UNITY Midyear Conference Reinforces Native Youth Empowerment
Hundreds of Native American youth, representing Tribal communities from across the country, gathered for the annual United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) Midyear Conference held February 12-15, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. The event promoted a program focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange.
The conference was kicked-off with a celebratory reception, highlighting UNITY’s 40thAnniversary and the unveiling of the prototype of the UNITY commemorative Pendleton blanket. Attendees were welcomed by Brian Weeden and Sassamin Weeden of Mashpee Wampanoag, UNITY’s first National UNITY Council brother and sister Co-Presidents. “What an exciting time for UNITY, we have experienced tremendous growth over the years, and it is great to see this Midyear conference grow from almost 70 people just four years ago, to nearly 400,” said Brian Weeden.