25U25 – 2018 Class – UNITY, Inc.

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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Maddie Lamb Making Big Moves in Santa Fe


UNITY Caught up with 25 Under 25 Awardee Maddie Lamb to share her experiences as she recently moved to New Mexico to continue her higher education and artistic vission:
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Apsaalooke Nation celebrates the Centennial Crow Fair


BAAXAWUAASHE (Crow Agency, MT) – Crow Fair is the annual celebration of the Apsaalooke (Crow) people. This year was very significant because it was the Centennial celebration. Crow Fair is the largest Native American event in Montana. It is one of the most unique events in Indian Country consisting of a powwow, rodeo, Indian relay, parades, a 5K run, and many other events. Read More

Sky Wildcat Chosen for Cherokee Environmental Leadership Program

Sky Wildcat, recent UNITY’s 25 Under 25 Awardee, was one of four chosen to participate in a three year program incorporating Cherokee (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, Tsalagi Gawonihisdi) language revitalization and cultural environmental stewardship. Wildcat explains how earlier this month she “began the Cherokee Environmental Leadership Program where we will focus on learning the Cherokee language, identifying medicinal plants, their uses, and English/Latin/Cherokee names.”
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UNITY Youth Help Lead ASU’s Tribal Nations Tour

What better way to start off the school year, than in service and empowering others to reach for their dreams! UNITY’s 25 Under 25 awardee Lance Sanchez  joined ASU’s Office of American Indian Initiatives team to participate in this year’s Tribal Nations Tour last week. Former National UNITY Council Executive Committee member Lance Sanchez, Tohono O’odham Nation, recently graduated from Tohono O’odham Community College and is starting this Fall Semester as a transfer Junior double majoring in America Indian Studies and  Community Advocacy and Social Policy.
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Navajo Youth Council looks to Affiliate with UNITY

The Navajo Nation Youth Advisory Council (NNYAC), which was formed just three months ago, is exploring ways to partner with UNITY including becoming an affiliated youth council. The group, with youth members representing chapters across the reservation, meets once a month. For its recent presentation in Window Rock, Arizona,, UNITY was well-represented with former National UNITY Council Executive Committee Co-President Nataanii Hatathlie, 25 Under 25 youth leader Xavier Medina and UNITY’s executive director Mary Kim Titla.
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25 Under 25 At 2018 ILEAD Youth Summit


UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardees took the annual ILEAD Youth Summit 2018 by storm! The event, recently held at the University of Montana, in Missoula, Montana, was sponsored by the U.S. Administration for Native Americans’ (ANA) new Native Youth Initiatives for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (ILEAD), the Summit drew more than 100 Native youths from 13 tribal and island nations.” Read More

UNITY Leaders Attend Wind River Youth Celebration


UNITY 25 Under 25 awardee Jazmine Wildcat, 14, Northern Arapaho, Wyoming reflects on her experience at the annual youth celebration on August 2nd at the Wind River Hotel and Casino. For over ten years, the Northern Arapaho Tribe has given thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies to students who attend their free carnival. All Fremont County K-12 are invited to attend where other activities included a free barbecue, inflatable bounce houses and special guests Chance Rush and Emcee One.

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25 Under 25 Vonica LaPlante Awarded MHA Champions of Change


UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree Vonica LaPlante, 17 of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, awarded a MHS Champions for Change! Vonica was also accompanied by former UNITY Executive Committee Northeast Representative and former UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree Brayden White, to accept this prestigious award.

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