Earth Ambassadors – UNITY, Inc.

Returning Home: Siletz Tribal Youth Development Program

Read the Original Article on the OJJDP Tribal Youth Resource Center’s Blog

This summer our Youth Development and Healthy Traditions Program chaperoned a group of Siletz youth on a four-day adventure down to Southern Oregon. Our first destination was a land-restoration conservation site called Vesper Meadows located east of Ashland in the higher elevations of the Southern Cascade Mountains. This was a special place to visit for several reasons: (1) We were restoring our indigenous relationship with a land that we hadn’t gathered on in for over 150 years and (2) We were connecting our youth with one of our most well-spoken and travelled tribal elders, Grandma Aggie Pilgrim. Our second destination was to gather yampah seeds at a meadow near the base of Table Rock, which was the site of our original reservation and where we signed the Rogue River Treaty was signed. Read More

Seeds of Greatness: Tohono O’odham Earth Ambassador

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Samuel Lopez enlightens with his words, “As an Earth Ambassador, my platform is to inspire youth to go out and experience the greatness which their traditional seeds have to offer. It was a blessing to witness history right before my eyes. All indigenous youth want to be apart of their culture, they just need encouragement and a place to express themselves and this event was just that. A huge thanks to the San Xavier Co-op Farm. Special thanks to the Food Production team at the farm and the Wa:k Youth Council for helping make this event possible. “Si has haicu cem hekid!” You are important always and all the time!”

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Earth Ambassadors in Action

Sage Lacapa, UNITY Earth Ambassador has taken action and stepped into leadership roles since the National UNITY Conference. Sage Lacapa encourages with his quote. “Why wait for the future to create positive change when you can do it now! We, the youth have had so many opportunities these past six months, not for recognition, but for the leadership roles we uphold.”

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Intergenerational Call to Action for Earth Advocates

Continuing the legacy of environmental advocates, the 2019-2020 Circle of Earth Ambassadors included intergenerational teachings to engage UNITY Youth Councils in service projects. Community elders and UNITY alumni participation was made possible through the financial support of a a National Park with an initiative “Connecting with Our Homelands” to foster intergenerational sharing through Hopa Mountain, Inc. Generations of Earth Ambassadors gathered to launch this year’s environmental call to action.

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Earth Ambassadors Florida Environmental Excursion

Kayaking and cleaning a river wasn’t on the agenda during the 2019 National UNITY Conference but that’s exactly what the UNITY Earth Ambassadors (EA) did while in Orlando, Florida. The group snuck away on Saturday, July 6 to join members of the Central Florida Recon at the Econlockhatchee River for a cleaning expedition using kayaks, buckets and trash grabbers.  This was coordinated by Frank Weaver, Environmental Protector and Filmmaker. The group recovered 54 pounds of trash, 6 tires, mattress springs and 5 fish hooks. The Central Florida Recon team were given gifts from the EAs in appreciation.

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UNITY Going Green at the 2019 National Conference

As a way to honor Mother Earth and staying true to our efforts to promote environmental stewardship through UNITY’s Earth Ambassadors program, you will see less paper at the National UNITY Conference. This year only the advisors will receive a paper conference program. Everyone else is encouraged to download the program on UNITY’s Wellness Warriors (WW) App or download it at www.unityinc,org.

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All 2019 National UNITY Conference attendees are invited to take part in the UNITY Rock Project, to be used to surround the UNITY Fire and as an gift exchange.

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UNITY announces the newest class of its Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program

UNITY has announced the recipients of its 2019-2020 UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program (which was started in the 1990s) was re-established in 2015 with the support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

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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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