25 Under 25 – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY Alumna featured at Suicide Prevention Conference

Lauren Shelly Pina, San Carlos Apache, former UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree, shared inspiring words last month during Suicide Prevention Month at the Life is Precious Conference in San Carlos, Arizona. Pina spoke about her journey to Penn State University, where she’s a student. “I knew I wanted to be an engineer since junior high. During my senior year, I was accepted into 20 colleges. I knew I wanted to get off the reservation. My mom encouraged me. She said there’s more to see off the reservation and you can always come back. I was raised hearing ‘the sky is the limit and there’s so much more to life.’ I wanted to explore the world and I didn’t regret it one bit,” said Pina.

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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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UNITY 25 Under 25 attends Dreamstarter Academy in Washington DC

Congrats to Freddy Gipp, 25, Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, for being named a Dreamstarter! Olympic Gold medalist Billy Mill’s Running Strong for American Indian Youth organization provides grants to community non-profits who will mentor young Dreamstarters and work with them to implement a project inspired by the young person’s dream for her or his community. This year UNITY will work closely with Dreamstarter Freddy Gipp to help turn his dream into a reality.

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UNITY Youth Crowned ASU Royalty

Not just one, but two UNITY 25 Under 25 awardees and former National UNITY Executive Committee members were crowned as Mr. and Miss Indian Arizona State University at the recent scholarship pageant. Congratulations to Tashoni Morales, of the Tachi-Yokut/Te-Moak W. Shoshone tribes, and Lance Sanchez, of the Tohono O’odham Nation, as they continue to inspire the Native youth across Arizona.

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AIHEC Student President TaNeel Filesteel

UNITY Youth Leader and former UNITY 25 Under 25 Leadership Award recipient TaNeel Filesteel elected the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student President for 2019-2020. TaNeel is from the Fort Belknap Agency, in Montana and is currently studying Tribal Governance and Administration at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana.

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Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council Inauguration Ceremony

UNITY Pendleton Blankets were given by the Tohono O’odham Nation youth program to the outgoing Youth Council 2016-2018, Saturday, January 12, 2012, at the Inauguration Ceremony for the newly elected Youth Council members in Sell, Arizona at the Legislative Chambers. UNITY values the long-standing support of the Tohono O’odham Nation youth program.  As a result of that relationship, over 190 Tohono O’odham members attended the 2018 National UNITY Conference in San Diego, California.
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UNITY Youth hosts Red Dress Special honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Statistics show there were more than 5,700 known incidents in the U.S. of missing and murdered Indigenous women reported to the National Crime Information Center in 2016, a sad reality 25 Under 25 Awardee Jazmine Wildcat says needs more attention. “This is a subject that means a lot to me. I feel that our Native women are the backbone of our people and as life-givers, our people cease to exist if we do not protect them,” said Wildcat, a member of the Northern Arapaho Nation.  Her passion on the issue led her to host a Red Dress special at Northern Arapaho Powwow in Arapaho, Wyoming.
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UNITY 25 Under 25 supports Mesa Community College Native American Day

Mesa Community College hosted its first Native American Day late last month in Mesa, Arizona. The event was hosted by MCC’s I.S.O Club which stands for Intertribal Student Organization a school club, which works hard to bring awareness to Native issues and to make sure all Natives feel welcome to the college. The event was the brainchild of Miss Colorado River Indian Tribes Audri Mitchell, 25 Under 25 Awardee, who who serves as the I.S.O Club President. The event aligns with her platform to encourage youth to be more involved in their cultural teachings. Read More

Serving in Indonesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer by Sapphire Carter

I’m resourceful. As a Peace Corps Secondary Education volunteer, I’ve learned to work in situations with little to no available resources, in extreme physical and mental conditions. Even without books, electricity or similarly modern conveniences, I am still able to give my students a quality education.”  -Sapphire Carter, 24, Chippewa Cree, UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee
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Cherokees celebrate National Holiday


“This event was a homecoming and a celebration” UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Faith Long reflected. “The 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday, in Tahlequah Oklahoma, emphasized artists and the resilience of Cherokee people. It was an honor to be apart of such an amazing tradition and represent the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians as their current Miss Cherokee title holder.”
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