Midwestern Region

UNITY Regional Profile

The UNITY Northwest Region Represents Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Our goal is to provide a voice for the youth of the Northwest and uphold UNITY’s mission of fostering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

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:

2021 Fall Northwest Virtual Meet-Up

UNITY News: Northwest Updates

Northwest Regional Representative: Jonathan Arakawa

Jonathan is from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

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NORTHWEST REGION

Jonathan Arakawa, Northwest Regional Representative

National UNITY Council Executive Committee

northwest@unityinc.org

 

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

Jonathan Arakawa, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington

Email: northwest@unityinc.orgjonathan_arakawa@outlook.com

Cell: 360.565.6957

Who does the UNITY Midwest Region Represent?

The UNITY Northwest Region Represents Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Our goal is to provide a voice for the youth of the Northwest and uphold UNITY’s mission of fostering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth. 

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

Jonathan Arakawa, Northwestern Regional Representative

northwest@unityinc.org

National UNITY Council Executive Committee

nucec@unityinc.org

Northwest Region Youth Councils

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

“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.””

Marisa
Marisa

“The gathering, the sharing of cultures, the UNITY of our people!”

Greg
Greg

“Our YOUTH is the future!”

Fefe
Fefe

“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.”

Darlene
Darlene

“Great organization that allows empowerment for the Native youth to excel in leadership skills, networking opportunity, and early professional growth.”

Kay
Kay

“Awesome for youth group & leadership.”