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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.

2022 Spring Midwest Virtual Meet-Up

At the meet-ups, youth councils are invited to gather to grow relationships and work towards goals. These MeetUps will serve as a networking opportunity as well as a brainstorming session for how to address community challenges and needs. (And have fun!) Not only will this be a valuable networking opportunity for your Youth leaders to connect with the surrounding tribes, but we would also like your feedback. 

NEXT Midwest Regional Native Youth Meet-Up

2021 Fall Midwest Virtual Meet-Up

UNITY News: Midwest Updates

Midwest Regional Representative Angelina Serna 

Angelina is from the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oneida Nation. She is currently a Senior at Pritzker College Prep High School in Chicago, IL

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Biography of Midwest Regional Representative Angelina Serna 

Angelina is from the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oneida Nation. She is currently a Senior at Pritzker College Prep High School in Chicago, IL. Angelina, a student-athlete, is completing her 4th year as a Varsity starter for Volleyball, Soccer, and Cheerleading teams. She is the Lead tumbler for the Varsity Cheerleading Team, which won both the 2020 Noble Conference Championships and the 2020 Co-Ed Cheerleading Champions for Chicago Public Schools. While she takes athletics very seriously, she is also a dedicated student who has maintained 6 straight semesters of the High Honor Roll with a GPA of 4.1.

Angelina is the President of Chicago’s 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. Currently, she is working with curators of the Chicago Field Museum where she will be featured in the Native American Hall on Chicago’s Indigenous Youth. Angelina just got accepted into the Dartmouth Indigenous Fly-In Program that will take place at Dartmouth College this fall.

Angelina has been an active participant in the community by volunteering her time with the Pandemic Food Distribution, Senior Luncheons, fundraisers, and various community events. With high school coming to end in the next year she plans on attending a university to double major in International Relations and Government. Her hope is to return to the community to aid in shaping policy that impacts the urban Native community.


Angelina Serna, Midwest Regional Representative

To Contact the entire National UNITY Council Executive Committee 

The National UNITY Network consists of 325 affiliated youth councils in 36 states.

The National UNITY Network consists of 325 affiliated youth councils in 36 states. The Midwest region has 40 affiliated youth councils in 5 states within the UNITY Network.

Midwest Regional Youth Councils

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

“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.”