United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) joins the country in sorrow as we mourn the passing of civil rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis. He was a pioneer in leading the charge against injustice and inequality, and never stopped fighting for social justice and equal rights. He was often called “the conscience of the Congress,” and will be sorely missed.
“As UNITY pursues its mission to build a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America, through youth involvement, we can hold John Lewis up as someone to emulate,” said MaryKimTitla (San Carlos Apache), UNITY executive director. “His story is a great example for young people today, proving that it’s never too early or too late to make a difference.”
Joint statement from National UNITY Council Co-Presidents Brittany McKane (Muscogee Creek) and Robert Scottie Miller (Swinomish):
“Representative John Lewis’s life is one we are all fortunate to have witnessed in our shared time on earth. Even before the age of 25, John Lewis fought for civil rights alongside several of history’s greatest leaders. As a youth, he created an everlasting impact with his actions, sacrificing his own safety to fight for what was right. He caused good trouble to create necessary change. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of liberty for his people, both present and unborn. As we celebrate his life and legacy, we must now, more than ever, embody the spirit of his fight and carry on the torch to light the way for future generations. Thank you, Representative Lewis.“
The live-streamed event to take place on Thursday, July 16 will explore what can be done to mitigate mental health issues impacting Native youth.
On Thursday, July 16 at 3 p.m. EST, Native youth leaders from United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will participate in a congressional forum led by Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chair of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States. The subject of the hearing is Native Youth Perspectives on Mental Health and Healing. Native youth leaders from across the country will discuss the mental health impacts facing Native youth in the United States, education and safety, and ideas on how policy can reduce trauma and promote healing. Read More
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Did you know Youth Council members can and should stay connected during this time of social distancing? It is very important for groups to gather together, grow relationships and continue working towards goals and project plans.Meetings can continue to happen using technology. Each Youth Council is unique and has a purpose. Keep that UNITY Fire burning by fanning the flame of each member.
Frank Weaver is a mentor to the UNITY Earth Ambassadors. He is an Environmental Activist and Filmmaker. Frank grew up in Paraguay and now lives in Orlando Florida. He won “Planet Inspired” a National Geographic award for inspiring people, and is the founder of the Solar Map Project. His passion is to preserve and restore the environment. Learn more about this mentors efforts and how you can get involved today!
UNITY Earth Ambassador Hope Long, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, shares her community involvement:
October was busy for Hope Long. She is an active member of the of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Youth Council (CYC) and serves as Chairman the Junaluska Leadership Council (JLC). These youth council programs are sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to develop leadership for younger members. CYC focuses on community service projects and culture and JLC provides members provides exposure and experience of tribal government.