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UNITY Midyear Conference Reinforces Native Youth Empowerment

Hundreds of Native American youth, representing Tribal communities from across the country, gathered for the annual United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) Midyear Conference held February 12-15, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. The event promoted a program focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange.

The conference was kicked-off with a celebratory reception, highlighting UNITY’s 40thAnniversary and the unveiling of the prototype of the UNITY commemorative Pendleton blanket. Attendees were welcomed by Brian Weeden and Sassamin Weeden of Mashpee Wampanoag, UNITY’s first National UNITY Council brother and sister Co-Presidents. “What an exciting time for UNITY, we have experienced tremendous growth over the years, and it is great to see this Midyear conference grow from almost 70 people just four years ago, to nearly 400,” said Brian Weeden.
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Nominate Your Native Youth Leader

Deadline approaching for UNITY’s 25 Under 25 National Youth Leadership Recognition Program

The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will be accepting applications through February 29 for the second class of its national youth leadership recognition program, the “25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards”. The awards program celebrates the achievements of Native American and Alaskan Native youth ages 14 to 24 who embody UNITY’s core mission and exude living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being. In addition to being recognized, each awardee will receive special training by UNITY over the period of one year that is designed to build on their individual achievements.

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“Today’s Native Leaders” Training for Native Youth Set for Saint Paul, Minnesota

Free training offered for up to 120 youth and advisors!

TNLFree leadership training for up to 120 Native American youth and their advisors is available on a first come first serve basis in April in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 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 InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel from April 15-17, 2016. There is no registration fee!
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UNITY Congratulates Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Tribe receives Federal approval of 323 acres for reservation

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Left to right: Brian Weeden, Sassamin Weeden, and Keturah Peters of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Brian and Sassamin are the first-ever brother and sister National UNITY Council Co-Presidents. Keturah Peters is the National UNITY Council Northeastern Representative and a UNITY 25 Under 25 award recipient.

September 23, 2015 – Mesa, Arizona — In a historic decision last week, the U.S. Department of Interior approved the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land into trust application, establishing its initial reservation. Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) shares sentiments on behalf of the organization.

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Native Youth Promote Suicide Prevention Message

UNITY announces its #IwillLive initiative during National Suicide Prevention Week and call for moment of silence on World Suicide Prevention Day


September 4, 2015 – Mesa, Arizona — United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) is encouraging all Native youth to participate in its #IwillLive campaign during the National Suicide Prevention Week, September 7-13, 2015. At the National UNITY Conference in Washington, DC,  the National UNITY Council (NUC), comprising of Native youth representatives from across the United States, passed the National Suicide Prevention Initiative resolution, later renamed the “I Will Live” Initiative, in an effort to further bring attention to the suicide epidemic among Native youth in Indian Country, and to save lives.

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“Today’s Native Leaders” training for Native youth set for Spokane, Washington

Free training offered for up to 120 youth!

Today's Native LeadersMesa, AZ—Free leadership training for up to 120 American Indian youth is available on a first come first serve basis from November 6-8, 2015 in Spokane, Washington. 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 Red Lion Hotel at the Park. 

This TNL training focuses on culturally relevant leadership development and will include:

  • Team building activities
  • Action planning & event promotion
  • Developing community service projects
  • How to create a UNITY youth council
  • Opportunity to present at a national conference Read More

The Numbers Are In: National UNITY Conference Breaks Attendance Record

1,800 attendees represented more than 200 tribes and Indigenous communities; traveled from 40 states, New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada

Youth Gather at the UNITY FireJuly 27, 2015 – Mesa, AZ – The nation’s oldest and largest Native American and Alaska Native youth organization, the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY), held its 39th annual national conference July 10-14, 2015 in Washington DC with a record breaking turnout, the largest participation in its conference history. More than 1,800 attendees converged at the nations Capital representing over 200 tribes and Indigenous communities; traveling from more than 40 states and internationally from New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada. Participants at the annual youth and leadership-focused conference were immersed into a five-day agenda that included: internationally renowned speakers and trainers; physical fitness activities led by Nike N7; and youth-led discussions and initiatives.

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UNITY Youth Leadership Featured at the First-Ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering

Hamilton Seymour Introduces the First LadyJuly 9, 2015 – Washington, DC – First Lady Michelle Obama addressed more than 1,000 Native American Youth at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel as part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country.

UNITY’s Northwest Area Representative Hamilton Seymour had the honor of introducing the First Lady. Seymour is a descendant from the Nooksack Indian Tribe and also serves as the Vice President of the Nooksack Teen Council.

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UNITY Announces Newest Members of Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program

Mesa, AZ – The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has announced the first thirteen members of its re-established UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program was started in the 1990’s, but due to funding challenges, was suspended until this year when the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community agreed to provide partial funding for its return.

The new class will 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 limited to, recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration.

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Youth Projects to Be Featured at Today’s Native Leaders National Summit


Mesa, AZ—Six Native American youth groups have been selected to share their service projects in Washington, DC during the Today’s Native Leaders National Summit on July 9, held in conjunction with the White House Tribal Youth Gathering. UNITY partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2013 for the Today’s Native Leaders (TNL) program. This exciting four-year initiative offers Native youth the opportunity to participate in trainings throughout the country that provide a plan for developing and implementing service projects in their communities.

In the past year, trainings have been held in Arizona, Florida, and South Dakota. Over the next couple of years, TNL staff and trainers will host events in five additional locations throughout the country including Washington, Minnesota, Oklahoma, California, and Massachusetts. A schedule of the remaining sites are available on the UNITY website at

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