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Native American tribes in Texas rally to increase voter turnout

 SEPT. 25, 2020 – Native American tribe members say mistrust of the government and a history of erasure of indigenous people contribute to a lack of voter participation. Read More

Youth Summit Coming October 3rd!

Help support UNITY’s partners at NEA by spreading the word on this opportunity for Native Youth!  Calling all young people in college, high school, and the community! We’re coming together for an empowering day curated by SpeakOut – The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture. Read More

Resources From We Decide: Arts, Culture and Voting Power

Learn more about groups working to expand Civic Participation. The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, alongside our friends at Arts & Democracy co-presented We Decide: Arts, Culture, and Voting Power, a webinar focused on how arts, culture, and creative media can reimagine our democracy and revitalize civic participation, with a focus on historically disenfranchised communities. We were thrilled by the outpouring of ideas and enthusiasm to use arts and culture for building toward our 2020 election. If you missed the event or would like to watch it again, here is the link to the recording.

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National N8V Youth 4 Biden Roundtable features UNITY Peer Leaders

We’re very proud of our Native Youth leaders for their participation in the upcoming election. We all must do our part to ensure that Native youth are empowered to Register to Vote. The National N8V Youth Roundtable will include UNITY Peer Guide & 25 Under 25 Awardee Angela Noah (White Mountain Apache / Oklahoma Choctaw), Aminah Ghaffar (Lumbee), UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Owen Oliver (Quinault), National UNITY Council’s Male Co-President Robert “Scottie” Miller (Swinomish), National UNITY Council’s Female CoPresident Brittany McKane (Creek / Seminole),  and Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache).

UNITY Inc. is non-political, non-partisan, and we do not support or endorse any political candidates.

Thursday, September 24 N8V Youth 4 Biden will be hosting a roundtable discussion with young tribal rising stars from around the country at 6:00 pm ET! Please sign up here to join!

School-to-prison pipeline has deep roots in tangled history of tribal schools

Elementary school students pose for their class picture in 1951 at the Phoenix Indian School. While other parts of the school lived on, the elementary school closed in the 1960s. It is now part of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, which tells the story of the school. (Photo courtesy Heard Museum Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives)Elementary school students pose for their class picture in 1951 at the Phoenix Indian School. While other parts of the school lived on, the elementary school closed in the 1960s. It is now part of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, which tells the story of the school. (Photo courtesy Heard Museum Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives)

Calah Schlabach, News 21 with Cronkite News PHOENIX — In the early 1930s, Robert Carr, a member of the Creek Nation, was expelled for “incorrigible behavior” from Chilocco Indian Agricultural School near the Kansas-Oklahoma border. By the time he was 21, Carr had been incarcerated in three different institutions. He died in a Kansas state prison where he was held for stealing $30 worth of food, said his niece, K. Tsianina Lomawaima, a professor and Indigenous studies scholar at Arizona State University. Read More

UNITY 25 Under 25 Anthony Tamez-Pochel Is a Native American Defending History—and the Future.

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee “Anthony Tamez-Pochel wasn’t even a teenager yet when he knew his life’s purpose. He just needed a little help from his brother and the city of Chicago.” Article in Men’s Health BY

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UNITY Virtual Workshop: Taking Action in 2020 – Civic Engagement in Indian Country

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Youth Commission officers from around Indian Country will lead a how-to video featuring running for office, registering to vote, ways to engage Native voters under the age of 18, and how to fill-out the Census and talk to family about the Census. Read More

When We All Vote Resources for Native Youth

YOU are the best person to make sure your community is registered and ready to vote.

When We All Vote is a non-partisan effort that believes we can all make a difference in our democracy by inspiring more Americans to make their voices heard at the ballot box. The work begins in our communities — neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend — we can start a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting. Just imagine what is possible if we all made our voices heard in every election. In order to work towards this goal, we need YOU. Read More

2020 GETTING OUT THE NATIVE YOUTH VOTE

WE WANT YOU TO BECOME PART OF A NATIVE YOUTH VOTING SQUAD! 

2020 could be the year of the young voter! You can be a part of it. All you have to do is register to vote and encourage one of your peers to do the same. Doing so means performing your first real civic duty! We are looking for Recruit at least 12 youth councils and 5 individuals to sign up to become Youth Squad members for the purposes of recruiting their peers to become new voters!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TODAY

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Safety.com Publishes College Student Conversation Guide

According to a new survey among students impacted by COVID-19, an overwhelming majority either somewhat or strongly agreed they were experiencing increased stress and uncertainty.

In these unprecedented times, schools are working to implement new guidelines and protocols to help keep everyone on campus safe, reduce stress and anxiety, and help make the most out of getting back to campus life.

There will be difficult conversations taking place among roommates, friends, professors, and staff about best practices for staying safe while at school. So Safety.com has published a conversation guide with several important tips to help students prepare for the new normal at colleges this fall. You can view the Safety.com guide HERE.