News Releases – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY Announces Series of Educational Webinars this Fall

Leaders will cover topic relevant to Native youth like voting, virtual learning and social media.

October 5, 2020 – Mesa, AZ – United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will hold a series of webinars this fall that will further its mission of fostering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native Youth. Read More

UNITY’s First-Ever Virtual Conference Inspires Native Youth from Across the Country


The annual leadership event featured speakers including Congresswomen Deb Haaland (New Mexico) and Sharice Davids (Kansas), recording artists Jewel, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, Radmilla Cody, filmmaker Kyle Bell and more.
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UNITY Virtual Conference to lead-off with Congresswomen Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids

The country’s first Native American congresswomen will speak at the first general session, along with Native American actor Tatanka Means.

UNITY will kick off its first-ever virtual national conference on Thursday, June 25, at 2 p.m. PT, with a general session featuring three prestigious guest presenters. United States congresswomen Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas, the country’s first two Native American congresswomen, and award-winning Native American actor, stand-up comedian, and motivational speaker Tatanka Means will share inspirational words for Native youth and families. Read More

A message from Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director for the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY)

UNITY's new logo.

We join countless communities across the nation in denouncing the senseless murder of George Floyd, and racial discrimination of any kind, by any individual or group. We grieve with Mr. Floyd’s family and all of America and demand justice and accountability.

It’s all too familiar. Research shows that minorities, including Native Americans and Black Americans, face a higher lifetime risk of brutality by police. Tolerance has been exhausted, and we will not remain silent.

Like a vast number of Native Americans and people of color, I have been the subject of racial slurs and have witnessed police brutality firsthand; it hurts beyond what my words can ever express. The scarring will last my lifetime.

We must come together to acknowledge the pain, acknowledge marginalization, acknowledge injustice, and work together to create unity.

I believe our youth and their passionate desire for a world of justice and mutual respect are the conduits to positive change. They are not only the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of TODAY. Let us all invest time and provide a safe platform for supportive dialogue with our young people so that we can heal and end the suffering of historical and generational inequities.

Let us never forget the name George Floyd or any other person who has suffered at the hands of hate.

Prayerfully, I stand with those who want what is right.


Mary Kim Titla

Founded in 1976, UNITY is the oldest and largest Native American and Alaska Native youth leadership development organization in the country.

25 Under 25 youth leaders in Indian Country Announced

Mesa, AZ – May 1, 2020 — UNITY is pleased to announce the fourth class of its “25 under 25 Native Youth Leaders” national recognition program that honors Native American and Alaskan Native youth. The program, launched in 2014, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of 25 outstanding Native youth leaders under the age 25, every other year. These Native youth leaders exemplify UNITY’s core mission and exudes living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being. Read More

UNITY Cancels In-Person National Conference

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the organization will be hosting a three-part virtual national conference.

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Celebrate Mother Earth Day!

JOIN UNITY LIVE: Thursday, April 2 for Celebrate Mother Earth Day!

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Join the discussion about Youth Councils and Individual project ideas for Earth Day. Learn how to carry out a project while Social Distancing. Find out more about campaigns, advocacy, individual environmental impact and call for Personal Pledges. Meet UNITY Earth Ambassadors as they share their passion to protect and restore Mother Earth. UNITY Earth Day Project Contest

25 Under 25 Beaded Medallions Request for Artist Proposal


Seeking Native Artists
25 Under 25 Beaded Medallions Request for Proposal Due Date: May 20, 2020
Medallions Due Date: August Read More

UNITY Holds Annual Midyear Conference


Native Youth Gather for Learning and Collaboration 

The 2020 UNITY Midyear Conference, held February 14-17 in Tempe, Arizona, brought together more than 450 Native American and Alaska Native youth and advisors from rural and urban tribal communities across the U.S. for four days of learning, cultural sharing, and collaboration. The focus of this year’s conference was on healing, and strengthening Native youth identity and sense of belonging. Importantly, UNITY affiliated youth councils and individuals left the conference with completed action plans for community service projects.
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Navajo basketball team featured in Netflix documentary to present at leadership conference for Native Youth

Mesa, Arizona – January 30, 2020 – United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) will hold its annual midyear conference in Tempe, Arizona, February 14-17, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe. The conference will bring together more than 300 Native youth, who will hear from motivational presenters including Chinle High School Athletic Director Shaun Martin along side members of the 2018-19 Chinle H.S. basketball team, who were featured in the Netflix documentary “Basketball or Nothing.”

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