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Save the Date! Free Webinar: Healthy First Foods

On Wednesday, June 13th, UNITY’s Wellness Warriors will be hosting the first of a series of health and wellness webinars focused on healthy lifestyle choices and how you can positively impact your community.

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UNITY Wellness Warriors team at NB3’s Healthy Kids! Healthy Future! conference

UNITY’s Wellness Warriors team had the opportunity to attend the NB3 Foundations’s Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Held at the Sandia Resort, the two-day conference was a great opportunity for those serving health and wellness programs in Indian country. Presentations ranged from health and fitness to healthy dietary alternatives, with motivational trainings presented throughout the conference.

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UNITY Wellness Warriors Indigenous food tasting a success

In April, UNITY celebrated its 42nd birthday with an open house and an Indigenous food tasting.  Supporting the mission of UNITY’s Wellness Warriors initiative, which encourages Native youth to explore health lifestyles of their ancestor and cultural teachings, UNITY invited youth to share a traditional dish from their community. Various dishes were brought representing cultures and tribes from the Southwest, Pacific Northwest and the Great Plains.

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Youth Council Reports Due! Be considered for Youth Council of the Year, win prizes

Attention youth councils! It is time to complete your Annual Youth Council Report. This year, UNITY has standardized the report into an easy-to-use online form. This form will allow youth councils and individual members to submit updated contact information and important highlights of all the great things that UNITY youth are doing across the nation. Please take time to review the form and collect the necessary information.

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Nominations for Scholarship and Recognition Awards Now Open

Honor a deserving individual (including yourself!) by nominating them for one of the following awards:

  • JR Cook Youth Council Advisor of the Year
  • Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year
  • Gold Cook $1,000 Scholarship (1 male and 1 female recipient)

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National UNITY Council Executive Committee application

Applications for the National UNITY Executive Committee are now open.  If you are interested in becoming a representative for your region on the Executive Committee, complete the application by 5:00 PM (PST) on June 8, 2018.  Read More

UNITY Drum featured at 2018 Wyandotte Powwow

The UNITY Drum, made up primarily of UNITY alumni singers, has been making appearances at various conferences in Oklahoma and recently the UNITY Drum was showcased at the Wyandotte Youth Powwow in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. The Wynadotte Nation hosts annual powwows to honor its pre-school children.

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Many Nations Youth Council promotes UNITY at OU’s Spring Heritage Celebration

The Many Nations Youth Council recently promoted UNITY at the University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Spring Celebration. The event featured speakers, Native games, and exhibit booths. The youth council highlighted the opportunities UNITY provides to Native youth through programs such as Earth Ambassadors, 25 Under 25, and Wellness Warriors. Many students attending OU received information regarding UNITY’s National and Midyear conferences, as well as how to join a council or start their own. The event was sponsored by the OU American Indian Student Association (AISA).

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Jan-March 2018 UNITY News Flash Available

This issue’s articles include:

  • Native Youth Advocacy Action Plans Developed at UNITY Midyear Conference
  • Wellness Warriors Spotlight: Jacob Hugs
  • Wellness Warriors Poster Release

The News Flash is available for viewing/download HERE.

25 Under 25 youth leaders in Indian Country Announced

UNITY has announced the third class of its “25 Under 25 Native Youth Leaders” national recognition program that honors Native American and Alaska Native youth. The program, which launched in 2014 and is awarded every other year, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of Native youth leaders under the age of 25, who embody UNITY’s core mission and exudes living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being. Read More