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Youth Councils of Note – Page 7 – UNITY, Inc.

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.

Page, AZ High School UNITY Council Featured In Indian Country Today

The Page High School UNITY Council in Arizona was recently featured in Indian Country Today newspaper highlighting their efforts in coordinating their contest pow wow.  The UNITY council was successful in their efforts to hold the pow wow despite a few setbacks.  Under the leadership of advisor Shannon Secody, the youth council also completed other activities throughout the school year including producing PSAs for healthy lifestyles, attending the UNITY Midyear Meeting in Washington DC, and just recently, being selected as a recipient of a National Park Foundation Active Trails grant for their project “Journey through Waterways and Walkways to Wellness.” 

Good job Page HS UNITY Council!

Read the article in Indian Country Today here.

Pictured are a few members of The Page HS UNITY Council after a presentation to the Page School Board members regarding their activities throughout the year.

Red Lake Youth Council Participates in Youth Day at Capital

“The Red Lake Nation Youth Council visited the Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 13 to participate in the 6th Annual Youth Day. The group spent the day educating policy leaders about the benefits of quality youth development programming and engaged youth in the legislative process.”

“All young people need and deserve high-quality youth development experiences that will prepare them for life, and the Red Lake Nation has a great opportunity to do our part to help the youth in our community succeed,” said Marilyn Mountain, youth council advisor.”

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Spotlight on the Anadarko UNITY Council

View the Anadarko UNITY Council Photo Gallery for a collection of pictures of this outstanding youth group.

The Anadarko UNITY Council (AUC) started in 2006 and has become very active in the National UNITY Network both locally and on the national level.  The mission of the AUC is to provide positive youth leadership development through local, regional, national, and international activities.  The combination of special projects, leadership training and networking is a key component to the Anadarko UNITY Council experience.

When asked why the youth of Anadarko have a UNITY Council, the general consensus of the council is: “UNITY gives us something to be a part of! We can stay active in the community and stay out of trouble.”

One member stated at a meeting, “I love UNITY!  If it wasn’t for UNITY I would just be at home watching TV or getting into trouble!”

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