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President Obama Announces First White House Tribal Youth Gathering

President Obama announced the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering in a video message played at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. UNITY is collaborating with the White House to co-sponsor the event.  Below is an excerpt.

In making his announcement, President Obama stated, “Today I’m pleased to announce that we will once again invite young people to Washington to take part in this summer’s first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering on July 9th, an event we are proud to host in collaboration with UNITY.” The following video contains the President’s complete statement.

You may apply online HERE to attend the tribal youth gathering.

UNITY Seeks Education and Career Partners for Expo at National Conference

Call for Exhibitors

Call for Conference Exhibitors

Mesa, Arizona—Education institutions, armed forces, businesses, corporations and government agencies have an opportunity to interact with more than 1,200 American Indian and Alaska Native youth at the National UNITY Conference in mid-July in Washington, DC.  

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White House to Host Tribal Youth Gathering in Collaboration with UNITY

The following is from a news release issued by The White House, Office of the Press Secretary.

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

The Tribal Youth Gathering, a collaboration between the White House and UNITY Inc., will continue to build upon the President’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. President Obama launched the Gen-I initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.

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Nearly 100 Native Youth Receive Service Project Training at Today’s Native Leaders Academy in Rapid City

Today's Native Leaders in Rapid CityRapid City, South Dakota—Nearly 100 Native American youth and their advisors from tribes across the nation discussed how they can give back to their communities at a leadership training last week 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) hosted the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City.

The free TNL training, which focused on culturally relevant leadership development, included a curriculum promoting team building activities, action planning & event promotion, developing community service projects, and “How to create a UNITY youth council.” A group of Native youth peer leaders assisted in the training including Alexandria GreyBull, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes from South Dakota, Nataanii Hatathlie, Navajo from New Mexico, Leslie Locklear, Lumbee from North Carolina, Hamilton Seymour, Nooksack from Washington, Layha Spoonhunter, Eastern Shoshone from Idaho, Claullen Tillman, Eastern Shoshone from Wyoming, and Alexander Toledo, Jemez Pueblo from New Mexico.

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TNL National Summit Flyer Available

A flyer with information concerning the upcoming Today’s Native Leaders National Summit is attached.

2015 National Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available

In July 2015, up to 1,500 American Indian and Alaska Native youth, advisors and supporters are expected to gather in Washington, DC for the National UNITY Conference. They will share their diverse cultures and seek solutions to common concerns and issues within their communities. They will be challenged. They will learn. They will interact and enjoy the fellowship of Native youth from throughout the United States – all in a positive, inclusive setting, and in the spirit of unity.

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RFPs

National Conference Call for Vendor Proposals

UNITY is now accepting vendor proposals to support the 2015 National UNITY Conference. Current support is required for:

  1. Conference Program – Printing Vendor (download RFP here)
  2. Conference Tee-Shirts – Printing Vendor (download RFP here)
  3. Conference Videographer/News Producer (download RFP here)

Proposals are due no later than Friday, April 3, 2015

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!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM ON-LINE NOW

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

UPDATE

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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