Great Plains Region
UNITY Regional Profile
The Great Plains Region consists of geographical areas and the states of
North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
The Great Plains region isn’t called Great for no reason, through North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, you’ll see the prairie, steppe, and grassland for as far as your eyes can see. There are 16 federally recognized tribes within these states. There is plenty of history in these states and the tribes have their own unique and distinct cultures and way of life.
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2022 Spring Great Plains Virtual Meet-Up
2021 Fall Great Plains Virtual Meet-Up
UNITY News: Great Plains Updates
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Great Plains Regional Representative: Koya Bearstail
Koya Bearstail – UNITY Great Plains Area Representative
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Nawh, katatAxaáA Koya Bearstail. wekUtpsiwa nooxí’ni’ na tšaápis.
My name is Koya Bearstail, I’m 16 years old and a sophomore and go to school at White Shield High School. I reside in North Dakota. I am a proud member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation and I’m of the Knife Clan. I play sports such as volleyball, basketball, golf, and track. I find sports fun and a great way to practice teamwork and patience. I like to involve myself in any extra activities and be a part of our school’s Student Council.
I’m really glad to be a part of the Executive Committee and the Representative for the Great Plains Region.
The National UNITY Network consists of 325 affiliated youth councils in 36 states. The Great Plains region has 12 affiliated youth councils in 3 states within the UNITY Network.
Great Plains Region Youth Councils:
1. MHA Youth Leadership Council, North Dakota
2. Turtle Mountain Chippewa UNITY Council, North Dakota
3. Warrior UNITY Youth Council, North Dakota
4. A.N.A Empowering Our Youth, North Dakota
5. Fort Berthold UNITY Chapter, North Dakota
6. Sisseton-Wahpeton Youth Council, North Dakota
7. Santee Sioux Nation Youth Council, Nebraska
8. Linkin Native Youth, Nebraska
9. Saint Francis Indian School Council, South Dakota
10. RST Defending Childhood Initiative Sicangu Youth Council, South Dakota
11. Aliive-Roberts County Youth Council, South Dakota
12. Oglala Sioux Youth Council, South Dakota
“Being here with UNITY is such a great experience. You get to meet so many new people and learn more about different tribes and their cultures.””
“The gathering, the sharing of cultures, the UNITY of our people!”
“Our YOUTH is the future!”
“It’s the best place to be open about what you think and what you want to do for your school or community. They make you feel like family and welcome you openly.”
“Great organization that allows empowerment for the Native youth to excel in leadership skills, networking opportunity, and early professional growth.”
“Awesome for youth group & leadership.”