Earth Ambassadors – UNITY, Inc.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 UNITY Earth Ambassadors Program

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc,. (UNITY) has announced that the application process is now open for the 2019 class of its Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program (which was started in the 1990’s) was re-established in 2015 with the support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Read More

Earth Ambassadors visit Havasupai

In May of this year, the 2017-2018 class of UNITY Earth Ambassador had the opportunity to visit the Supai Village located at the heart of the Havasupai reservation in the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona. Supai is only accessible by hiking, horseback, or helicopter. Meaning, there are no roads for cars to travel on, yet there are thousands of tourist who visit this Grand Canyon destination from all over the world for its beautiful location and waterfalls.  Like many reservations, tribes thrive on tourism as a staple to their overall economy.

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UNITY Earth Ambassador Spotlight: Attaquin Weeden

This week’s Earth Ambassador spotlight features Attaquin Weeden, a proud member of the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts.

Attaquin grew up in a small town in Rhode Island called Green Hill and now lives in Mashpee, on Cape Cod. His people call themselves the People of the First Light and were among the first to meet the English colonists when they immigrated to America in the 1600’s. He has an older sister and a younger sister and enjoys spending time with his family. Read More

UNITY Earth Ambassador Profile: Tatiana Ticknor

Make sure to read the UNITY news E-blasts in the coming weeks as we will be sharing spotlight profiles on our current class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors. This week’s Earth Ambassador spotlight features Tatiana Ticknor (Dena’ina/Tlingit), who calls Anchorage Alaska home. She is 18 years old and graduated with honors from East Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska last May. Read More

UNITY Announces New Class of Earth Ambassadors

UNITY has announced the recipients of the 2017 UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The new class is the second group to be honored through this Environmental Stewardship program, which was reinstated in 2015 thanks in part to a matching grant awarded to UNITY by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC).

Another matching grant awarded this year by the SMSC will allow this year’s class to attend training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Native America, learn to serve as an ambassador to increase awareness of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands, and promote the efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities. Topics will focus on, but not be limited to, recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration. Read More

Earth Ambassadors Applications Being Accepted for Class of 2017 – 18

Applications Now Being Accepted for the UNITY Earth Ambassadors Program. Apply online HERE.

Earth Ambassadors

UNITY Earth Ambassadors Program Now Accepting Applications

UNITY has announced that the application process is now open for the 2017 class of its Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program (which was started in the 1990’s) was re-established in 2015 with the support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Read More


Written by Jessica McCool, UNITY Earth Ambassador and UNITY 25 Under 25 Award Recipient
earth day 9For my Earth Day project, I helped to coordinate an Earth Day event with the Environmental Department I work for on the reservation to help spread awareness on these Earth-related issues. A lot of planning and organizing went into this. We had to pick a date that would be best to have it on, a place to have it (somewhere where it was most accessible to our target audience), activities that would be held there, food, and vendors.
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Meet Nadira Mitchell, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Nadira MitchellNadira Mitchell, 14
Tucs, Arizona

My name is Nadira Mitchell, I am 14 years old. I finished 8th grade at Utterback Middle Magnet School for the Arts and will be attending Tucson High School in the Fall as a freshman. I am Navajo (Dine) on my mom’s side and Anglo-American from my dad’s side. Helping the community through volunteering, doing community service, getting involved in extra-curricular activities at school and setting a goal and working hard at achieving my goal has helped me to become a better leader. I am a Junior Docent with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Teen Conservation Leadership Corps, interpreting to visitors the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert and assisting with camps during the summer. I like science, music and photography and hope to combine all those as I continue to develop my leadership skills as a UNITY Earth Ambassador.

Meet Xavier Medina, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Xavier MedinaXavier Medina, 16 
Pascua Yaqui
Tucson, Arizona

What I’ve done in the past to become a better steward of the environment is I have participated in community clean-ups and cemetery clean-ups. In the future i want to change policies for smoke free parks. An estimated 4.5 trillion of the annual 6 trillion cigarettes sold worldwide do not end up in a dust bin or ashtray, but are simply flicked away along roadside or on pavement. The ban on indoor smoking may have exacerbated this. (Source: Current Environmental Heath Reports) Also I’d like to raise awareness about the Rio Yaqui water rights issue.