Alumni – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY Alumni named New Creative Director to Growing Urban Native Era

Photo: Courtesy of Morgan Kidder

Urban Native Era’s new creative director, Hud Oberly, adds endless possibilities to the brand’s ever-growing community.
When Hud Oberly (Osage, Caddo, Comanche) was announced as the new creative director of Urban Native Era (UNE) at the beginning of March he immediately went from a commonly-seen model for the brand to decision-maker of all things creative. To some, it came as a surprise, but more so as news that he would be leaving his previous position. It would not take long for his daily duties to shift, but he and Founder/CEO Joey Montoya (Lipan Apache) will tell you the official announcement was, well, just that. The two had already begun planning their first Urban Native Era Experience months before the public announcement.

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National Native Organizations Working Together

(Photo Courtesy: Margo Gray)
“It’s always an honor to be invited to promote UNITY at national events,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s Executive Director, who participated in a panel presentation at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. RES provides networking and business development sessions centered around building opportunities with and for American Indian Enterprises (NCAIED). UNITY and the NCAIED have partnered in the past to offer a Youth Economic Summit (YES!) and in 2019 offered a Business Plan competition with a grand prize of $1,500.00.

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Jazmine Wildcat named Champion of Change

Jazmine Wildcat, Northern Arapaho, isn’t new to receiving awards. She’s been named a UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree as well as a UNITY Earth Ambassador. This year the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) named Wildcat as one of its five Champions of Change. What makes this pretty remarkable is she’s only 16-years-old. All recipients recently received their medals during a Recognition Ceremony in Washington, DC.

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The SBS Michrina Memorial Committee , LLMC, the CMU Foundation and Civic Forum welcome Mary Kim Titla

CMU NOW by David Ludlam-
 Mary Kim Titla will visit Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday, March 11, advancing a legacy of the late Professor of Anthropology Barry Michrina. In addition to awarding a scholarship each spring to a student with Native American ancestry, the Barry Michrina Memorial Fund brings a guest speaker to Colorado Mesa University each year who focuses on topics related to Michrina’s diverse interests. Titla’s visit is the seventh annual in the Michrina series. Read More

UNITY Visits Southern Arizona Partners

Sells/Tucson, Arizona – Promoting and developing partners for UNITY is a priority according to Fund Development Manager Greg Mendoza as he traveled to southern Arizona. “One of the best ways to promote UNITY is to do it in-person. By traveling to meet with tribal leaders and representatives from the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, University of Arizona and the Tucson Indian Center, he was able to talk about UNITY and distribute packets about the organization.” he said. UNITY looks forward to further strengthening these partnerships for years to come.   Pictured above is Chairman Robert Valencia, of the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe. 
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UNITY Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Leonard Planet Protector Session

Dr. Kelsey Leonard presented at TEDWomen 2019 in Palm Springs, California on December 5. She shared her ideas of why “Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans” Kelsey joined Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Shawnee, Colette Pichon Battle, Renee Lertzman and Jane Fonda, in a session called Planet Protectors.  “As a water scholar and protector, Kelsey Leonard seeks to establish Indigenous traditions of water conservation as the foundation for international water policy-making.” –Kelsey’s TED Speaker page
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Former NUC Executive Committee member named WeRNative Ambassador

Meet Your New 2020 We R Native Ambassadors
We’d like to introduce you all to the new class of We R Native Ambassadors.

According to We R Native: “This year, the program has made huge changes and you can expect big things this year from these amazing leaders.” UNITY wishes all of the Ambassadors continued success on spreading health and wellness across Indian Country.
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Final Wellness Warrior poster released

UNITY Wellness Warriors has released its final wellness campaign posters, part of an ongoing series featuring Native American youth. Featured is Truman Pipestem, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and descendant of the Osage Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. Truman is a freshman at Yale University. Truman is in the Directed Studies Program, serves as the Freshman class liaison to the Native American Cultural Center (NACC), a member of ANAAY (Association of Native Americans at Yale), and is a member of the Yale Native drum group. Truman is also a member of Lux Improvitas, a long-form Yale improv group specializing in full-length improvised plays. The posters feature Native youth from communities across the country, representing the lifestyles they live as they express their culture, daily habits, and hobbies that allow them to live positive and healthy lifestyles.
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UNITY Alumni Spotlight: Colleen Medicine

Meet UNITY Alumni, Waabshkaa Asinikwe – Colleen Medicine, she is of The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, from Bahweting (place of the rapids) also known as Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Colleen took part in UNITY conferences in Phoenix 2004, Buffalo 2005, Oklahoma City 2007 and Reno 2008, with her Tribal Youth Council, the Waaniiniigaanzijig (those who will lead). Read More

Chichiáxxaawasuua: Crow Fair 2019 

The 101st Annual “Teepee Capitol of the World” took place over the weekend in Crow Agency, Montana. The beauty of the celebration included it’s Parade, in which the Apsáalooke people showcase the beauty of their horses, outfits, and one of a kind beadwork. 

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