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#iWillLive Stories of Inspiration: Jerald Cobenais

#iWillLive Stories of Inspiration  -Written by UNITY Youth: Jerald Cobenais, Red Lake band of Ojibwe on his experiences with Suicide, and how he overcame.
“At an early age I was affected by suicide. I lost my older sister when I was 7-years-old.  At the time, I didn’t even know what suicide was.  Read More

UNITY Shares Wellness Warrior app at Nike World Headquarters

Fitness trainers and wellness coordinators in Indian Country shared culturally specific approaches to health and wellness at the recent Western Tribal Diabetes Project gathering held last month at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Hosted annually by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board in collaboration with Nike N7, the Native Fitness XV event attracted dozens of participants and presenters including UNITY’s Wellness Warriors Project Coordinator Josh Tso, Navajo.

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UNITY youth receives Woman to Watch award in North Carolina

Raven Dial Stanley, 19, enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and current Miss Indian North Carolina, recently received a “Woman to Watch” award at the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference held last month in Clinton, North Carolina. Dial-Stanley was one of 10 recipients and the youngest to receive the award. She’s been active with One Spirit Youth Council, a UNITY affiliated youth council. Dial-Stanley is attending the University of NC at Greensboro where she is majoring in Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies.

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Serving in Indonesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer by Sapphire Carter

I’m resourceful. As a Peace Corps Secondary Education volunteer, I’ve learned to work in situations with little to no available resources, in extreme physical and mental conditions. Even without books, electricity or similarly modern conveniences, I am still able to give my students a quality education.”  -Sapphire Carter, 24, Chippewa Cree, UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee
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UNITY in Alaska Part #2: The Journey By Jared Ivins-Massey

This is Part Two of Jared Ivins-Massey’s recent trip to Fairbanks, Alaska where he and 19 Alaska Native youth participated in The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Tribal Management Program – Tribal Youth Advocacy Institute. The program was developed in response to the needs of Alaska Native Tribal Governments and is part of a comprehensive plan to spread academic education throughout the state and in every indigenous rural community.
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Cherokees celebrate National Holiday


“This event was a homecoming and a celebration” UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Faith Long reflected. “The 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday, in Tahlequah Oklahoma, emphasized artists and the resilience of Cherokee people. It was an honor to be apart of such an amazing tradition and represent the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians as their current Miss Cherokee title holder.”
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Maddie Lamb Making Big Moves in Santa Fe


UNITY Caught up with 25 Under 25 Awardee Maddie Lamb to share her experiences as she recently moved to New Mexico to continue her higher education and artistic vission:
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Yavapai Apache Nation re-organizes youth council

The Yavapai Apache Nation (YAN), located in central Arizona, is looking forward to getting its youth council up and running.  Leona Wathagoma, who has been involved with the tribal youth council for many years, is taking the lead once again to serve as its lead advisor. Wathagoma and other adults met recently with UNITY staff members to discuss reorganization and collaboration efforts. Read More

UNITY Co-Presidents participate in Arizona tribal parade

The National UNITY Council (NUC) Co-Presidents Joseph Davis, of the Gila River Indian Community (Akimel O’odham), and Susun Fisher, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, recently participated in the 93rd Annual White Mountain Apache Tribe’s parade held earlier this month in Arizona during its annual celebration featuring rodeos, carnival, cultural night performance, basketball and softball tournaments and more.  Davis, and Fisher, who were also joined by NUC Western Representative Anissa Garcia, Akimel O’odham, walked through the parade with members of the White Mountain Apache Tribal Youth Council.

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