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Jr. Miss White Mountain Apache: A Legacy of Excellence in UNITY 

The title of Jr Miss White Mountain Apache was created in 2006 but has been consistent since 2008. It was the first time our tribe would have a representative between the ages of 13 to 17. In 2008, there were 10 contestants who competed for the title, each young girl representing different parts of the White Mountain Apache reservation. Read More

UNITY Youth Help Lead ASU’s Tribal Nations Tour

What better way to start off the school year, than in service and empowering others to reach for their dreams! UNITY’s 25 Under 25 awardee Lance Sanchez  joined ASU’s Office of American Indian Initiatives team to participate in this year’s Tribal Nations Tour last week. Former National UNITY Council Executive Committee member Lance Sanchez, Tohono O’odham Nation, recently graduated from Tohono O’odham Community College and is starting this Fall Semester as a transfer Junior double majoring in America Indian Studies and  Community Advocacy and Social Policy.
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Challenge Accepted: Youth Council of the Year SRPMIC Wellness Warriors

UNITY’s 2018 Youth Council of the Year leads by example hosting a variety of wellness events within their community. Young River Peoples Council of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona, was recognized as Youth Council of the Year last month at the National UNITY Conference in San Diego. The UNITY Wellness Warriors Program challenges affiliated youth councils to implement a Wellness Warrior event this year. By utilizing the project planning tools offered through the free mobile phone app and on the UNITY website, youth councils can join the national movement and share traditional wellness teachings with their home community. The Wellness Warriors program promotes Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social Wellness. Congrats to the SRPMIC’s youth for promoting wellness in each of these areas!

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Navajo Youth Council looks to Affiliate with UNITY

The Navajo Nation Youth Advisory Council (NNYAC), which was formed just three months ago, is exploring ways to partner with UNITY including becoming an affiliated youth council. The group, with youth members representing chapters across the reservation, meets once a month. For its recent presentation in Window Rock, Arizona,, UNITY was well-represented with former National UNITY Council Executive Committee Co-President Nataanii Hatathlie, 25 Under 25 youth leader Xavier Medina and UNITY’s executive director Mary Kim Titla.
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Webinar To Discuss Creating Mentoring Programs To Support Native Youth

On August 16, 2018, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. ET, OJJDP and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership will present “Supporting and Inspiring Native Youth.” This webinar will focus on creating conditions to support Native youth through mentoring and youth development programming. This webinar is part of the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, which is supported by OJJDP’s National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated jointly with MENTOR. Register and learn more about this free webinar.

  • Access OJJDP mentoring resources.
  • Learn more about OJJDP’s Programs for Tribal Youth.

NCAI Youth Commission Opportunity

– Ever consider being an Officer on the NCAI Youth Commission?
Register now for our webinar next week, Wednesday, August 15, to find out how you can!

UNITY youth participate in sacred run

Article submitted by Jay Massey-Heyl & Alec Ferreira

On July 19, 2018, the 27th Annual Mt.Graham Sacred Run kicked off; starting from the San Carlos Apache Reservation and finishing at Mt. Graham. The relay run, started with a night run, consisting of one person traveling along the dirt roads from the Old San Carlos Memorial to the Noline’s gas station in Peridot, Arizona. These individuals would run an “Apache quarter mile” while holding one of five staffs used in the relay run which symbolized the prayers that were being taken to the peak of Mt. Graham. Read More

Wellness Warriors challenge: BAH KHO-JE Restoration

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s newly formed Youth Council completed their UNITY Wellness Warrior’s Community Service Project named BAH KHO-JE Restoration this year. The youth spent one day making traditional footballs out of Elk Skin, taught to them by an Elder in the tribe. The next day they had a day of Indian Football we call Tawe Thi. There was healthy food and education booths at the registration for the event. After booth participation, the tribe’s Business Council Person and UNITY Co-Advisor, Eagle McClellan,  came said a few words of support and offered a blessing over the food and event. A healthy breakfast of bananas and peanut butter was served before the first game. Played in the traditional way of the homemade ball being rolled into the field between the two teams, guys were able to kick and throw the ball while the girls on each team could also pick the ball up and run with it while in their possession. It didn’t take long before strategies and plans  were made to get that ball across the goal lines, even once a team picking up a girl player and carrying her across the goal line, which is traditionally permitted. Read More

Earth Ambassadors visit Havasupai

In May of this year, the 2017-2018 class of UNITY Earth Ambassador had the opportunity to visit the Supai Village located at the heart of the Havasupai reservation in the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona. Supai is only accessible by hiking, horseback, or helicopter. Meaning, there are no roads for cars to travel on, yet there are thousands of tourist who visit this Grand Canyon destination from all over the world for its beautiful location and waterfalls.  Like many reservations, tribes thrive on tourism as a staple to their overall economy.

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UNITY youth leader leads team to NABI championship 

The 2018 Native American Basketball Invitational kicked off on July 8, 2018 in Maricopa, Arizona. The annual national tournament brings young athletes from across the United States and New Zealand to the desert for the largest rumble of “Rez ball.”  Joining the action this year was UNITY youth leader, Coach Santana “Sonny” Johnson of Team Indigenous, hailing from Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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