On Friday, February 21st, 2020, UNITY moderated an online forum to discuss scholarship and student opportunities. With so many native students looking for available scholarships, UNITY partnered with the American Indian College Fund, American Indian Graduate Center, American Indian Science & Engineering Society and Cobell Scholarship, to bring the discussion to one place. In case you missed it, you can catch the Native Scholarship Forum here, where it is available to watch on UNITY’s youtube channel.
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Application Deadline January 8, 2020
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!
“Don’t step on a landmine!,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s executive director. She was speaking to educators and staff at the Havasupai Elementary School participating in a team-building exercise. The landmine exercise involved an obstacle course ridden with imaginary land mines (plastic cups). Teams of two people, one blindfolded, were instructed to navigate their way through the course without hitting a land mine. The exercise is designed to build communication skills and trust.
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.