Mesa, Arizona — UNITY Inc is proud to announce and welcome Greg Mendoza, Akimel O’odham/Tohono O’odham/Yaqui as its Fund Development Manager. A member of the Gila River Indian Community, Mendoza will be responsible for supporting UNITY’s mission by cultivating donors and procuring the necessary funds to maintain and grow our important programs and services.
At its annual National Tribal Health Conference in Temecula, California, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) recognized a distinguished group of Tribal health leaders, providers and advocates during its annual Heroes in Health Awards Gala on September 18. At the gala, themed “Circles of Service,” NIHB recognized 17 individuals from across Indian Country in the categories of Area and Regional Impact, National Impact, Youth Leadership and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Jake Whitecrow Award.
Tami Patterson is UNITY’s new Office Manager. Patterson grew up in Parker Arizona, while her father worked for the Colorado River Indian Tribes. She is a proud mother of two children who are enrolled members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She worked as a Johnson O’Malley Tutor and Youth Services coordinator in St. Ignace Michigan and served as the lead advisor to the Waaniniigaanzijig Tribal Youth Council (WTYC), which introduced her to UNITY.
UNITY, Inc. has named two individuals with extensive experience in Indian country to spearhead the national Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The cooperative agreement provides funding to engage Native American youth and youth serving programs in a national initiative that builds on the successes of the past efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program. Over the next two years, the initiative will hold six regional trainings to gather Native youth feedback on how best to support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to cultural prevention, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country.
Madeline Lamb, Mohave/Muscogee Creek, and Jay Massey-Heyl, White Mountain Apache, have been selected to serve as co-anchors for the UNITY News segments set to be shown during the 2019 National UNITY Conference in Orlando, Florida. Lamb and Massey-Heyl taped the first segment of UNITY News last week at the ABC 15 news studio in Phoenix, Arizona. A total of five segments will be shown at the national conference featuring stories produced by news crews made up of Native youth taking part in the pre-conference UNITY Communications Bootcamp. The training is sponsored by Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism.
UNITY’s Executive Director Mary Kim Titla, 2nd from left, promotes UNITY at the Reservation Economic Summit. Courtesy Ana May Kasak
Imagine an opportunity to speak about youth empowerment, youth voice, higher education, STEM and community service in front of hundreds of people. The opportunity for UNITY and other non-profits happened last month during a panel presentation at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.