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.
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.
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:
Win Complementary Registrations to the 2019 National UNITY Conference by telling UNITY about your wellness events and service projects! To celebrate the third year of UNITY Wellness Warriors, Native youth can create a short 3 minute video to be entered to win 3 Free Registrations. Three Youth Council videos will be selected to be featured at the UNITY Wellness Warriors Summit in Orlando, FL this July!
Native youth voice is powerful. One way of expressing that voice is through the adoption of a national initiative by the National UNITY Council (NUC). The initiative paves the way for UNITY youth and others to take part in a special movement and to help make an impact in Indian Country. After much reflection by the NUC’s affiliated youth councils and elected youth leaders, UNITY is pleased to announce “Opportunity for Unity: Our Home is Here” initiative.
UNITY Youth Leader and former UNITY 25 Under 25 Leadership Award recipient TaNeel Filesteel elected the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student President for 2019-2020. TaNeel is from the Fort Belknap Agency, in Montana and is currently studying Tribal Governance and Administration at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana.
Watch & Win: One lucky Youth Council Watch Party will Win 4 National Conference Registrations
Please join us for UNITY’s first ever Wellness Warrior Virtual Conference! In efforts to be inclusive of Native youth who are unable to attend our Conferences in person, we are live-streaming this free interactive training for Youth Councils to watch together! Contact us for ideas on hosting your own Watch Party! Read More