Youth Councils of Note – Page 6 – UNITY, Inc.

Alaska Native Youth Establish New Council

Aleut YouthSt. Paul Island, AK  – – UNITY welcomes its newest affiliate, the Aleut UNITY Youth Tribal Council, representing  the Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island, one of five volcanic islands located in the Bering Sea.

The group joined UNITY last September after the resolution was unanimously passed by the Aleut Community of St. Paul Tribal Government to establish this new youth council. The council will support the youth by providing leadership training, guidance, and experience opportunities to better prepare them for the important roles as the tribe’s future leaders.

The youth council Bylaws outlines its objectives, which are to:

  • provide a collective voice and represent the tribal youth in all matters that concern them
  • serve as a means of mobilizing and coordinating the actions of youth, other community members and organizations toward positive goals 
  • promote the development of future tribal leaders
  • help solve problems facing tribal youth
  • coordinate school and community service projects, and
  • provide opportunities for the youth to interact for fun and fellowship. Read More

Phoenix Union High School District Affiliated with UNITY

Union High School StudentsPhoenix—UNITY welcomes its newest affiliate – the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD)!  The group recently held a UNITY Youth Council Training to learn about the organization and receive assistance in starting its youth council. Nearly 40 people attended the training, which was sponsored by the PUHSD Native American Education Program, including students, parents, advisors, and UNITY staff.

The event began with ice-breakers and team-building activities provided by members of the Mesa Strength Youth Council and the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council.  Participants enjoyed a spaghetti dinner thanks to the PUHSD NEA Program. Lynnann Yazzie, Project Coordinator of UNITY’s Today’s Native Leaders project, provided guidance for establishing a UNITY youth council. The Morning Star Leaders Youth Council and Mesa Strength Youth Council shared information regarding meetings, activities, and community involvement.

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White Mountain Apache Youth Council Hosted Inauguration of Newly Elected Officers in September

White Mountain Apache Youth Council Swearing InThe White Mountain Apache Youth Council held its annual inauguration of newly elected officers on September 4 at Hon-Dah Resort & Casino.

The inauguration event included the swearing in of fourteen (14) new officers including Co-Presidents Rashaan Stover and Mandy Dazen, Vice President Jade Cosay, Secretary/Treasurer D’Marco Slick, Public Relations Chance Hill, District I Reps Robinson Foster and AnDru Henry, District II Reps Shasta Dazen and Manuel Dazen, Jr., District III Reps Maria Walker and Shania Opah and District IV Reps Ignatius Lupe, Jr., Eric Mitchell, and Leona Tate.

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UNITY Native Youth Serve as Grand Marshals for 32nd Annual Native American Connections Parade

Native Youth GroupPhoenix, Arizona—UNITY youth were selected this year as the distinguished Grand Marshals for the Native American Connections Parade, part of the annual Native American Recognition Days (NARD) celebrated in the Phoenix-metro area every October and November. The parade, which took place on Saturday, October 11 and is sponsored and organized by Native American Connections – a Native American service and development organization in the Phoenix area, is a highlighted event of the more than 25 NARD events that will take place this year.

UNITY youth councils from around the state and surrounding communities showed up in force to represent and celebrate Native youth. Members of the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council, Yavapai-Apache Nation Youth Council, White Mountain Apache Youth Council, San Carlos Apache Youth Council, Hualapai Nation Youth Council, Cesar Chavez High School Youth Council, Mesa Strength Youth Council, and Mountain View High School Native American Club took part in the special day. Several hundred parade watchers cheered from the streets of downtown Phoenix as the parade grand marshals, float entries, bands and tribal royalty entertained and waved to the crowd.

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Redwood Valley UNITY Youth in the News

The following is from a recent story in the Redwood Falls (MN) Gazette.

Who is blessed more – those who give or those who receive? If one were to ask Clara Friese that question, the answer would be simple. Being able to give to others in need provides far greater blessing. Friese experienced that blessing again recently when she and a group of local individuals took truckloads of donated items to the Crow Creek reservation in South Dakota.

…Friese said more than 80 bikes were donated to the people of Crow Creek through the collection. Students from the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) group at Redwood Valley spent a lot of time helping load items during the local collection, and they also took the initiative to pump up bike tires and make sure the bikes all worked. “They were riding them all over the Tersteeg’s parking lot,” said Friese with a smile.

Read the rest of the story by following the link on over to the Redwood Falls Gazette website.

UNITY Youth Selected as Parade Grand Marshals

Grand Marshal Flyer

UNITY, Inc. is excited to share that UNITY youth will serve as the official Parade Grand Marshal at the 32nd Annual Native American Connections Parade on October 11, 2014 in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. 

The parade is part of the Native American Recognition Days, a series of events and activities between the months of September and November, celebrating Native American culture, traditions, community and achievements.

To download the official parade flyer with parade route and details, click on image above. To learn more about Native American Recognition Days, click here.

UNITY Youth Featured on Parade Billboard

Youth of the Jemez UNITY Youth Council are pictured on a billboard promoting the parade. Click on the picture to the left to view a larger version.

Coeur d’Alene Conducts Youth Conference

Coeur d'Alene Youth ConferenceCOEUR D’ALENE- UNITY Week was held on the Coeur d’Alene reservation in Worley, Idaho from August 12-15, 2014 with an attendance of roughly 120 youth throughout the week.  The youth conference drew in students from Owyhee, Nevada join us as well as UNITY family from Nooksack, Kalispell, Spokane, Montana and Nez Perce tribes. The conference featured a day devoted to Spiritual, Physical, Mental, and Social aspects of UNITY’s medicine wheel.

In conjunction with the conference there was an evening dance as well as a boat cruise on lake Coeur d’Alene. The conference featured a huge lineup of keynote speakers this year including UNITY’s current Female Co-President Sarah Scott, Jude, CeCe and Rick Schimmel, and the current Miss Indian World Taylor Thomas.

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UNITY Youth Participate in the Navajo Nation Fair

Youth at Navajo FairWindow Rock, Arizona—UNITY youth were invited recently to participate in the largest gathering of Native Americans in North America, the Navajo Nation Fair.  During the first week of September, UNITY youth joined thousands of people who flocked to the 68th Annual Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Arizona. Visitors to the annual celebration enjoyed weeklong events such as a baby contest, Miss Navajo Nation contest, pow-wow, rodeo, and a traditional Navajo Song and Dance.

A highlight of the fair is the Ashkii Happy Kids Day, held on Thursday September 4th at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds.  Navajo Youth from all over the Navajo Reservation joined in activities and visited the many information booths available in Nakai Hall. Students involved with United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, spent the day handing out information about UNITY youth programs including Kelly Charley, Navajo, a recipient of the 25 Under 25 Leadership Award.

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Jude Schimmel Speaks to Worley Youth Group

The following story was posted on the Coeur d’ Alene Press website on August 18, 2014.

WORLEY (Idaho) – The easier the questions were, the longer it took to answer.

But Louisville senior Jude Schimmel told her story and allowed for Q&A after speaking to a crowd of more than 200 at the United National Indian Tribal Youth conference here Thursday.

“Will you eat lunch with me?” one child asked.

“Will you sign my shirt?” another followed.

While the 20-year-old Native American icon was too busy for the lunch, she did sign dozens of items.

Read the rest of the story online on the Coeur d’ Alene Press website.

Page High School Crowns Miss PHS UNITY Princess

 

 

Page High School in Arizona recently held the Miss PHS UNITY Princess Pageant and Miss Lehua Secody was crowned Princess. Click on the picture to the left to view a larger version of the collage, which includes pictures of the contestants and their escorts.

Congratulations Princess Secody and to all pageant contestants.