NUC Executive Committee – UNITY, Inc.

Executive Committee Meets in Grand Ronde for Retreat Training

Earlier this month, the National UNITY Council Executive Committee (NUC EC) hosted their retreat at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon. The NUC EC engaged in numerous topics including campaign building discussions and strategies. The trainings were led by UNITY facilitator and former NUC Executive Committee Co-President, Juanita Toledo.
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National UNITY Co-Presidents address tribal leaders at NCAI Convention

Imagine being thrust onto a national stage in front of tribal leaders from across the country. That opportunity happened for National UNITY Council Co-Presidents Joseph Davis, Akimel O’odham, and SuSun Fisher, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, when they were invited to do a presentation at the 75th Convention of the National Congress of American Indians in Denver, Colorado. The convention drew hundreds of tribal leaders from reservations, communities, and Alaska Native villages. Fisher and Davis spoke to tribal leaders about UNITY’s successful track record of empowering Native youth and developing youth councils in the U.S.

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UNITY Co-Presidents participate in Arizona tribal parade

The National UNITY Council (NUC) Co-Presidents Joseph Davis, of the Gila River Indian Community (Akimel O’odham), and Susun Fisher, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, recently participated in the 93rd Annual White Mountain Apache Tribe’s parade held earlier this month in Arizona during its annual celebration featuring rodeos, carnival, cultural night performance, basketball and softball tournaments and more.  Davis, and Fisher, who were also joined by NUC Western Representative Anissa Garcia, Akimel O’odham, walked through the parade with members of the White Mountain Apache Tribal Youth Council.

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Meet the 2018-2019 NUC Executive Committee

Male Co-President | Joseph Davis: Hello there! My name is Joseph Davis, and I come from the Gila River Indian Community in southern Arizona; from the Akimel O’odham tribe. I am 23 years old and I currently work for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Ilove helping people pursue their passions. No matter what their goals might be. I think there are a lot of great things that Native youth are capable of and I want to be one of the people that inspires those voices.

 

SuSun FisherFemale Co-President | SuSun Fisher | 19, is a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. She formerly served as the 2016-2017 Northwest Representative of the NUC Executive Committee. She is a student at The University of New Mexico where she hopes to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Currently, Ms. Fisher resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico but is originally from Grand Ronde, Oregon. SuSun has previously served as Female Co President of the Siletz Tribal Youth Council. Her work with UNITY begin when she was 14, when she was named a UNITY “25 Under 25” award recipient. She furthered her leadership skills in 2014 as a White House Tribal Youth Ambassador and again in 2015 when she was named a UNITY Earth Ambassador. SuSun is a committed member to her community and plans on empowering and advocating for all native youth.
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NUC Midyear Business Meeting Agenda Available

The agenda for the National UNITY Council Midyear Business Meeting, which is scheduled for January 4, 2018, is available HERE for download/viewing.

November 2017 NUC Conference Call Minutes Available

A copy of the November 2017 National UNITY Council Executive Committee’s conference call minutes are available HERE for download/viewing.

UNITY Co-Presidents participate in national youth organizing conference

UNITY’s Co-Presidents Sophie Tiger, Comanche/Standing Rock Sioux, and Hamilton Seymour, Nooksack/Stz’ umimus First Nation, recently joined about 400 youth leaders from around the country for the second annual Youth POWER: From Rooted Resilience to Rising Power convening in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event was hosted by the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) and FCYO’s Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE). Youth organizers from more than 100 other groups from across the U.S. participated in three days of exciting activities including organizing trainings, relationship building, strategy development, learning tours, and fun.

“Youth Power Rising was an amazing conference! I had the opportunity to meet youth from all backgrounds who are doing phenomenal things to change the conditions within their community and for society. I gained knowledge of strategies to create change within Indian Country and I cannot wait to share these ideas and strategies with the Executive Committee and the youth! I would love to thank UNITY for once again providing endless opportunities that allow growth in leadership development,” said Tiger.

“This conference was a success. You really have to take a moment and appreciate F.C.Y.O. for hosting something that can be tough to host but can easily inspire someone to be a leader. I acknowledge their outstanding effort and success for this conference because I know how hard it can be to help facilitate and organize a conference with 400 plus people. I commend them from a personal perspective as I have been attending UNITY conferences since 2013, but I have been able to work behind the scenes since 2014. There’s a lot of little things that go into making a big conference successful. As an attendee, I got to learn and grow as I sat down in some pretty intense workshops. This conference was just amazing from the people I met, and from what I was able to learn. Of course, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if it wasn’t for U.N.I.T.Y. So I have to say ‘thank you’ to this organization once again, for helping strengthen my leadership,” said Seymour.

Youth Power Rising encouraged students to learn about historical and current impacts of colonization and explore resiliency practices, tools and cultural practices that have stood the test of time. In addition, youth discussion focused on strengthening the self-determination of communities to have the political, economic and cultural power to build just, healthy and thriving communities.

UNITY thanks FCYO for inviting UNITY youth leaders to participate.

 

Indigenous H.E.R.O Project: National UNITY Council Initiative | UPDATE: Resolution Now Available for Download

Outgoing Executive Committee challenged UNITY Youth Councils to create community projects focused on Bullying Awareness at the 2017 National Conference. The National UNITY Council adopted the HERO Initiative and Resolution at their Annual Business Meeting this summer in Denver, Colorado.

H.E.R.O. stands for the traditional concepts that can be used to live a healthy lifestyle when faced with adversity: Healing, Empower, Respect and Overcome. The Executive Committee hopes that UNITY Youth Councils will encourage others to “Be a Hero” in their home communities to the combat negative consequences associated with bullying. How can your youth help spread awareness? For more information or to let us know of your HERO project please contact your Regional Representative or the EC Liaison Josh Tso at j.tso@unityinc.org.

The National UNITY Council’s resolution is available HERE.

Meet the 2017-2018 NUC Executive Committee

The following individuals were elected during the 2017 National UNITY Conference in Denver, CO to serve on the 2017-2018 National UNITY Council Executive Committee.

Female Co-President | Sophie Tiger, 19, is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and also from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She has used her experience in her leadership roles to devote her time to contribute to the change within her own community. Sophie played an instrumental role in the development of a drug free youth empowerment initiative that is still supported by the Native community in Comanche Country. During her time at the White House Tribal Leaders Conference as a Youth Ambassador, she had the opportunity to help bring awareness of this initiative to the national level. During President Barack Obama’s address to the Tribal Leaders, he stated that the White House Tribal Youth Ambassadors would also be considered the inaugural class of Youth Ambassadors for Generation Indigenous (Gen-I).  Ms. Tiger continued her work with the White House by serving as a member of the steering committee for the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering. Read More

Minutes of July 2017 Executive Committee Meeting Now Available

Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting that took place on July 13, 2017 may be viewed HERE.