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.
2022 SPRING Northwest 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 Northwest Regional Native Youth Meet-Up:
- When: Tuesday, April 5th, 2022, 4:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
- Hosted by Jonathan Arakawa, Northwest Region Representative
- Register in advance for this meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpc-yoqTojGNJTgpmlsxFIsnLlEyzSuedG
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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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com | 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. Outside of UNITY, Mr. Arakawa also serves as Co-Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians Youth Commission (NCAI-YC) while being a student at The Evergreen State College and Peninsula College, studying for both his Bachelor of Arts in Tribal Governance and Master’s in Teaching. He is also a Klallam Language Teacher 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 Mr. Arakawa.
These qualities, values, and teachings lead him in pursuit of his work and advocacy for Indian Country. One of Mr. Arakawa’s tireless advocacy efforts and strong platforms in his UNITY and NCAI services is for Native American History to be taught from the Native Perspective in Washington State public schools, and public schools throughout the United States, while assuring an equitable and inclusive educational system for Native American students.
These advocacy efforts have led him to work in the Port Angeles School District (PASD) as a Native American Specialist for the PASD AmeriCorps Program—a national service position—for two years working alongside strong Native American educators.
Mr. Arakawa looks forward to working with our local, regional, state, and federal counterparts to address issues that affect Native youth and Indian Country while bringing all Tribal Nations together to further amplify the strength of our ancestors that run through Indian Country’s veins and unleash our multi-generational strength, wisdom, and resiliency to be that generation of leaders our ancestors prayed for. He believes everyone has a place, every single person is a leader, and when we come together as a Native America, our collective strength is incalculable.
Northwest Region Youth Councils
- Regional Youth Advisory Council (RYAC)
- Togiak UNITY YC “The Beat Goes On”
- Native Village of Eyak
- Yaghanen Youth Council
- Qikiqtagruk Inupiaq Youth Council
- Tanana Chiefs Conference Emerging Leaders Advisory Council
- Leaders of Tomorrow
- Aniak Traditional Youth Center
- Aleut UNITY Tribal Youth Council
- Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal YC
- Native Village of Port Heiden
- Coeurd’Alene Tribal Youth Council
- Fort Hall Youth Council
- Burns Paiute Tribe Youth Leadership Council
- Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
- Siletz Youth Council
- Cow Creek Tribal Youth Council
- Many Nations as One Youth Council
- The Klamath Tribes Youth Council
- Chemawa Indian School Student Council
- Cowlitz Indian Tribe Youth Council
- Elwha Tribal Youth Council
- Kiis Council
- Nevplelem Youth Council
- Nooksack Tribal Teen Council
- Tulalip Youth Counci
- Inchelium Youth Council
- Kalispel Youth Council
- Colville Tribes’ Omak District Youth Council
- Nisqually Youth Council
- Quinault Teen Council
- Suquamish Youth Council
- Swinomish Youth Council
- River Ridge High School YC
- Yakama Nation Youth Council
- Toppenish Youth Council
- Clover Park School Dist. Native Pride YC
- Omak District Youth Council
- Puyallup Tribal Youth Council
- Squaxin Island Tribe
- 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.”