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Native Women named 21 Leaders for the 21st Century


Women’s eNews has named three Indigenous women among their prestigious list of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century including UNITY Executive Director Mary Kim Titla. The influential women are well-known in academia, activism, politics, entertainment, non-profits, and more. All of the honorees were celebrated recently in a virtual event. Women’s eNews has named three indigenous women of their 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. They join other influential women in academia, activism, politics, entertainment, non-profits and more, on this prestigious list. All of the honorees will be celebrated in a virtual event this evening. Congratulations to UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee Kylie Hunts-in-Winter, UNITY Executive Director Mary Kim Titla, and Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek.

Kylie Hunts-in-Winter, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

TEEN VOICES HONOREE: Kylie Hunts-in-Winter is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a veteran activist who has created an ever-expanding movement called “Brave Woman” which empowers women, especially those in Native American Communities, through training in martial arts. She shared her platform with others as a former UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee. She is also a board member and chief youth lobbyist for the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative, which is advocating for Indigenous Peoples’ Day to replace Columbus Day.

Mary Kim TitlaSan Carlos Apache Nation

Mary Kim Titla is a member of the San Carlos Apache Nation located in southeastern Arizona. A 20-year veteran TV News Reporter, (notably for KVOA in Tucson, where in 1987 she became the first Native American television journalist in Arizona, and later KPNX in Phoenix), she now serves as Executive Director for United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), a national non-profit organization promoting youth leadership, citizenship and personal development among Native American youth. She also serves as a journalist for Women’s eNews’ new podcast series, ‘Indigenous Women Leaders Speak Out.”

Kluane Adamek, Assembly of First Nations Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography

Kluane Adamek (traditional name is “Aagé”) has served as Canada’s Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Yukon Regional Chief since January 2018. Regional Chief Adamek holds the AFN National Portfolios for Climate Change and the Environment, Youth and Modern Treaties, and continues to press for changes in the ways young people and the next generation are included in decision making forums.

“I feel so honored to be recognized alongside these other impressive and influential women,”  said Titla. “Each of us is doing our part to lead the way in our respective fields to give women a  voice and set a positive example for others in our communities.”
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