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Zombies, Basketball & Gardening: California youth approaches to Wellness

Native youth from the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians joined the national UNITY Wellness Warriors movement by sharing traditional wellness teachings in creative ways. Learn more on how this Youth Council paired substance abuse awareness with community service projects to address community health.

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Klamath Tribes Youth Council Wellness Warriors

The Klamath Tribes Youth Council are celebrating their cultural wellness by hosting year round events. These Oregon Native youth have taken the UNITY Wellness Warriors Challenge to new heights by hosting over six events within the past 12 months in the UNITY Northwestern Region. As part of the Wellness Warriors program, UNITY Youth Councils are promoting Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social Wellness.

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Yoyoscut Resilient Youth: Rocky Mountain Wellness Warriors

Over a hundred community members attended the Yoyoscut Resilient Youth Council’s cultural wellness event where Sqʷllumt – Coyote Stories were told in the Usšneɫxʷ – Longhouse, St. Ignatius, Montana. During this Wellness Warriors event, a local elder passed on stories to youth. The youth council reported that it was a “meaningful experience for the youth to learn our history and for youth to share their oral histories with others.” The youth council was able to not only develop their own spiritual wellness, but engaged generations in being connected through the youth driven community event.

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Team-building training at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

“Don’t step on a landmine!,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s executive director. She was speaking to educators and staff at the Havasupai Elementary School participating in a team-building exercise. The landmine exercise involved an obstacle course ridden with imaginary land mines (plastic cups). Teams of two people, one blindfolded, were instructed to navigate their way through the course without hitting a land mine. The exercise is designed to build communication skills and trust.

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F.I.N.A.L. Youth Council Inauguration

The Phoenix Indian Center held its annual inauguration of newly elected officers of the Future Inspired Native American Leaders (FINAL) Youth Council on August 15, 2019 at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, Arizona. In attendance for the inauguration were the following UNITY Youth Councils: Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council, Young River Peoples Council, Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council, Ak-Chin Indian Community Youth Council. UNITY Western Region Representative Tyloria Antone and UNITY Southern Plains Region Representative Colby WhiteThunder.

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Intergenerational Call to Action for Earth Advocates

Continuing the legacy of environmental advocates, the 2019-2020 Circle of Earth Ambassadors included intergenerational teachings to engage UNITY Youth Councils in service projects. Community elders and UNITY alumni participation was made possible through the financial support of a a National Park with an initiative “Connecting with Our Homelands” to foster intergenerational sharing through Hopa Mountain, Inc. Generations of Earth Ambassadors gathered to launch this year’s environmental call to action.

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Join the UNITY Grand Entry Parade of Nations

Get ready for the UNITY Grand Entry Parade of Nations! Bring your tribal flag!

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UNITY Drum: How it all began

In 1994 at the National UNITY Conference in Tampa Bay, Florida, Bea Shawanda, Odawa/Pottowottomi from Wikwemikong Manitoulin Island, Ontario and her son Niso presented UNITY with a drum. A great gift from our north country, it was said that this drum is for everyone. All who can and want to sing were invited to have a seat at this drum. “Wherever it may be, the UNITY Drum is considered as an open drum, no matter what tribe or gender. All tribes have their own way and protocols and we have to respect each and everyone,” said Junior Sierra, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a UNITY drum keeper.

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Noli Indian School graduates 11 in June ceremony

Eleven Native students are ready to pursue their goals and dreams after completing requirements to graduate from Noli Indian School, which is located on the Soboba Indian Reservation in Southern California. Many of the students representing various tribes proudly attached eagle feathers to their beaded graduation caps as they received their diplomas inside the Soboba’s new casino event center. The ceremony began with prayer and bird singing led by Wayne Nelson of the Inter-tribal Singers.

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Win Prizes by Attending these UNITY Wellness Warriors Webinars in June

Sign up for upcoming June webinars for chances to win Target Gift Cards and Limited Edition UNITY Swag at each webinar! Those who RSVP will be emailed a recorded copy of the training to watch on your own. Take advantage of these Free Tools for your Youth Councils by signing up at the links below:

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