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My healing journey: UNITY Alaskan Native youth

Healing Indigenous Lives Youth Submission: Korbin Storms, Native Village of Unalakleet, Alaska

I would tell Native Youth that struggle to see themselves as leaders that they have resiliency in their DNA, that sometimes it takes someone who has been low and lost before to connect to others that are feeling that way, that they have a unique perspective and so much potential to enact change and that the best leaders are those that give hope to others. The challenge I am most proud of overcoming in my lifetime is learning that although I have a relationship with mental illness it is not define who I am. I am so much more than my depression. That, perhaps most importantly, I could be a good mother despite my illness.

If you are putting yourself into a leadership role that focuses on healing oneself, you must show character and be transparent. 

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When I learned to love the desert, I learned to love myself

UNITY Healing Indigenous Lives Youth Submission: Damien Carlos
My whole life until I was fifteen, I didn’t know much of anything about my culture besides the fact that I belonged to the Tohono O’odham tribe. I knew nothing about where I came from. I went to schools on and off the reservation. My family dealt with alcoholism. I was in a dark place for a long time. When I was fifteen I moved back to the reservation and found people that were willing to take me places to learn about my culture. I learned songs, stories, and helped in ceremonies. I haven’t looked back since. When I learned to love the Tohono (Desert), I learned to love myself. For the last two years, I’ve been working with other youth from my community that have stories similar to mine to create a program to create opportunities for more youth to experience and learn out culture. I believe my culture saved my life and can help many more kids. Read More

Power of Empathy in Native Youth Leadership

Healing Indigenous Lives Youth Submission: Kyleigh Shipman 

In my early childhood, I witnessed close relatives struggling with substance abuse. After speaking with them, I have come to the understanding that these are battles in which a person begins to lose control. This has had a major impact on my life, and I had to learn how to handle situations that include substance abuse and alcoholism at a very young age. I learned that letting a person know that people are supporting them and assisting them in whatever they need support. Learning empathy for others has shaped my
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Thomas Henry’s vision for Saginaw Chippewa

Youth Leader Submission: Boozhoo Ginewanakwad ndiznikaaz miishiks ndoodem, Mount Pleasat nidojiba. Hello my spirit name is Golden Eagle Cloud, I am of the Turtle Clan and live in Mount Pleasant. My English name is Thomas Rae Henry, attending Mount Pleasant High School. As a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, I enjoy running, playing guitar, skateboarding, and dancing at powwows. My interests are in fashion, native culture, traditional foods and medicines, our native language, politics, and economics. I run cross country and track and am the oldest sibling in my family. I take pride in having two sisters and a little brother who look up to me. I set a good example for the native youth in my community living a drug and alcohol free life. Read More

Meet HoChunk Leader Asia Rave

Youth Leader Submission: Hoocak rašra Hohaapjikereiga hiigaire Anaaga Maixete rašra Asia Ravega hiigaire, Nioxawanį eja haci haje. Nioxawani celebs hiyugeina. Hello, My Hochunk name is Morning light and my English name is Asia Rave. I am tribally affiliated with the Hochunk Nation in Western Wisconsin and surrounding areas and am the previous 153rd Jr miss Winnebago Nebraska (one of the oldest powwows in North America) and present Miss Nioxawani powwow princess. I am the daughter of Jeriah and Erin Rave and Michelle Rave. I have 8 siblings, including 7 who are also enrolled and am an advocate for the preservation of the Hochunk language as we are losing both our language and culture. Read More

Finding Leadership through Recycling

Meet Evelyn Vega-Simpson: Through serving as the Media Coordinator for the Tulalip Youth Council, 16 year old Evelyn has developed excellent public speaking skills while being comfortable in front of a crowd. “I have developed problem solving skills, and have good communication skills” she explained. Evelyn found her true calling for leadership through her community service work preserving the environment. As the Chair of the Environment Committee, Evelyn would like to change the way Tulalip Tribes recycle. Another goal for her is to work with her Tribal Board of Directors to install more solar panels. Read More

A Virtual Indian Summer

Youth Author: Kennedy G. Fridia featured on Tribal Youth Resource Center’s Blog

I have attended various virtual camps and events during the pandemic including THRIVE, WE R NATIVE Springboard Lab, UNITY United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc., Generation Indigenous Ways, Native American Youth Entrepreneurship Camp and Wichita Tribe Native Connections Culture Classes to name a few.  A great thing about some of these camps was that youth could win gift cards and swag.  For one event, I was even compensated.  Since I am only fourteen getting paid was a BONUS!  My favorite event was the THRIVE camp which had many different focus areas.  In this camp, I got to make digital beats, compete in Indigenous trivia competitions, and make art with Steven Paul Judd! Read More

Training Opportunity: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Part 1

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Part 1
Hosted By: National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC
January 20, 2021
9-10:30am AKT/ 10-11:30am PT/ 11-12:30pm MT/ 12-1:30pm CT/ 1-2:30pm ET

This webinar series presents the basic concepts of Motivational Interviewing (MI), its relationship to those individuals facing change, especially in this unprecedented season of pandemic. This training is for helpers who work with American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN). It is intended to elicit recognition of natural skill in engaging ambivalent clients, and go deeper by connecting innate ability with the evidence based practice of MI. The material is applicable to many helping roles including professionals in behavioral health

It’s the announcement you have all been waiting for — news about UNITY’s Annual Mid-Year and National Conferences!

Keeping it fun and safe are UNITY’s top priorities. With that said, the 2021 UNITY Mid-Year Conference will be a virtual conference with limited hybrid (in-person) elements and has been rescheduled for Friday, April 23rd. The Mid-Year will be hosted in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. NMAI will host a Virtual Youth Summit on Earth Day, April 22nd. More details to be shared later.

The National UNITY Conference will be an in-person event on July 2-6 in Dallas, TX. There will be a virtual component for all who cannot attend in-person.

Registration for both conferences and hotel booking will open by the end of the month. Stay tuned for more details coming soon on UNITY’s website!

We all look forward to connecting safely! It’s been a year of reinvention. Thank you for staying resilient! Look for the following hashtags on social media:

  • 2021 Midyear: #MYUNITY2021
  • 2021 Nationals: #UNITY2021 #NativeYouth2021

Idyllwild Arts Open House for Native Students interested in World Class Arts Education

Join us for one of four online Information sessions designed specifically for Native American students, families, and parents curious about the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (all ages) or Idyllwild Arts Academy (grades 9-12 + postgrad). Faculty, alumni, and staff will share information about attending high school or summer camp on our beautiful mountain campus in the middle of Cahuilla Country, as well as about our online learning options, our new Gap Year program, and scholarship opportunities. Each session is a one-stop shop packed with information.

Dates:   Thursday, January 21, 2021, 4pm PST
               Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4pm PST
               Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4pm PST


Oh yes! We have scholarships for the following workshop (all supplies included!) check it out!

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