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The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth in Foster Care

VVHere are highlights from our conversation with Veronica V., age 24, from Santa Clara County, California. Veronica participates in iFoster’s TAY AmeriCorps program—an opportunity for transition-age foster youth (TAY) to gain the skills they need to find permanent employment once they age out of the foster care system and are on their own. In this role she connects foster youth to resources.

 

 

 

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UNITY Male Co-President Scottie Miller Steps Up for the Environment 

Many may know Scottie Miller (Swinomish, Washington) as the funny, lovable Northwest Wellness Warrior or the wise Male Co-President of the National UNITY Council, but in his down town this leader makes time to play an active role in his community’s environmental team in Swinomish.  “All UNITY youth should take a stand to protect and advocate for environmental issues whenever possible. It is very important to lead by example as an ambassador” says Scottie.
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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 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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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

UNITY leaders attend Native Youth Design Lab

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