News Releases – UNITY, Inc.

Serving in Indonesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer by Sapphire Carter

I’m resourceful. As a Peace Corps Secondary Education volunteer, I’ve learned to work in situations with little to no available resources, in extreme physical and mental conditions. Even without books, electricity or similarly modern conveniences, I am still able to give my students a quality education.”  -Sapphire Carter, 24, Chippewa Cree, UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee
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UNITY in Alaska Part #2: The Journey By Jared Ivins-Massey

This is Part Two of Jared Ivins-Massey’s recent trip to Fairbanks, Alaska where he and 19 Alaska Native youth participated in The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Tribal Management Program – Tribal Youth Advocacy Institute. The program was developed in response to the needs of Alaska Native Tribal Governments and is part of a comprehensive plan to spread academic education throughout the state and in every indigenous rural community.
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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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Maddie Lamb Making Big Moves in Santa Fe


UNITY Caught up with 25 Under 25 Awardee Maddie Lamb to share her experiences as she recently moved to New Mexico to continue her higher education and artistic vission:
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UNITY Co-Presidents participate in Arizona tribal parade

The National UNITY Council (NUC) Co-Presidents Joseph Davis, of the Gila River Indian Community (Akimel O’odham), and Susun Fisher, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, recently participated in the 93rd Annual White Mountain Apache Tribe’s parade held earlier this month in Arizona during its annual celebration featuring rodeos, carnival, cultural night performance, basketball and softball tournaments and more.  Davis, and Fisher, who were also joined by NUC Western Representative Anissa Garcia, Akimel O’odham, walked through the parade with members of the White Mountain Apache Tribal Youth Council.

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UNITY Alumni Honored for Community Advocacy


Layha Spoonhunter received the “Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year Award” at the 2018 National UNITY Conference in San Diego, California at the 42nd Annual UNITY Gala banquet, Sunday, July 8, for his dedication and leadership reaching his community and American Indian youth through service and advocacy.  Read More

Jr. Miss White Mountain Apache: A Legacy of Excellence in UNITY 

The title of Jr Miss White Mountain Apache was created in 2006 but has been consistent since 2008. It was the first time our tribe would have a representative between the ages of 13 to 17. In 2008, there were 10 contestants who competed for the title, each young girl representing different parts of the White Mountain Apache reservation. Read More

UNITY Youth Help Lead ASU’s Tribal Nations Tour

What better way to start off the school year, than in service and empowering others to reach for their dreams! UNITY’s 25 Under 25 awardee Lance Sanchez  joined ASU’s Office of American Indian Initiatives team to participate in this year’s Tribal Nations Tour last week. Former National UNITY Council Executive Committee member Lance Sanchez, Tohono O’odham Nation, recently graduated from Tohono O’odham Community College and is starting this Fall Semester as a transfer Junior double majoring in America Indian Studies and  Community Advocacy and Social Policy.
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Challenge Accepted: Youth Council of the Year SRPMIC Wellness Warriors

UNITY’s 2018 Youth Council of the Year leads by example hosting a variety of wellness events within their community. Young River Peoples Council of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona, was recognized as Youth Council of the Year last month at the National UNITY Conference in San Diego. The UNITY Wellness Warriors Program challenges affiliated youth councils to implement a Wellness Warrior event this year. By utilizing the project planning tools offered through the free mobile phone app and on the UNITY website, youth councils can join the national movement and share traditional wellness teachings with their home community. The Wellness Warriors program promotes Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social Wellness. Congrats to the SRPMIC’s youth for promoting wellness in each of these areas!

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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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