Midwest Region

UNITY Regional Profile

The UNITY Midwest Region Represents Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Missouri. Our goal is to provide a voice for the youth of the Midwest and uphold UNITY’s mission of fostering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

2021 Fall Western Virtual Meet-Up


Midwest Regional Representative: Angelina Serna

Angelina Serna is from the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oneida Nations. Ms. Serna is the Midwest Regional Representative to the National UNITY Executive Committee

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Angelina Serna, Midwest Regional Representative

National UNITY Council Executive Committee



Who is the Midwest Representative and how do I get in contact with them? 

Angelina Serna, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians/ Oneida Nation 


Email: midwest@unityinc.org or angelina.serna3@gmail.com 

Who does the UNITY Midwest Region Represent?

The UNITY Midwest Region Represents Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Missouri. Our goal is to provide a voice for the youth of the Midwest and uphold UNITY’s mission of fostering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth. 

Biography of Midwest Regional Representative Angelina Serna 


Angelina is from the Oneida Nation and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Angelina, a student-athlete, has just completed her 4th year as a Varsity starter and Captain for Volleyball, Soccer, and Cheerleading teams. She is the Lead tumbler and Captain for the Varsity           Cheerleading Team, which won the 2020 and 2022 Noble Conference Championships and the 2020 and 2022 Co-Ed Cheerleading Champions for Chicago Public Schools. Angelina was named Athlete of the Year and named the most decorated athlete in school history. While she takes athletics very seriously, she is also a dedicated student who has taken all Honors/AP classes and has maintained four straight years of the High Honor Roll with a GPA of 4.22. She has     recently graduated in the Top 10 Percent of her class from Pritzker College Prep High School in Chicago, IL. Angelina is the Founder and President of Chicagos Indigenous Tribal Youth (C.I.T.Y.) Council, who won Youth Council of the Year at the 2021 UNITY Conference in Dallas, Texas. She was also selected to be a member of the 2020 Class of Native Jump Start Program at the University of California-Berkeley and was also a participant in the 2020 World Affairs Youth Seminar at Auburn University and participated in the 2021 Dartmouth Indigenous Fly-In Program. Currently, she completed her work with curators at the Chicago Field Museum, where she is now featured in the new Native American Hall on Chicagos Indigenous Youth called “  Native Truths, Our Voices, Our Stories.” Angelina and her youth council have partnered with the American Indian Center of Chicago to co-create the I Support Lateral Kindness” Campaign, which focuses on combating lateral violence and other issues facing Indian Country through kindness and humanity. She has led workshops at the UNITY Mid-year Conference and the UNITY National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Angelina participates actively in the community by volunteering her time with the Pandemic Food Distribution, Food Is Medicine” program, Senior Luncheons, Indigenous I-STEAM summer Camp, fundraisers, and various community cultural classes and events. Angelina will attend Cornell University in the fall to double major in Public Policy and Government with a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies. 

She is also a recipient of the prestigious Meining Family Cornell National Scholar award; this award is for students who show extraordinary scholarly and leadership qualities and will receive the utmost development during their time at Cornell University. This program will help students gain the tools they need to become leaders in an ever-changing world. Her hope is to return to the community to aid in shaping policy that impacts the urban Native community.


Angelina Serna, Midwest Regional Representative


National UNITY Council Executive Committee


Midwest Region Youth Councils

    1. Gun Lake Tribe Unity Council
    2. Nbiish Be Mwi Jwaang Youth Council
    3. Wabaan Ogimaawag Youth Council
    4. Pokagon Band Youth Council
    5. Anishinabe Nimmki Youth Council
    6. Native Nations Youth Jr. Council
    7. Native Nations Youth Sr. Council
    8. Malcolm Mavericks Tribal Youth Council
    9. Hannahville Youth Advisory Council
    10. Mnochege’ Huron Potawatomi UNITY Council
    11. Waaniniigaanzijig Youth Council
    12. Nswe Shkwade Youth Council
    13. Waganakising Eshkiniigijik UNITY Council
    14. Saginaw Chippewa Youth Council
    15. Anishinabe Youth Council
    16. Bahweting Anishinabek Youth Council
    17. Maawanji Idiwag Youth Council
    18. Anishinaabe Leaders of Tomorrow
    19. Upper Sioux YC-Pehijutazizi Youth Council
    20. Leech Lake Tribal Youth Council
    21. Mille Lacs Band Advisory Youth Council
    22. Red Lake Nation Youth Council
    23. Northland Community Schools
    24. Lower Sioux UNITY
    25. Ogitchidaa Oyate
    26. Bemidji High School
    27. Cedar Mountain UNITY
    28. Native Youth Coalition of Cass Lake
    29. Young Native Leaders
    30. Chicago Indian Tribal Youth
    31. Chi-Nations Youth Council
    32. Terra Rouge Unity Council (TRU)
    33. Lac Courte Oreilles Youth Council
    34. Nanda-Gikendan Youth Council
    35. Central WI Native American Youth Council
    36. Tomah Ho-Chunk Youth Council
    37. Forest County Potawatomie UNITY Youth Council
    38. Weshki Niigaanijig
    39. Bad River UNITY Youth Council
    40. On^yote?aka Youth Council

“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.”