UNITY affiliated youth councils around the country are finding ways to meet to discuss their initiatives and continue their community service projects. Youth on the Yavapai Apache Nation in Arizona met last month via Zoom video conferencing. They are re-organizing as a youth council. By the end of the meeting, the youth decided to work on positive messaging in the community. Some committed to creating posters with positive messages to hang in the community. Others said they would write notes to include in food baskets that were being distributed to the elders. UNITY’s executive director Mary Kim Titla was invited to be a special guest at the meeting.
Current reigning Miss Navajo, Shaandiin Parrish, challenges people to “Stay Home. Stay Safe, Save Lives”. She uploaded a video to her instagram encouraging everyone to stay home for the safety of our people, culture and environment.
UNITY Alumni, Hunter Genia is a guest speaker on the UNITY Webinar: Celebrate Mother Earth Day! His tribal affiliation is Saginaw, Swan Creek, Black River Bands of Chippewa & Grand River Ottawa. He served as an Earth Ambassador in 1990.
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.