Earth Ambassadors – UNITY, Inc.

Three Resolutions for the National UNITY Council to Consider

Greetings National UNITY Council,

Your UNITY youth leaders have been busy! On behalf of your elected Executive Committee representatives, we are eager to share the following proposed initiatives sponsored by various Programs within the UNITY Network. Each Program focuses on a different aspect of the social, mental, spiritual and physical development. As you may know the members of each UNITY-affiliated youth council appoint two individuals (one young woman, one young man) to serve as their representatives on the National UNITY Council (NUC).   Read More

Rewarding Experience for the O’odham Soul: Earth Ambassador Reflections

Article submitted by UNITY Earth Ambassador, Samuel Lopez: “I was the coordinator of a workshop titled “Tohono O’odham Hunting/Traditional Foods” at our annual Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Conference. The goal of this workshop was to teach youth the importance of Tohono O’odham traditional food in our physical, social, spiritual, and mental well-being as a people. The participants sorted two types of Ba:wi (Tepary Beans), Weg ck Tota (Red and White), the only two of about thirty two types that survived through WWII. This is a very calm and peaceful process, so a lot of youth found comfort in this. Read More

Earth Ambassador Mentor: Frank Weaver

Frank Weaver is a mentor to the UNITY Earth Ambassadors. He is an Environmental Activist and Filmmaker. Frank grew up in Paraguay and now lives in Orlando Florida. He won “Planet Inspired” a National Geographic award for inspiring people, and is the founder of the Solar Map Project. His passion is to preserve and restore the environment. Learn more about this mentors efforts and how you can get involved today!

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UNITY Earth Ambassador’s determination for change

UNITY Earth Ambassador, Kaylene Nevaquaya, launched her environmental project in early September. She began with a letter to her tribe’s (Comanche Nation) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place recycling bins around the community. The head director of the EPA, Lynn Schonchin, responded positively and has offered to help her with other projects.

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Earth Ambassador creates “How to Compost” video

UNITY Earth Ambassador, Zunneh-Bah Martin (Diné), produced a How to Compost YOUTUBE video. Her message is a call to action to encourage people to take steps with the simple things in everyday life to make a positive imprint on the environment. She also is living the “Zero Waste” way.  Watch for future HOW-TO videos from Zunneh-Bah, Earth Ambassadors and YOU!.  Read More

UNITY Earth Ambassador thrives in Social Justice Fellowship

There are more than 500 abandoned uranium mines on and near the Navajo Nation, most of which have not been cleaned up, and UNITY Earth Ambassador Zunneh-bah Martin, Diné and Modoc’, New Mexico, plans to do something about this.  Martin shares that she is “having a great experience with the Indigenous Lifeways Social Justice Fellowship. It is empowering to be amongst Indigenous women leaders from across the Navajo reservation and to be working on social justice issues in our communities. I believe that it is important to build these types of relationships to grow/strengthen support systems for our people who advocate for social justice. It is always comforting to know that you are not the only one who wants to make positive changes, even if you are one of a few.”
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UNITY Leader finds Resiliency in Storytelling


UNITY youth leaders have taken center stage across the U.S. this Native American Heritage Month. UNITY Peer Guide and Earth Ambassador, Angela Noah, White Mountain Apache,  presented at the Oregon Students of Color Conference at Lane Community College representing the University of Oregon’s Native American Student Union. Her workshop, “Resiliency in Storytelling,” about the importance of oral traditional storytelling and cultural songs, was highlighted among students of color attending the conference from throughout the Northwest.

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UNITY youth in action: RHS Student thanked Mayor & Council for Proclamation

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee and former Earth Ambassador Jazmine Wildcat continues her legacy of leadership within her community. A Riverton High School Student appeared before the Riverton City Council this past Tuesday to thank the Mayor and Council for the proclamation the city issued for Native American Heritage Month. Jazmine Wildcat’s comments, in their entirety, are copied below: Read More

Southeastern Earth Ambassador Spotlight

UNITY Earth Ambassador Hope Long, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, shares her community involvement: 

October was busy for Hope Long. She is an active member of the of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Youth Council (CYC) and serves as Chairman the Junaluska Leadership Council (JLC). These youth council programs are sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to develop leadership for younger members. CYC focuses on community service projects and culture and JLC provides members provides exposure and experience of tribal government.

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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