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
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.
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. Read More
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.
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.
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
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.
Continuing the legacy of environmental advocates, the 2019-2020 Circle of Earth Ambassadors included intergenerational teachings to engage UNITY Youth Councils in service projects. Community elders and UNITY alumni participation was made possible through the financial support of a a National Park with an initiative “Connecting with Our Homelands” to foster intergenerational sharing through Hopa Mountain, Inc. Generations of Earth Ambassadors gathered to launch this year’s environmental call to action.
Sign up for upcoming June webinars for chances to win Target Gift Cards and Limited Edition UNITY Swag at each webinar! Those who RSVP will be emailed a recorded copy of the training to watch on your own. Take advantage of these Free Tools for your Youth Councils by signing up at the links below: