NorthWestern Region

UNITY Regional Profile

The Northwest Region consists of geographical areas and the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Washington, . The Northwest region has 45 affiliated youth councils in 4 states within the UNITY Network.


Northwest/Rocky Mountain Regional Meet Up

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 6:00 pm PST

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Hosted by Northwest Rep. Jonathan Arakawa and Rocky Mountain Rep. Watson Whitford


UNITY News: Northwest Updates

Northwest Regional Representative: Jonathan Arakawa

Jonathan Arakawa is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Mr. Arakawa is the Northwest Regional Representative and Secretary to the National UNITY Executive Committee

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Jonathan Arakawa, Secretary/Northwest Regional Representative

National UNITY Council Executive Committee

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Welcome to the UNITY Northwest Region. Here, you will find information about activities, projects, and events happening in our region. You will also be able to connect with your Northwest Regional Representative, Jonathan Arakawa, who is here to assist you.

Who does the UNITY Northwest Region Represent?
The UNITY Northwest Region represents Native youth who reside in the States of Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho.

Who is my Northwest Regional Representative and how do I contact them?
Jonathan J. Arakawa, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington
Email:; | Cell: (360) 565-6957


What does my Northwest Regional Representative do?
The Northwest Regional Representative represents Native youth who reside in the States of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho on the National UNITY Council Executive Committee as their liaison and representative to the UNITY Staff and Council of Trustees, elected by the Northwest Regional Caucus as defined by the UNITY Network. 


The Northwest Regional Representative serves alongside two Co-Presidents and ten Regional Representatives, advocating for your issues, being your voice on the national level, and celebrating your accomplishments.


Biography of Northwest Regional Representative Jonathan Arakawa

Jonathan Arakawa is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Mr. Arakawa is the Secretary and Northwest Regional Representative to the National UNITY Council Executive Committee (NUC-EC). Mr. Arakawa is a proud and recent recipient of UNITY’s 5th Class of 25 Under 25 National Leadership Recognition Honoree, one of the most prestigious awards in Indian Country. Outside of UNITY, Mr. Arakawa also serves as Co-Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians Youth Commission (NCAI-YC). Mr. Arakawa is a student at the Evergreen State College, studying for his Bachelor of Arts in Tribal Governance. He is also a Klallam Language Teacher, recently appointed to the Klallam Language Teacher Certification Board, and serves as Minister of the Lower Elwha 1910 Indian Shaker Church. Since birth, Mr. Arakawa’s family has instilled leadership qualities, cultural values, and traditional teachings into him. These qualities, values, and teachings lead Mr. Arakawa in pursuit of his work and advocacy for Indian Country.


Jonathan Arakawa, Northwest Regional Representative

National UNITY Council Executive Committee

Northwest Region Youth Councils

  1. Regional Youth Advisory Council (RYAC)
  2. Togiak UNITY YC “The Beat Goes On”
  3. Native Village of Eyak
  4. Yaghanen Youth Council
  5. Qikiqtagruk Inupiaq Youth Council
  6. Tanana Chiefs Conference Emerging Leaders Advisory Council
  7. Leaders of Tomorrow
  8. Aniak Traditional Youth Center
  9. Aleut UNITY Tribal Youth Council
  10. Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal YC
  11. Native Village of Port Heiden
  12. Coeurd’Alene Tribal Youth Council
  13. Fort Hall Youth Council
  14. Burns Paiute Tribe Youth Leadership Council
  15. Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
  16. Siletz Youth Council
  17. Cow Creek Tribal Youth Council
  18. Many Nations as One Youth Council
  19. The Klamath Tribes Youth Council
  20. Chemawa Indian School Student Council
  21. Cowlitz Indian Tribe Youth Council
  22. Elwha Tribal Youth Council
  23. Kiis Council
  24. Nevplelem Youth Council
  25. Nooksack Tribal Teen Council
  26. Tulalip Youth Counci
  27. Inchelium Youth Council
  28. Kalispel Youth Council
  29. Colville Tribes’ Omak District Youth Council
  30. Nisqually Youth Council
  31. Quinault Teen Council
  32. Suquamish Youth Council
  33. Swinomish Youth Council
  34. River Ridge High School YC
  35. Yakama Nation Youth Council
  36. Toppenish Youth Council
  37. Clover Park School Dist. Native Pride YC
  38. Omak District Youth Council
  39. Puyallup Tribal Youth Council
  40. Squaxin Island Tribe
  41. Chehalis Tribal 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.”


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