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
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.”
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.”
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 Peer Guide Cheyenne Kippenberger and UNITY National UNITY Council (NUC) Female Co-President Brittany McKane attended a Native Youth Design Lab in Pawhuska, OK, for a campaign involving narrative change surrounding Native peoples. The Design Lab was hosted by Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and IllumiNative, as well as Ryan Redcorn with Buffalo Nickel Creative Studios. The UNITY youth leaders spent two days collaborating and exchanging ideas to spark change for positive representation for Indigenous people. Read More
National UNITY Council Executive Committee member helped teach stickball at his tribes Culture Camp in Livingston, Texas for local Native youth. “It was awesome to see several of our tribes youth to participate in a long time tradition of ours” said Southern Plains Representative Colby Whitethunder of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. The resurgence in traditional games are an important part of the tribe’s Inner Voice Youth Council’s efforts to integrate wellness teachings into their prevention efforts. Read More
The Phoenix Indian Center held its annual inauguration of newly elected officers of the Future Inspired Native American Leaders (FINAL) Youth Council on August 15, 2019 at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, Arizona. In attendance for the inauguration were the following UNITY Youth Councils: Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council, Young River Peoples Council, Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council, Ak-Chin Indian Community Youth Council. UNITY Western Region Representative Tyloria Antone and UNITY Southern Plains Region Representative Colby WhiteThunder.