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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.
Donate $250 or more to UNITY on this Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday, and UNITY will send you an exclusive UNITY Pendleton blanket as a special thank you for your support (with shipping fees waived!)
Are you getting ready to honor anyone in your community? Perhaps an elder, veteran, tribal royalty, retiree or special guest? Please consider purchasing a UNITY Pendleton Blanket for your gifting needs. The blanket is recognized as a unique fundraiser to help develop and grow Native youth leaders. UNITY, Inc., which stands for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY), represents thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native youth involved in UNITY youth councils.
UNITY is offering the first 50 monthly donors, who pledge to one year of monthly donations of $25 a month for a standard UNITY Pendleton Blanket or $50 per month for a UNITY Founders Pendleton Blanket personally signed by J.R. Cook, to include shipping. We will reserve your UNITY blanket and ship it to you once we receive your tenth payment. Read More
Each year, UNITY is inundated with requests for financial assistance from deserving Native youth to attend the annual National UNITY Conference. These youth are looking for the opportunity to network, learn, and build on their inherent leadership skills. They are our future.
“As an Indigenous woman growing up in an area where I represented less than 1% of the population, I was constantly searching for my place. Being a part of the UNITY family has certainly reformed my life to embrace what makes me unique and to honor my heritage. As a Native American in today’s society, I feel that I have an obligation to preserve the integrity of my culture. By participating in UNITY events such as their annual conferences, Today’s Native Leaders (TNL), as well as the White House Tribal Youth gathering, I was able to gain so many useful resources to help not only myself but my people.”
– Raven Dial Stanley, 19, Lumbee
“UNITY has been life-changing, to say the least. It has helped me grow so much, and it has also given me so much hope for the future of Indian Country. Just to know that there are thousands of Native youth out there paving the way for future generations. UNITY is a huge driving force for that and I am beyond grateful for this organization.”
– Joseph Richard Davis, 23, Akimel O’odham
“I attended my first UNITY Conference in 2014, and ever since, I have been inspired to make a difference in my community. UNITY helped me realize that even though I was young, I could still make an impact on my fellow community members. In high school, I was elected student council president and I also began an internship at the tribe’s AhTahThiKi Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation. After I graduated, I continued my work at the museum part-time until I was hired as the Community Engagement Coordinator. I have been in this position now for a year and a half and I have made many achievements and made a name for myself among my people, with the goal of serving on our Tribal Council. I credit UNITY with my achievements and am excited for the National UNITY Conference to come to Florida in 2019, and for my Tribe to serve as the host!”
– Quenton Cypress, 23, Seminole Tribe of Florida
“The UNITY Organization has brought drastic change to my life. Surrounded by peers that understood the struggles and the successes, it allowed me to open up and become more involved in my community, tribe, and my culture. And for that I’m thankful.”
– Richard Blake Crook, 20, Poarch Creek
This year, on this #GivingTuesday, UNITY will collect dollars to create a scholarship fund to help youth who otherwise do not have the financial means to attend the 2019 National UNITY Conference taking place July 4 – 8 in Orlando, Florida.
UNITY shouts out a “Big Thank You” to Chairwoman Leanne Walker-Grant from Table Mountain Rancheria. She had the winning bid for a limited edition J.R. Cook Founders UNITY Pendleton Blanket. The live auction was held at the Celebration Award Banquet the last evening of the 2018 National UNITY Conference in San Diego, California.
Chairman Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, recently gave to UNITY. His donation awarded him one of the UNITY Pendleton Blankets. When Chairman Butler learned there are number of Pendleton Blankets available, he said, “I am shocked they aren’t flying off the shelf, it’s a great deal for a great cause.” 100 UNITY Pendleton Blankets are left and waiting to find a home. One day, they will all be gone. He stated, “UNITY’s impact on the next generation of leaders is unmeasurable; investing in our youth today through an organization like UNITY strengthens our Nation’s future sustainability.” Read More