Youth Councils of Note – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY 25 Under 25 supports Mesa Community College Native American Day

Mesa Community College hosted its first Native American Day late last month in Mesa, Arizona. The event was hosted by MCC’s I.S.O Club which stands for Intertribal Student Organization a school club, which works hard to bring awareness to Native issues and to make sure all Natives feel welcome to the college. The event was the brainchild of Miss Colorado River Indian Tribes Audri Mitchell, 25 Under 25 Awardee, who who serves as the I.S.O Club President. The event aligns with her platform to encourage youth to be more involved in their cultural teachings. Read More

UNITY Executive Director speaks at McNary Elementary School

How many of you are the oldest child in your family?asked UNITYs Executive Director Mary Kim Titla to students at McNary Elementary school. Many raised their hands. How many of you are the middle child?More raised their hands. How many of you are the babies of the family?The last of the hands went up in the school gymnasium where all 135 students K-12 recently gathered to hear Titlas presentation during Native American Heritage Month. Read More

Monument Valley youth councils shine at Utah conference

In front of dozens of high school educators and parents, members of three UNITY affiliated youth councils in Monument Valley proudly shared the impact their community service projects are making in their communities. UNITY clubs at Monument Valley High School, San Juan High School and Whitehorse High School recently shared their experiences during a workshop at the 25th Annual Heritage Language conference hosted by the San Juan School District in Monument Valley, Utah. Read More

UNITY youth featured at Orme Dam Victory Days

UNITY youth took center stage at the 37th Annual Orme Dam Victory Days celebration hosted by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona. As a result of its long-standing relationship with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, UNITY gladly partnered with the tribe to coordinate cultural performances during the three-day event. In honor of the theme “Yavapai Youth of Tomorrow” four UNITY youth councils and other youth presented their traditional songs and dances at the Yavapai Village located at the tribe’s fairground site.

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Wellness Warriors Releases Fall Poster Collection

UNITY Wellness Warriors has released its Fall 2018 wellness campaign posters, part of an ongoing series featuring Native American youth.  The posters feature Native youth from communities across the country, representing the lifestyles they live as they express their culture, daily habits, and hobbies that allow them to live positive and healthy lifestyles.
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UNITY Youth Councils Gather to Give Thanks

“It is said that gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision of tomorrow’s young leaders,” stated Governor Gregory Mendoza; FINAL Advisor and UNITY Board Member. The Future Inspired Native American Leaders (FINAL) Youth Council hosted the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council and Young River Peoples Council for their Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The event was organized by the FINAL Youth Council Special Projects Committee comprised of youth council members at the Phoenix Indian Center.  Read More

UNITY youth receives Woman to Watch award in North Carolina

Raven Dial Stanley, 19, enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and current Miss Indian North Carolina, recently received a “Woman to Watch” award at the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference held last month in Clinton, North Carolina. Dial-Stanley was one of 10 recipients and the youngest to receive the award. She’s been active with One Spirit Youth Council, a UNITY affiliated youth council. Dial-Stanley is attending the University of NC at Greensboro where she is majoring in Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies.

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Cherokees celebrate National Holiday


“This event was a homecoming and a celebration” UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Faith Long reflected. “The 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday, in Tahlequah Oklahoma, emphasized artists and the resilience of Cherokee people. It was an honor to be apart of such an amazing tradition and represent the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians as their current Miss Cherokee title holder.”
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Yavapai Apache Nation re-organizes youth council

The Yavapai Apache Nation (YAN), located in central Arizona, is looking forward to getting its youth council up and running.  Leona Wathagoma, who has been involved with the tribal youth council for many years, is taking the lead once again to serve as its lead advisor. Wathagoma and other adults met recently with UNITY staff members to discuss reorganization and collaboration efforts. Read More

Getting to Know UNITY’s Advisor of the Year


The 2018 National Conference culminated with the annual UNITY Gala where the Council of Trustees announced annual awards to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to Native youth. Among the award winners, Ashley Dillion from the San Carlos Apache Tribe was honored as the J.R. Cook Youth Advisor of the Year.  UNITY interviewed Dillion to share her insight as an Advisor with others: