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Youth Councils of Note – Page 5 – UNITY, Inc.

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:  

Navajo Youth Council looks to Affiliate with UNITY

The Navajo Nation Youth Advisory Council (NNYAC), which was formed just three months ago, is exploring ways to partner with UNITY including becoming an affiliated youth council. The group, with youth members representing chapters across the reservation, meets once a month. For its recent presentation in Window Rock, Arizona,, UNITY was well-represented with former National UNITY Council Executive Committee Co-President Nataanii Hatathlie, 25 Under 25 youth leader Xavier Medina and UNITY’s executive director Mary Kim Titla.
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Table Mountain Rancheria Community All In!

UNITY shouts out a “Big Thank You” to Chairwoman Leanne Walker-Grant from Table Mountain Rancheria. She had the winning bid for a limited edition J.R. Cook Founders UNITY Pendleton Blanket. The live auction was held at the Celebration Award Banquet the last evening of the 2018 National UNITY Conference in San Diego, California.
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Youth Council Collaborates with Health Department to Produce Video

The San Carlos Apache Youth Council (SCAYC) teamed up with the Tribal Health Department on the San Carlos Apache Reservation to issue a warning about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Three people on the reservation have died in the past 14 months due to this bacterial disease, which is spread through the bite of an infected tick. Two members of the SCAYC narrate the two-minute video, which educates tribal residents about the disease and how to take preventive measures. Way to go San Carlos Apache Youth Council!

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