
FRIDAY, February 14 – MONDAY, 17, 2020
CLICK HERE: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe
Tempe, Arizona

2020 National UNITY Conference
FRIDAY, July 3 – TUESDAY, July 7, 2020
CLICK HERE: Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Or call for more info: 877-212-5752
Washington, DC

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Returning Home: Siletz Tribal Youth Development Program

Read the Original Article on the OJJDP Tribal Youth Resource Center’s Blog

This summer our Youth Development and Healthy Traditions Program chaperoned a group of Siletz youth on a four-day adventure down to Southern Oregon. Our first destination was a land-restoration conservation site called Vesper Meadows located east of Ashland in the higher elevations of the Southern Cascade Mountains. This was a special place to visit for several reasons: (1) We were restoring our indigenous relationship with a land that we hadn’t gathered on in for over 150 years and (2) We were connecting our youth with one of our most well-spoken and travelled tribal elders, Grandma Aggie Pilgrim. Our second destination was to gather yampah seeds at a meadow near the base of Table Rock, which was the site of our original reservation and where we signed the Rogue River Treaty was signed. Read More

#GenIndigenous Response Fund 2019 Grant Application Period Now Open

#GenIndigenous Response Fund
2019 Grant Application Period
NOW OPEN

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Peer Guide visionary to Co-Chair Seminole Trauma-Focused Symposium

UNITY Peer Guide Cheyenne Kippenberger, 23, of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has partnered with the Native Learning Center to host its Healing the Circle in Our Tribal Communities Symposium in Hollywood, Florida. The focus of the symposium is to bring awareness to the importance of safe and healthy environments for our Native people. According to Kippenberger the symposium will help bring awareness to the issues of domestic violence, self-care, elder abuse awareness and how to address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The Peer Guide hopes that along with the Native Learning Center they will be able to  provide advocates cutting edge content on women’s empowerment along with tools for positive healthy relationships. 

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UNITY at 30th Anniversary of Native Americans in Philanthropy

Native Americans in Philanthropy celebrated its 30th anniversary in Chicago last month featuring several Native youth leaders including the National UNTY Council’s Midwest Region Rep Anthony Tamez-Pochel (Cree/Lakota/Black). The event, promoting connections among those who serve Indian country in the philanthropic community, involved discussions about Generation Indigenous, Native youth activism and bridging the gap between urban and reservation youth. Other youth leaders playing a role at the event included siblings Dyami Thomas and Rebecca Kirk (Klamath/Anishinabe) who served as emcees. Read More

UNITY Alumna featured at Suicide Prevention Conference

Lauren Shelly Pina, San Carlos Apache, former UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree, shared inspiring words last month during Suicide Prevention Month at the Life is Precious Conference in San Carlos, Arizona. Pina spoke about her journey to Penn State University, where she’s a student. “I knew I wanted to be an engineer since junior high. During my senior year, I was accepted into 20 colleges. I knew I wanted to get off the reservation. My mom encouraged me. She said there’s more to see off the reservation and you can always come back. I was raised hearing ‘the sky is the limit and there’s so much more to life.’ I wanted to explore the world and I didn’t regret it one bit,” said Pina.

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UNITY Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Sheldon Smith

Meet UNITY Alumni, Sheldon Smith, Navajo from Albuquerque New Mexico. He served as male member at large on the National UNITY Executive Committee. In the early 2000’s,  Sheldon shared that his family witnessed good things from National UNITY conference,  so every summer, they family made a commitment to attend the national conferences.
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