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25 Under 25 Awardee featured in NCAI Native Vote Virtual Rally

NCAI Launches 2020 Native Vote Efforts
with Star-Studded Virtual Rally
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NUC Executive Committee Member Anthony Tamez-Pochel, recent UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee, will be featured in the upcoming Native Vote Virtual Rally. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Fawn Sharp and UNITY Alumni DJ Emcee One will co-host the Native Vote Taking Action in 2020 Virtual Rally. This event will serve as the official kick-off for NCAI’s Native Vote initiative for 2020 and will stream live online via NCAI’s Facebook and YouTube channels to launch voter engagement in one of the most important years for civic engagement in Indian Country.

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2020 UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree Timothy Benally named a 2020 Udall Scholar

Photograph of Tim BenallyTim Benally, a junior at Penn State, earned a Udall Scholarship. IMAGE: PROVIDED
Sean Yoder, May 07, 2020
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Tim Benally, a junior majoring in psychology at Penn State, has been awarded a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. Benally, of Ganado (Navajo Nation), Arizona, was recognized by the Udall Foundation for his demonstrated commitment to improving health care for Native Americans living in the Navajo reservation.

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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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The SBS Michrina Memorial Committee , LLMC, the CMU Foundation and Civic Forum welcome Mary Kim Titla


CMU NOW by David Ludlam-
 Mary Kim Titla will visit Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday, March 11, advancing a legacy of the late Professor of Anthropology Barry Michrina. In addition to awarding a scholarship each spring to a student with Native American ancestry, the Barry Michrina Memorial Fund brings a guest speaker to Colorado Mesa University each year who focuses on topics related to Michrina’s diverse interests. Titla’s visit is the seventh annual in the Michrina series. Read More

UNITY Executive Committee Representative Featured in USA TODAY

National UNITY Council’s Midwest Representative Anthony Tamez-Pochel was featured in the following USA TODAY article addressing the false narratives of Columbus Day.  “For many Americans, the second Monday in October is a celebration of Italian heritage and Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage to the Americas. But a growing number of cities, states and universities are abandoning ship and replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, also known as Native Americans Day.”  Read the  entire original article here by Grace Hauck USA TODAY  Read More

UNITY youth in action: RHS Student thanked Mayor & Council for Proclamation

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee and former Earth Ambassador Jazmine Wildcat continues her legacy of leadership within her community. A Riverton High School Student appeared before the Riverton City Council this past Tuesday to thank the Mayor and Council for the proclamation the city issued for Native American Heritage Month. Jazmine Wildcat’s comments, in their entirety, are copied below: Read More

Returning Home: Siletz Tribal Youth Development Program

Read the Original Article on the OJJDP Tribal Youth Resource Center’s Blog

This summer our Youth Development and Healthy Traditions Program chaperoned a group of Siletz youth on a four-day adventure down to Southern Oregon. Our first destination was a land-restoration conservation site called Vesper Meadows located east of Ashland in the higher elevations of the Southern Cascade Mountains. This was a special place to visit for several reasons: (1) We were restoring our indigenous relationship with a land that we hadn’t gathered on in for over 150 years and (2) We were connecting our youth with one of our most well-spoken and travelled tribal elders, Grandma Aggie Pilgrim. Our second destination was to gather yampah seeds at a meadow near the base of Table Rock, which was the site of our original reservation and where we signed the Rogue River Treaty was signed. Read More

Early bird registration is now open for 2020 UNITY conferences!

UNITY is pleased to announce that early bird registration is now open for both the 2020 UNITY Midyear Conference and the 2020 National UNITY Conference!  Discounted (“early bird”) rates are available through October 20, 2019, up to $200 off the onsite rates!

Imagine attending both conferences for less than $400!

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Nike’s Native American & Friends Network Partners with National Center and UNITY to Provide Employment Resources for Indian Country

The National Center, Nike’s Native American & Friends Network and UNITY come together to co-host event introducing new Native Edge portal at the Nike Factory Store at Wild Horse Pass, Gila River Indian Community

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Native American Youth Leadership Conference Breaks Attendance Record

More than 2,000 Native American youth gathered in Denver for UNITY Conference

Traveling from tribal and urban communities across the nation, and from as far away as the Hawaiian Islands, Alaskan Native villages and the island of Taiwan Republic of China, more than 2,000 registered attendees converged in Denver, Colorado for the United National Indian Tribal Youth’s (UNITY) annual national conference. The 41st annual Native American youth leadership development conference was held July 6-10, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center; it was the largest gathering in the organization’s history.

Read the rest of the story on Indian Country Today web site.