25U25 – 2018 Class – UNITY, Inc.

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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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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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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