The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is partnering with the Indian Health Service and UNITY to host a 90-minute listening session on HIV. The session is designed for Native youth 18 years or older to voice their thoughts, opinions, stories, insights and perspectives on how HIV is being addressed or could be better addressed in their communities. All input is confidential, and the ideas will be summarized in a report to the Indian Health Service. This is a chance to voice your opinion about how to end this epidemic in Indian Country. Snacks will be provided. Participation is completely voluntary. Come and share in a safe and non-judgmental setting. Your voice is vital to the movement to end this epidemic.
This is a free additional training opportunity open to any indigenous youth 14 to 24 years old to occur before UNITY’s 2020 Midyear Conference.
UNITY is pleased to announce that early bird registration is now open for both the 2020 UNITY Midyear Conference and the 2020 National UNITY Conference! Discounted (“early bird”) rates are available through October 15, 2019, up to $200 off the onsite rates! Imagine attending both conferences for less than $400! Don’t miss out on these great deals! Register now!
Dear 2019 National UNITY Conference Attendee,
Thank you so much for taking part in the 2019 National UNITY Conference. This year’s conference certainly will be one to remember.Would you like a chance to win three complimentary registrations for the 2020 National UNITY Conference in Washington, DC?
UNITY’s Wellness Warriors team had the opportunity to be a part of NIEA’s “Journey to Discover and Wellness” summer camp at Riverside Indian School in Oklahoma. This comprehensive summer bridge program supports middle school aged Native young people in creating awareness of opportunities to choose healthy, holistic lifestyles in their educational journeys.
As a way to honor Mother Earth and staying true to our efforts to promote environmental stewardship through UNITY’s Earth Ambassadors program, you will see less paper at the National UNITY Conference. This year only the advisors will receive a paper conference program. Everyone else is encouraged to download the program on UNITY’s Wellness Warriors (WW) App or download it at www.unityinc,org.
If you’re planning to attend the 2019 National UNITY Conference and you can read music, please consider being a part of the UNITY Orchestra! In addition to instrumental musicians, some singers may be needed as well. Music teacher Michelle McCauley, Washoe/Shoshone/Paiute/Quinault, who will serve as orchestra conductor, will host three workshop sessions on Sunday, July 7 for those wishing to take part. The UNITY Orchestra will then provide entertainment during the Gala banquet on Sunday, July 7.
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.