NUC Executive Committee – UNITY, Inc.

Become a UNITY Member for FREE in 2020!

The National UNITY Council (NUC) Executive Committee first suggested the idea of waiving affiliation fees as a way to be more inclusive and assist those who have been impacted by the pandemic. UNITY acted on the recommendation and is excited to waive this year’s affiliation fees for youth councils and individuals in hopes to reach even more Native youth through the upcoming virtual events. Those who have already paid their membership dues will automatically be in “Good Standing” through July 1, 2022.

Youth Councils and Individual Members may join the UNITY Network for free when completing an Annual Report before June 15, 2020. 

25 Under 25 Awardee featured in NCAI Native Vote Virtual Rally

NCAI Launches 2020 Native Vote Efforts
with Star-Studded Virtual Rally
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NUC Executive Committee Member Anthony Tamez-Pochel, recent UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee, will be featured in the upcoming Native Vote Virtual Rally. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Fawn Sharp and UNITY Alumni DJ Emcee One will co-host the Native Vote Taking Action in 2020 Virtual Rally. This event will serve as the official kick-off for NCAI’s Native Vote initiative for 2020 and will stream live online via NCAI’s Facebook and YouTube channels to launch voter engagement in one of the most important years for civic engagement in Indian Country.

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Native youth councils and advisers find ways to connect!


UNITY affiliated youth councils around the country are finding ways to meet to discuss their initiatives and continue their community service projects. Youth on the Yavapai Apache Nation in Arizona met last month via Zoom video conferencing. They are re-organizing as a youth council. By the end of the meeting, the youth decided to work on positive messaging in the community. Some committed to creating posters with positive messages to hang in the community. Others said they would write notes to include in food baskets that were being distributed to the elders. UNITY’s executive director Mary Kim Titla was invited to be a special guest at the meeting.

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UNITY Kicks Off Virtual 44 Day Challenge to Celebrate 44th Birthday

United National Indian Tribal Youth, UNITY, is celebrating its 44th birthday tomorrow, April 16. In honor of their 44 years, UNITY, the largest Native youth leadership development organization, will be kicking off a 44 Day Challenge for Native youth on Facebook Live. UNITY wants to encourage youth to reach out to others, and to send the message that, even though we are all staying at home, we can still find ways to serve our communities.

Members of the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee will share ways youth councils and individuals can complete a project while self-isolating, utilizing the YOUth Can! Curriculum. They will also give tips for staying connected with other Native youth using various online platforms while social distancing, and share available resources.

What: UNITY 44 Day Challenge Facebook Live Kick-Off
When: Thursday, April 16, 3 p.m.
Where: https://www.facebook.com/UNITYinc76/
Who: The Live Kick-Off will be led by members of the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee.

Join Native youth leaders live at 3 p.m. PST tomorrow: https://www.facebook.com/UNITYinc76/

12 Native Youth you should follow on Instagram!

As many of our Native youth are faced with the reality of being confined to their homes and often rooms, their cellphones and social media become their only outlets. While social media is seen by many as a negative and hindering outlet, there are people changing that narrative, Native youth.

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UNITY Holds Annual Midyear Conference


Native Youth Gather for Learning and Collaboration 

The 2020 UNITY Midyear Conference, held February 14-17 in Tempe, Arizona, brought together more than 450 Native American and Alaska Native youth and advisors from rural and urban tribal communities across the U.S. for four days of learning, cultural sharing, and collaboration. The focus of this year’s conference was on healing, and strengthening Native youth identity and sense of belonging. Importantly, UNITY affiliated youth councils and individuals left the conference with completed action plans for community service projects.
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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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