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Table Mountain Rancheria Community All In!

UNITY shouts out a “Big Thank You” to Chairwoman Leanne Walker-Grant from Table Mountain Rancheria. She had the winning bid for a limited edition J.R. Cook Founders UNITY Pendleton Blanket. The live auction was held at the Celebration Award Banquet the last evening of the 2018 National UNITY Conference in San Diego, California.
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25 Under 25 Vonica LaPlante Awarded MHA Champions of Change


UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree Vonica LaPlante, 17 of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, awarded a MHS Champions for Change! Vonica was also accompanied by former UNITY Executive Committee Northeast Representative and former UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree Brayden White, to accept this prestigious award.

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UNITY Remembers Ashley Chinana

In Memoriam

Ashley Chinana, 23, a beautiful member of the Santee Sioux Tribe, served on the National UNITY Council Executive Committee (NUC EC) from 2012 through 2014 as the first Great Plains Region Representative. On behalf of UNITY, the NUC EC, Trustees, youth, and advisors, we were very saddened to hear of Ashley’s passing and offer sincerest condolences to her family, relatives, Santee Sioux community and her friends. Read More

UNITY Co-Presidents participate in national youth organizing conference

UNITY’s Co-Presidents Sophie Tiger, Comanche/Standing Rock Sioux, and Hamilton Seymour, Nooksack/Stz’ umimus First Nation, recently joined about 400 youth leaders from around the country for the second annual Youth POWER: From Rooted Resilience to Rising Power convening in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event was hosted by the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) and FCYO’s Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE). Youth organizers from more than 100 other groups from across the U.S. participated in three days of exciting activities including organizing trainings, relationship building, strategy development, learning tours, and fun.

“Youth Power Rising was an amazing conference! I had the opportunity to meet youth from all backgrounds who are doing phenomenal things to change the conditions within their community and for society. I gained knowledge of strategies to create change within Indian Country and I cannot wait to share these ideas and strategies with the Executive Committee and the youth! I would love to thank UNITY for once again providing endless opportunities that allow growth in leadership development,” said Tiger.

“This conference was a success. You really have to take a moment and appreciate F.C.Y.O. for hosting something that can be tough to host but can easily inspire someone to be a leader. I acknowledge their outstanding effort and success for this conference because I know how hard it can be to help facilitate and organize a conference with 400 plus people. I commend them from a personal perspective as I have been attending UNITY conferences since 2013, but I have been able to work behind the scenes since 2014. There’s a lot of little things that go into making a big conference successful. As an attendee, I got to learn and grow as I sat down in some pretty intense workshops. This conference was just amazing from the people I met, and from what I was able to learn. Of course, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if it wasn’t for U.N.I.T.Y. So I have to say ‘thank you’ to this organization once again, for helping strengthen my leadership,” said Seymour.

Youth Power Rising encouraged students to learn about historical and current impacts of colonization and explore resiliency practices, tools and cultural practices that have stood the test of time. In addition, youth discussion focused on strengthening the self-determination of communities to have the political, economic and cultural power to build just, healthy and thriving communities.

UNITY thanks FCYO for inviting UNITY youth leaders to participate.

 

UNITY Requests Proposals for Wellness Warriors Program Evaluation

UNITY, Inc. is requesting proposals from experienced and qualified firms or individuals for a two-phase evaluation of its Wellness Warriors project.

Those interested may download a copy of the RFP HERE.

Cultural-based Wellness App to Launch at National Native Youth Conference

United National Indian Tribal Youth to unveil
“Wellness Warriors” to more than 1,800 attendees

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Denver, Colorado – July 5, 2017 – Imagine downloading an app designed to help you track wellness from a cultural perspective – fitness through cultural dance, healthy eating with traditional Native foods, and more. This week more than 1,800 Native American youth and advisors from throughout the U.S. will do just that at the National UNITY Conference taking place at the Colorado Convention Center from July 6 – 10. The UNITY Wellness Warrior app is made possible through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The app, developed with input from Native youth, is free and will be available via the App Store and Play Store beginning on July 6. Read More

UNITY Announces New Class of Earth Ambassadors


UNITY has announced the recipients of the 2017 UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The new class is the second group to be honored through this Environmental Stewardship program, which was reinstated in 2015 thanks in part to a matching grant awarded to UNITY by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC).

Another matching grant awarded this year by the SMSC will allow this year’s class to attend training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Native America, learn to serve as an ambassador to increase awareness of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands, and promote the efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities. Topics will focus on, but not be limited to, recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration. Read More

UNITY Announces New “Wellness Warriors Project” Team

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UNITY implements new program funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant

UNITY has announced the hiring of LorenAshley Buford, as Project Manager, and Joshua Tso, as Project Coordinator, to oversee its newest program, the UNITY Wellness Warriors Project. Funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation over a three-year period (2016-2019), the new program aims to increase the awareness of the need for and benefits of adopting a lifestyle that incorporates a culturally-relevant and measurable personal wellness plan that will lead to transformational change among Native American and Alaskan Native youth, while positively impacting their communities.
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UNITY Awarded W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant; Now Hiring for New Program

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NEWS RELEASE

NOVEMBER 3, 2016 – MESA, AZ – With continued efforts and great strides to promote and address racial healing and equity in the U.S., the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) a $763,124 grant over a three-year period. The grant will support UNITY’s newest program called the UNITY Wellness Warriors Project. The new program aims to increase the awareness of the need for and benefits of adopting a lifestyle that incorporates a culturally-relevant and measurable personal wellness plan that will lead to transformational change.

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Free Leadership Training for Native Youth Offered in Anchorage, Alaska

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—Motivational trainer Robert Johnston, Choctaw, recording artist and speaker Marcus Guinn, Osage and Potawatomi, and peer trainer Leslie Locklear, Lumbee, are teaming up to offer free leadership training for up to 80 American Indian and Alaska Native youth from September 30 to October 2 in Anchorage, Alaska.  United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel and Spa. There is no registration fee.
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