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Liability and Medical Release and Emergency Contact and Medical Information Forms

An Emergency Contact and Medical Information form is attached. Advisors, who will be accompanying youth to the 2015 National UNITY Conference, are asked to have this form completed and then brought to the conference where it will be available in case of illness or injury.

Additionally, a Participant Liability and Medical Release form is attached. Please ensure that a form is completed for each participant and sent to the UNITY office. If sending the signed original by US Mail, please mail no later than June 30, 2015. You may also send by fax (480) 773-6369 or email ([email protected]). Send emails and faxes no later than July 3, 2015. Also, if sending by email or fax, bring the signed original to the conference and turn it in to the staff during the onsite registration process.

Call the UNITY staff at (480) 718-9793 with questions.

Book Your Room Early for the National UNITY Conference

Renaissance Downtown HotelThe UNITY discounted room block for the 2015 National UNITY Conference is starting to fill-up! Don’t miss your opportunity to stay at the host hotel at a discounted of $139 per night (plus taxes & fees). With other large events and conventions happening in the DC area during the conference, rooms will soon be hard to find! Don’t delay, reserve your room today!


2015 National UNITY Conference
July 10 – 14, 2015 
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington DC
999 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

National Conference Registration:
Early-Bird Rate of $200 Now Open
Good through April 15, 2015


Registration fee is $250 from April 16, 2015 through May 31, 2015

June 1, 2015 (and onsite) the registration fee goes up to $300

Register for the conference, click HERE.

More than 200 Native Youth Tackle Tribal Issues at UNITY Midyear Conference in Washington, DC

Native Youth at Midyear ConferenceMesa, AZ—American Indian youth and their advisors from tribes across the nation addressed issues such as suicide and climate change at the UNITY Midyear Conference last week in Washington, DC.  United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, hosted the annual youth leadership event at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

One powerful session included the passage of a resolution by members of the National UNITY Council to address suicide. The most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention state that American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the highest rate, more than double, of suicides among 10-24 year olds based on race/ethnicity and sex in the United States.

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UNITY Prepares for Record Turnout at National Native Youth Leadership Conference in DC

Native Youth at Nike during 2014 National ConferenceMesa, AZ – Nearly 1,500 Native American youth from across Indian Country are expected gather in our nation’s capital this summer to participate in the annual National UNITY Conference taking place July 10-14, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The five-day agenda will feature several nationally known keynote speakers, more than 30 workshops, a cultural exchange night, talent show, and awards banquet and dance. A Today’s Native Leaders’ National Summit, co-sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is also planned a day before the conference on July 9.

“We are working with the National UNITY Council to create one of the most memorable and special national conferences to date,” said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY, Inc. “Excitement is definitely in the air as we plan this big event. We will be announcing our theme soon and will reveal our guest speakers and presenters over the next few months. I encourage everyone to stay connected for conference updates by visiting our website often and signing up for our UNITY e-Newsletter,” added Titla.

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Webinar to Discuss Youth Action Planning for Fundraising

Today's Native Leaders LogoOn February 26, 2015, from 5 to 6 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will host “Youth Action Planning:  Develop a Fundraising Plan,” a Webinar presented by UNITY: Today’s Native Leaders.

Training Summary:

This webinar will focus on creative fundraising and will challenge participants to think outside the box when fundraising for youth council projects. This is the third Webinar in the “How to Build an Effective Youth Council” series.
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2015 National UNITY Conference Registration

The National UNITY Conference will convene in Washington, DC on July 10 – 14, 2015. Online registration is available HERE.

National Conference registration fees are as follows:

  • February 28, 2015 – $185
  • April 15, 2015 – $200
  • May 31, 2015 – $250
  • June 1, 2015 ( and onsite) – $300

Note: You must register by the listed date to receive the stated rate.

July 9 – Pre-Conference Events: Today’s Native Leaders Summit,  National UNITY Council Gathering and Other Special Events will be held at the national conference site on July 9, 2015 – the day prior to the official start of the national conference.

UNITY Midyear Conference Agenda Is Available

The Midyear Conference agenda is attached. This is the final version and supercedes all previous drafts.

UNITY Youth Leaders Prepare to Gather in Washington, DC

Annual UNITY Midyear Conference to take place February 11-15, 2015

UNITYMidyear2015Mesa, AZ—Nearly 200 Native American youth and advisors from across the country, representing tribal communities and youth councils, will gather for a week-long youth leadership conference in Washington DC. The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY, Inc.) will host its annual midyear conference, with programming focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange.

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City from February 11 – 15, 2015. Agenda highlights include a visit to Capitol Hill where youth councils will visit with representatives from congress, youth forums and exclusive dialogue with invited guests from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and youth council presentations and sharing of community service projects.

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“Today’s Native Leaders” Training for Native Youth Set for Rapid City, South Dakota

Free training offered for up to 100 Native youth!

TNL Rapid City FlyerMesa, Arizona—Free leadership training for up to 100 Native American youth is available on a first come first serve basis in April in Rapid City, South Dakota.  United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the  Hilton Garden Inn from April 10-12, 2015. There is no registration fee.

This TNL training, featuring renowned lead trainer Jeri Brunoe of the Wasco Tribe, focuses on culturally relevant leadership development and will include:

  • Team building activities
  • Action planning & event promotion
  • Developing community service projects
  • How to create a UNITY youth council
  • Opportunity to present at a national conference

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OVCDC Invites TNL to Bakersfield

The following story was provided by Cielo Garcia, Lakota Sicangu (Rosebud Sioux) of Riverside, California.

Today's Native Leaders at WorkOwens Valley Career Development Center (OVCDC) brought UNITY’s Today’s Native Leaders (TNL) out to Bakersfield, CA January 9-11, 2015 to work with various youth from Tribal T.A.N.F. programs in central California. At this training, there were youth ranging from ages 12-19. These youth got the opportunity to make their voices heard and discuss challenges within their own communities. T.N.L. taught a curriculum that showed these young people how to plan and create a community project.

Trainer Jeri Brunoe, and TNL employees, Lynnann Yazzie and Wendy Weston conducted the training, as well as me, Cielo Garcia, the 2013-2014 Pacific Region Representative of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee. I helped lead the youth leadership portion and aided in overseeing the youth creating their projects, giving feedback through my own personal experiences.

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