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DRAFT AGENDA
WELCOME TO THE 2021 NATIONAL UNITY CONFERENCE!

“45 years of Building Resilient Leaders and Lifelong Connections”

 

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Thursday, July 1 (Pre-Conference Activities)
6:30 – 9 pm    Youth Leaders Training and Prep Room TBA (NUC male and female reps, EC,
        Earth Ambassadors, Peer Guides, 25 Under 25)
12:00 a.m.    Curfew/Lights out! (Daily)
Friday, July 2 (Theme: SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT)
7:30 a.m.      Conference Registration Opens
8:30 a.m.      Youth Leaders Training and Prep continues (NUC male and female reps, EC,
        Earth Ambassadors, Peer Guides, 25 Under 25)
10:00 a.m.     UNITY 101 – Learn about UNITY, NUC, Constitution & Bylaws, find out how you
        can get more involved
11:00 a.m.    Lighting of the UNITY Fire
-Meaning of the UNITY Fire
-Sleeyeye and Eshtakaba LaFromboise, Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux/Tonawanda Seneca
Hunter Genia, Saginaw Chippewa
        Sheldon Smith, Navajo
12:00 pm    Lunch Break
1:00 pm    EC/Peer Leaders Huddle (main stage)
1:00 pm     DJ Music – Emcee One (Marcus Guinn), Osage/Potowatomi
1:15 p.m.     Grand Entry Line Up – Male & Female Reps (Wear your regalia!)
1:30 p.m.    Opening Ceremony
        Video Welcome
Grand Entry! Parade of Nations by Region – Chance Rush, Three Affiliated Tribes   (Hidatsa)
        Color Guard
UNITY Drum/ Junior Sierra and Michael Killer, Cherokee

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2:00 p.m.    Welcome/Call to Order – NUC Co-Presidents
        -Presentation of the Flags
        -Blessing by the Host Tribe, Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
        -Welcome by Chairwoman Nita Battise
        -Cultural Presentation by Cultural Committee
-UNITY NEWS!
        Video Messages TBD
– Secretary Deb Haaland (invited)
2:35 p.m.     Welcome Remarks
Loretta Tuell, Nez Perce, Chairman, UNITY Council of Trustees
        Introductions of Council of Trustees
2:45 p.m.    Introductions of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee
       
2:55 p.m.    Roll Call of Regions–
-Great Plains: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
-Midwest: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
-Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
-Northwest: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska
-Pacific: California, Hawaii
-Rocky Mountains: Montana, Wyoming
-Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
-Southern Plains: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
-Southwest: Colorado, New Mexico
-Western: Arizona, Nevada, Utah
3:10 pm     Keynote Speaker: TBA
3:40 p.m.     Special Presentation UNITY Earth Ambassadors
4:00 p.m.     Get on board with the UNITY Wellness Warriors App!
Wyatt Gilmore, Navajo
App Challenge! Win UNITY Swag!
4:30 p.m.    UNITY Native American Youth Experience Survey
Healing Indigenous Lives Peer Guides
Take the survey in Caucuses to win prizes
4:45 p.m.    NUC EC Explain purpose of caucuses at 6:30 pm/announce tentative election
procedures and Input of youth issues
5:00 p.m.       Dinner Break
Don’t forget to Sign Up for Culture Night and Talent Show presentation!
6:30 p.m     Go to Area Caucuses Session #1 (Rooms TBA)
     -Great Plains: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
-Midwest: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
-Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
-Northwest: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska
-Pacific: California, Hawaii
-Rocky Mountains: Montana, Wyoming
-Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
-Southern Plains: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
-Southwest: Colorado, New Mexico
-Western: Arizona, Nevada, Utah
6:30 p.m.    Advisor Training (Room TBA)
8:15 p.m.    General Assembly
Advisors Meeting (Room TBA)
8:30 p.m.    Jana Schmieding (Virtual Interactive Session)
        Rutherford Falls, Peacock Comedy Series
9:00 p.m.    Clans/Fun and Games!
9:55 pm    Announcements/Adjourn (EC/Peer Leaders Debrief)
10:00 pm     UNITY Fire- Storytelling and Cultural Sharing (Optional)
        (No instruments after 9 pm)
12:00 a.m.    Curfew/Lights out! (Daily)
Saturday, July 3 (Theme: PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT) – Traditional Skirt/Shirt Day
7:00 a.m. Wellness Warriors Fitness Activity event – Zumba Rm TBA
1 mile walk with UNITY Executive Director Mary Kim Titla! Fun Run with a buddy!
Meet at hotel entrance
8:00 a.m. Conference Registration Opens
Registration Desk
8:15 a.m. UNITY Drum
EC/Peer Leaders Huddle (Ballroom)
8:30 a.m General Session
-Blessing and Cultural Presentation
J. Evelio Chichilticoatl Flores
Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli Aztec Dance Group
-UNITY NEWS!
-App Challenge! Win UNITY Swag!
9:00 a.m. Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative Special Presentation by UNITY Peer Guides
9:30 a.m. Speeches – Candidates for Male and Female Co-President
10:00 a.m. NUC Executive Committee Suicide Prevention Initiative
Special Presentation
10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker:
Chance Rush
11:00 a.m. Go to Area Caucuses Session #2 (Rooms TBA)
-Great Plains: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
-Midwest: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
-Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
-Northwest: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska
-Pacific: California, Hawaii
-Rocky Mountains: Montana, Wyoming
-Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
-Southern Plains: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
-Southwest: Colorado, New Mexico
-Western: Arizona, Nevada, Utah
11:00 a.m. Advisor Training (Room TBA)
12:00 pm Lunch Break (on your own)
Autograph signing
1:00 pm Free Afternoon!
7 – 10 p.m. Talent Night! (Sign up required)
10:00 p.m. UNITY Fire- Storytelling and Cultural Sharing (Optional)
12:00 a.m. Curfew/Lights out! (Daily)
Sunday, July 4 (Theme: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT)
7:00 a.m.    Wellness Warriors Fitness Activity event – Zumba? Rm TBA
1 mile walk with UNITY Executive Director Mary Kim Titla! Fun Run with a buddy!
Meet at hotel entrance
8:00 a.m.     Dallas Indian Mission Presentation/Indian Hymns
8:15 a.m.     EC/Peer Leaders Huddle (Backstage Ballroom)
8:30 a.m    General Session
-Blessing and Cultural Presentation
-UNITY NEWS!
-App Challenge! Win UNITY Swag!
9:00 a.m.     Keynote Speaker:
Tia Wood, Cree/Salish

10:00 a.m.-    Meeting of Advisors and Chaperones

10:00 a.m.-    Workshops Session #1 (45 minute workshops)

10:45 a.m.    Break – Go to your next workshop!
11:00 a.m.-    Workshops Session #2 (45 minute workshops)
11:45 a.m.    Autograph signing
12:00 p.m.    Lunch on your own
1:30 p.m.    National UNITY Council Business Meeting – Mandatory for male and female reps
    (Room TBA)
1:30 p.m.    Workshops Session #3 (45 minute workshops)

2:15 p.m.    Break – Go to your next workshop!

2:30 p.m.    Workshops Session #4 (45 minute workshops)
3:15 p.m.    Break – Get ready for the Gala!
5:00 p.m.    Line up for Gala
5:30 p.m.    Pre-Gala Entertainment: Fashion Show
Featuring Norma Baker Flying Horse
6:00 p.m.    UNITY GALA
8:00 p.m.    DJ UNITY Dance
Featuring International Indigenous DJ of the Year Emcee One
10:00 p.m.     UNITY Fire – Storytelling and Cultural Sharing (Optional)
12:00 a.m.    Curfew/Lights out! (Daily)
Monday, July 5 (Theme: MENTAL DEVELOPMENT)
7:00 a.m.    Wellness Warriors Fitness Activity event – Zumba TBA
1 mile walk with UNITY Executive Director Mary Kim Titla! Fun Run with a buddy!

Meet at hotel entrance

8:15 a.m.    EC/Peer  Leaders Huddle (Ballroom)
8:30 a.m.    General Session
-Blessing and Cultural Presentation
-UNITY NEWS!
-App Challenge! Win UNITY Swag!
9:30 a.m.     Keynote Speaker
Hud Oberly, Urban Native Era
10:30 a.m.    Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative presentation by UNITY Peer Guides
11:15 p.m     Clan Activities
12:00 p.m.    Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m.    Workshops Session #1 (50 minute workshops)
        Orientation for newly elected NUC Executive Committee members
2:00 p.m.    Workshops Session #2 (50 minute workshops)
3:00 p.m.    Workshops Session #3 (50 minute workshops)
4:00 p.m.    Dinner Break
6:00 p.m.    Cultural Night
Intertribal Dancing and Cultural Sharing
10:00 p.m.    UNITY Fire- Storytelling and Cultural Sharing (Optional)
12:00 a.m.    Curfew/Lights out! (Daily)
Tuesday, July 6 (SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT)
8:45 a.m. EC/Peer Leaders Huddle (Ballroom)
9:00 a.m. General Session
-Blessing and Cultural Presentation
-Message from UNITY Peer Guides
-UNITY News
-App Challenge! Win UNITY Swag!
9:30 a.m. UNITY Evaluation Team Special Presentation & Give Away
9:50 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Fawn Sharp (invited)
10:25 a.m. Get ready for 2022 in Minneapolis, MN!
Video TBA
10:30 a.m. Friendship Circles
11:00 a.m. Commitment Ceremony at UNITY Fire
-SleepyEye LaFromboise/Hunter Genia/Sheldon Smith
12:00 p.m. Adjourn
12:00 p.m. Optional Activities/Travel Day

HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME!  SEE YOU AT THE
2022 NATIONAL UNITY CONFERENCE IN Minneapolis, MN!

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