About UNITY – UNITY, Inc.

YOUth Can! Action Planning Curriculum Now Available for Download

The UNITY YOUth Can! Action Planning Curriculum involves a 10 step action planning process aimed at teaching youth and advisors how to desigh, plan, and implement a service project.

You may view and download the curriculum HERE.

Meet Wyatt Goggles, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Wyatte GogglesWyatt Goggles, 20 
Eastern Shoshone
Fort Washakie, Wyoming

Youth have the potential to be the trail makers of a cleaner and safer environment because today, so many are ambitious and willing to take that leap. These past years I have been able to meet and develop friendships with many people through the projects offered here in our community. Many of these are young and inspiring individuals. The inspiration you see in their eyes and the commitment they strive for when it come to a cause as this, is overwhelming. Our youth can be environmental stewards by motivating their peers and families to make the best choices there are when it comes to protection of our resources. It starts with my younger brothers and sisters who show interest in learning about how our earth lives every day. Showing them that we all benefit; sometimes too much, from our earth.

UNITY Quick Facts

UNITY’s Mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth, and to help build a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement.

UNITY Defined: UNITY is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native American youth.

UNITY has a long (40+ years) and impressive track record of empowering and serving American Indian and Alaska Native youth. UNITY is well regarded among the nation’s Native American organizations, tribal leaders, and government officials.
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UNITY Origin and Development

 UNITY’s mission it to, “foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth, and to help build a strong, unified and self-reliant Native America through involvement of its youth.”  In keeping with its mission, UNITY has served the leadership needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth for 40 years. UNITY is a national organization with over 160 youth councils operating in 36 states and Canada. These youth councils represent thousands of Native American youth.

UNITY began through the efforts of J.R. Cook, a Cherokee from Oklahoma, who has worked with Native youth in leadership development for more than three decades. The organization grew from a small group of interested Indian youth in southwestern Oklahoma in 1976 to a national organization today with affiliated youth councils operating in 35 states and Canada.

UNITY evolved from a series of Indian programs that Cook directed. After a successful basketball coaching stint, Cook devoted a decade of his life to the Upward Bound project at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. At that time, it seemed to Cook there was more pressure for Indian youth to fail than to succeed. Read More


This four minute video describes some of UNITY’s efforts to address important issues of concern to Native youth.

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