NUC Executive Committee – 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

UNITY Executive Committee Representative Featured in USA TODAY

National UNITY Council’s Midwest Representative Anthony Tamez-Pochel was featured in the following USA TODAY article addressing the false narratives of Columbus Day.  “For many Americans, the second Monday in October is a celebration of Italian heritage and Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage to the Americas. But a growing number of cities, states and universities are abandoning ship and replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, also known as Native Americans Day.”  Read the  entire original article here by Grace Hauck USA TODAY  Read More

Navajo basketball team featured in Netflix documentary to present at leadership conference for Native Youth

Mesa, Arizona – January 30, 2020 – United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) will hold its annual midyear conference in Tempe, Arizona, February 14-17, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe. The conference will bring together more than 300 Native youth, who will hear from motivational presenters including Chinle High School Athletic Director Shaun Martin along side members of the 2018-19 Chinle H.S. basketball team, who were featured in the Netflix documentary “Basketball or Nothing.”

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UNITY Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Leonard Planet Protector Session


Dr. Kelsey Leonard presented at TEDWomen 2019 in Palm Springs, California on December 5. She shared her ideas of why “Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans” Kelsey joined Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Shawnee, Colette Pichon Battle, Renee Lertzman and Jane Fonda, in a session called Planet Protectors.  “As a water scholar and protector, Kelsey Leonard seeks to establish Indigenous traditions of water conservation as the foundation for international water policy-making.” –Kelsey’s TED Speaker page
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Former NUC Executive Committee member named WeRNative Ambassador

Meet Your New 2020 We R Native Ambassadors
We’d like to introduce you all to the new class of We R Native Ambassadors.

According to We R Native: “This year, the program has made huge changes and you can expect big things this year from these amazing leaders.” UNITY wishes all of the Ambassadors continued success on spreading health and wellness across Indian Country.
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Calling all NUC Reps to register for this year’s Peer Leaders Training

Once a year UNITY dedicates time for leadership development trainings of the National UNITY Council representatives. We invite one young man and one young woman to serve as your Youth Council representatives. Take advantage of this free training opportunity for your youth leaders to have hands on training with UNITY Leaders before the upcoming Midyear Conference. The Peer Leaders Training will take place on Friday, February 14 from 8:30 – 12:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe, Arizona.

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Wellness Warrior ArriAnna Matt finds inner strength through weight training

ArriAnna Matt

Char-Koosta News 

ST. IGNATIUS — CSKT member ArriAnna Matt started her health and wellness journey over a year ago when she had just gotten out of a relationship. She wanted to find a healthy way to move on, so she decided the gym was the best place. “I started off with running,” said Matt. “I didn’t know what else to do or how to do it.” Despite the workouts, the changes were minimal. “I was about to give up, I wasn’t seeing the results that I wanted to.”

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Coastal Salish Canoe Teachings with Rocky Mountain Regional Representative

National UNITY Council (NUC) Rocky Mountain regional representative ArriAnna Henry-Matt, Bitterroot Salish, shared her experiences building a salishan sturgeon nose canoe to join her relatives on the Qlispé canoe journey. This was a historic event, as it has been over a hundred years since the upper Seliš have been paddling with their relatives. The UNITY Executive Committee member helped share the traditional teachings behind canoe making with her community members. This traditional art holds deep significance and cultural roots that are being revitalized locally. Read More

UNITY youth leaders speak to hundreds of tribal leaders at NCAI convention


UNITY Female Co-President Brittany McKane, Muscogee Creek, and Southwest Representative Kiera Toya, Jemez Pueblo, share their thoughts about presenting before tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians Convention held last month in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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UNITY at 30th Anniversary of Native Americans in Philanthropy

Native Americans in Philanthropy celebrated its 30th anniversary in Chicago last month featuring several Native youth leaders including the National UNTY Council’s Midwest Region Rep Anthony Tamez-Pochel (Cree/Lakota/Black). The event, promoting connections among those who serve Indian country in the philanthropic community, involved discussions about Generation Indigenous, Native youth activism and bridging the gap between urban and reservation youth. Other youth leaders playing a role at the event included siblings Dyami Thomas and Rebecca Kirk (Klamath/Anishinabe) who served as emcees. Read More