Meet the 2014 – 2015 Executive Committee
The following twelve individuals were elected during the 2014 National UNITY Conference in Portland, Oregon to serve on the 2014 – 2015 National UNITY Council Executive Committee.
Sarah Scott, 20, is an enrolled member of the Lummi Nation in Bellingham Wa. She is currently serving as the female Co – President of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee. She is also attending school at Northwest Indian College where she is going to attain an Associates Degree and her goal is to obtain a Bachelors in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Human services. Sarah partakes heavily in her culture and uses that to guide her in her journey as a mother and as a young leader. She is very honored to be serving her third term on the NUC Executive Committee and looks forward to serving her fellow peers.
Brian Weeden also known as Moskwetah “Bear Heart” is a proud members of The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe located in Mashpee Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Cod. Brian is currently a language teacher for the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project (WLRP) and teaches the Wampanoag Language. Outside of work Brian is a devoted tribal member who believes in giving back to the community. He serves on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes Enrollment Committee, Youth Advisory Committee and holds the current title of Chairman to the 2014 Pow Wow Committee. Back in 2009 Brian formed the Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council and served as Chairman from 2009 until aging off of the council in 2012. However in 2012 Brian had the privilege of being elected Northeast Area Representative for the United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. Executive Committee also known as UNITY EC. The following year he ran for Male Co President and did not succeed. However he did not give up and the following year he ran and became victorious.” I encourage everyone to chase his or her dreams. Don’t ever give up!” Over the next year as the newly elected Male Co President Brian plans on restoring the voice of the NUC (National UNITY Council) while amending the constitution and bylaws. If you have any questions or would like to contact Brian he can be reached via email at [email protected].
Alexandria GreyBull – Alexandria GreyBull, Great Plains Area Representative. Alexandria is nineteen years old. She is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Poplar MT but she was born and raised on the Sisseton Wahpeton Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota. Alexandria is the daughter of Brian and Emma Greybull. She is currently the Vice President of the Seventh Generation Oyate Voices youth council of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Alexandria graduated from Tiospa Zina Tribal School in May 2012. She is an employee at the Sisseton Wahpeton Early Headstart and full time college student at Sisseton Wahpeton College and is majoring in Dakota Studies. Alexandria is a women’s old style jingle dress dancer. Her culture plays a huge part in her life. If anyone has any questions feel free to email me [email protected]
Julian Juan – “Julian Juan is a registered member of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Southern Arizona. He currently serves as the Vice-President on the Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council (TONYC). Julian is pursuing an education in business with a focus in marketing and hopes to go after a career in economic development. His ultimate goal is to work with tribes in rural areas to find ways of pushing economic development and investing in their futures. In addition to serving as the Western Area Representative he is also a cabinet member on the National Native Youth Cabinet with the National Congress of American Indians where he works with fellow cabinet members across Indian Country to conduct effective research and implement policy changes to benefit Native American and Alaska Native youth. He believes wholeheartedly in the UNITY organization and its ability to create strong leaders in Indian Country. His goal for his term is to reach out to Utah and Nevada, with the help of youth in Arizona, and get them to invest in their youth by sending them to the UNITY conference and becoming a part of the UNITY family.”
Sydnee Kopke – Sydnee Kopke, 17, of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan represents not only her tribe but the Midwest Region. Sydnee was elected freshman rep of the 3 fires youth council when she realized her passion of giving back to her community. Since then, Sydnee has served three elective years being on the Saginaw Chippewa Youth Council as Female Co-President. She is now a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School. She loves working with kids and youth. Sydnee is so excited to be working with the NUC EC this year!
Dominique Lombardi – Dominique Lombardi, Pacific Regional Representative and Secretary. Dominique is an enrolled member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians tribe in Southern California. She is honored to be elected on the National UNITY Council Executive Committee as the Pacific Regional Representative. As a former Co-President, Dominique desires to continue her local work of encouraging Native youth to get their education and continue on to higher education. Dominique is a current student at the University of Redlands. Pursuing a Liberal Arts degree for early childhood development, choosing to focus on elementary education. She believes children at the elementary age start to determine their life’s direction and need much discipline and guidance. Dominique aspires to be a teacher that helps children become successful in all they set their mind to. She would like to finish school before returning to her reservation to teach the children of her tribe. Dominique once held the “Daughter of Morongo” royalty title for three years, from 2008-2011. Dominique is excited for the upcoming year and to serve all of California and Hawaii Native youth. Email: [email protected]
Jacob Long – My name is Jacob Long. I am from Cherokee North Carolina I’m 15 and in the eleventh grade. I have a twin sister and a younger sister and all of us are in our local youth council. My twin and I have both been to UNITY. Since this is my first year on the Executive Committee this coming year will be a new and exciting experience for me. One of my big goals this year is to spread the word about UNITY to the Southeastern region, because I notice that there were very few youth councils from this region at UNITY. I also hope to meet new people and just enjoy this as much as I can.
Sequoia Obe – Sequoia Obe, a 20 year old Alabama-Coushatta member from Livingston, Texas; where she was also born and raised from. She currently attends Haskell Indian Nations University for Liberal Arts, in Lawrence, Kansas. Sequoia served as President for the Alabama-Coushatta Inner Voice Youth Council, and has attended UNITY for the past three years. She is now serving as the Southern Plains representative where she hopes to bring her region together to help resolve issues within their communities. In her spare time she loves dancing and traveling to powwows, as well as play basketball, listen to music, and hang with friends.
Hamilton Seymour – Hamilton Seymour is a descendant from Nooksack Indian Tribe and Chemainus First Nation. His Indian name is Puq va Thut. He is a sophomore attending Mount Baker High School. He is dedicated to promoting youth leadership programs and services for all Native Youth. He is an elected member of the Nooksack Teen Council and humbly serves as the Northwest Area Representative for the UNITY Executive Committee. Hamilton is a proud Native American Youth who strives to lead by example. He is drug and alcohol free. He enjoys playing basketball and participating in our traditional War Canoeing. Through his participation in sports he understands the importance of commitment, dedication, and teamwork. He is one of our many Youth fighting to keep our culture and traditions alive. He embraces the teachings of our elders and understands that our traditional values and beliefs help strengthen our tribal communities. He is following the path that has been paved for him by his grandparents and parents before him as they were and continue to be leaders of their communities. He hopes through his participation in UNITY he can help empower others by bringing forth awareness of the many opportunities available for our Youth.
Claullen Tillman – Claullen is a 19 year old member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. He comes from the heart of the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. He attended school off of the reservation and graduated from Lander Valley High School, receiving the Hathaway scholarship and a student of the year nomination. Claullen is currently enrolled at the local junior college working on his associates degree. He plans to then transfer to either Colorado State University or Northern Arizona University to work towards both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration. He plans to use this knowledge to come back and help his people on his reservation. Claullen’s interest include helping the Wind River UNITY Council, volunteering, and working as a mentor in the E.S.C.A.P.E Program on his reservation. Claullen’s main goal while working as a member of the National UNITY Executive Committee is to help the Rocky Mountain Region become closer and more connected.
Alex Toledo – My name is Alex Toledo from the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico, I recently attend college in Denver, Colorado where I study airframe and power plant. I am knowledgeable with UNITY and have been attending the National UNITY conferences for seven years, I also served as the UNITY representative and most recently served as the President of the Native American Youth Empowerment (NAYE). UNITY has impacted my life in many ways, when i first attended I was shy and quiet, but over the years attending UNITY I have overcome many obstacles, I have grown to become a leader for my youth council and my peers. Traditions & cultural activities have always been an important part of my life. I have influenced many others to continue in our traditional ways, by always participating in dancing, taking part in my cultural activities and teaching others to do the same. My goals as being your Southwest Rep. I will uphold the Bylaws, to be a voice heard for all native youth across the country. To continue what has been started over the past 38 years, keeping our voices heard for the years ahead and to become leaders in our own communities Teaching our youth to be heard in their own voices.
Sassamin Weeden – Sassamin, 21, belongs to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Mashpee, Massachusetts. She was born and raised in Mashpee and graduated with the class of 2012 at Mashpee High School and is now currently working in retail and also administration of a Cardiologist specialists. Sassamin was just crowned 2014 Powwow Princess of her tribe. She has been fully involved with United National Indian Tribal Youth organization (UNITY) for four years. At the recent national conference in Portland, Oregon she was re-elected to serve another year as representative and also elected Vice President of the Executive Committee. Aside from UNITY Sassamin has been involved with her Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Youth Council since it was founded in 2009. The past 2 years have given her the privilege of being Chairwoman of the youth council. The laughter and shared memories she is surrounded by are what make her so passionate about what she does and who she does it for. Her goals as representative are to get more Northeast Tribes to UNITY and continue building the gap between the EC and the NUC. Not many people are aware of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and their traditions so as representative sassamin plans to travel around Indian Country and let people know they are still here. Let them know that they are the people of the first liqht, the people of the dawn and they shall remain!