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Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020, the museum brings young Native activists together online to discuss the tension between history and memory, and how both are reflected in the current racial and social landscape. Hip-hop artist Frank Waln contributes a musical performance. From left to right: Musician Frank Waln; panelists Brook Thompson, Dylan Baca, Lina Krueck, Julian Brave NoiseCat, Michaela Pavlat, and Alberto Correa III. (Photos courtesy of the participants)

www.smithsonianmag.com: On Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020, the museum brings young Native activists together online to discuss the tension between history and memory, and how both are reflected in the current racial and social landscape. Hip-hop artist Frank Waln contributes a musical performance. From left to right: Musician Frank Waln; panelists UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Brook Thompson, 25 Under 25 Awardee Dylan Baca, Lina Krueck, Julian Brave NoiseCat, Michaela Pavlat, and Alberto Correa III. (Photos courtesy of the participants)

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Are you a parent, grandparent, or other caregiver wondering what to do for Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year while you and your family are home? Perhaps you’re a college student, discussing social justice and hoping to do something meaningful that also respects public health guidance on in-person gatherings? Read More

Former UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Faith Long starts new internship with NCAIED

The National Center has a new virtual intern for the fall. Faith Long came to the National Center from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee and is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Learn more about Faith, her work with the National Center, and the “wildlife” she has at home. Welcome to the National Center family, Faith!

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UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Dylan Baca helps make Arizona History

It won’t replace Columbus Day, but AZ Gov. Ducey proclaims Oct. 12 ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ – AZ Central

UNITY 25 Under 25 Leader Dylan Baca, 18 years old, helped to make history in AZ! He created the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Initiative to push for Indigenous Peoples’ day in AZ.  State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai has been working since 2013 to get a bill passed that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in Arizona, but she was always met with leaders telling her it would never happen. Read More

National N8V Youth 4 Biden Roundtable features UNITY Peer Leaders

We’re very proud of our Native Youth leaders for their participation in the upcoming election. We all must do our part to ensure that Native youth are empowered to Register to Vote. The National N8V Youth Roundtable will include UNITY Peer Guide & 25 Under 25 Awardee Angela Noah (White Mountain Apache / Oklahoma Choctaw), Aminah Ghaffar (Lumbee), UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Owen Oliver (Quinault), National UNITY Council’s Male Co-President Robert “Scottie” Miller (Swinomish), National UNITY Council’s Female CoPresident Brittany McKane (Creek / Seminole),  and Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache).

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Thursday, September 24 N8V Youth 4 Biden will be hosting a roundtable discussion with young tribal rising stars from around the country at 6:00 pm ET! Please sign up here to join!

UNITY 25 Under 25 Anthony Tamez-Pochel Is a Native American Defending History—and the Future.

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee “Anthony Tamez-Pochel wasn’t even a teenager yet when he knew his life’s purpose. He just needed a little help from his brother and the city of Chicago.” Article in Men’s Health BY

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We Have Hope Q&A with Miss & Mr Indigenous ASU

Not only were they influential in leading their Regions as Representatives serving on the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee, but then took on representing higher education for the state of Arizona, while both being awarded UNITY’s prestigious 25 Under 25 national award. These power duo are the epitome of UNITY youth in action. Join us in welcoming our special guests, Ms/Mr. Indigenous ASU Committee Royalty! Lance Sanches and Tashoni Morales will be joining us for a Q&A about the completion of their reign representing Arizona State University. Read More

The Tongass

Written by UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Owen L. Oliver  – This story was written on the traditional and contemporary lands, waters, and food systems of the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida peoples. Let their relationships guide your experiences as guests in Southeast Alaska and remember to not forget their legacies while back home.

Can you think of a place that has transformed your learning and experiences into a way of knowing? Can you trace a new way of knowing back to a place? Think of a place that you’ve spent many hours, if not days, both thinking deeply and thinking about nothing. Do you have places in your life that allow that? If you have a place in mind, think about how you’ve grown with it. Do you come back to it each year? Or, just when you can? Or, do you wish you had a place like this? When thinking about these questions, it boils down to asking yourself if you have a relationship with a place.

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25 Under 25 Awardee featured in NCAI Native Vote Virtual Rally

NCAI Launches 2020 Native Vote Efforts
with Star-Studded Virtual Rally
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NUC Executive Committee Member Anthony Tamez-Pochel, recent UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee, will be featured in the upcoming Native Vote Virtual Rally. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Fawn Sharp and UNITY Alumni DJ Emcee One will co-host the Native Vote Taking Action in 2020 Virtual Rally. This event will serve as the official kick-off for NCAI’s Native Vote initiative for 2020 and will stream live online via NCAI’s Facebook and YouTube channels to launch voter engagement in one of the most important years for civic engagement in Indian Country.

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2020 UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree Timothy Benally named a 2020 Udall Scholar

Photograph of Tim BenallyTim Benally, a junior at Penn State, earned a Udall Scholarship. IMAGE: PROVIDED
Sean Yoder, May 07, 2020
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Tim Benally, a junior majoring in psychology at Penn State, has been awarded a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. Benally, of Ganado (Navajo Nation), Arizona, was recognized by the Udall Foundation for his demonstrated commitment to improving health care for Native Americans living in the Navajo reservation.

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25 Under 25 youth leaders in Indian Country Announced

Mesa, AZ – May 1, 2020 — UNITY is pleased to announce the fourth class of its “25 under 25 Native Youth Leaders” national recognition program that honors Native American and Alaskan Native youth. The program, launched in 2014, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of 25 outstanding Native youth leaders under the age 25, every other year. These Native youth leaders exemplify UNITY’s core mission and exudes living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being. Read More