The Power of UNITY’s Network: Alumni reconnects at Santo Domingo Pueblo
Santo Domingo, NM – The Santo Domingo Pueblo Education Department welcomed UNITY staff member Jared Massey for a weekend of service, culture, food, and fellowship. UNITY, Inc. has an established relationship with tribes across the Southwest, with the Santo Domingo Pueblo being one of many.
On June 16, 2009, Kewa Teens Reaching Unity Through Harmony (T.R.U.T.H) Council was founded by Governor Everett F. Chavez, Lt. Governor Paul Rosetta, and the Santo Domingo Tribal Council for the benefit of the tribe’s youth. Kewa T.R.U.T.H consists of Santo Domingo Pueblo youth between the ages of 15-24. The majority of the involved students attend Santa Fe Indian School and Bernallio High School.
UNITY’s established network is to credit for the connections in communities across the United States, with it’s strong alumni who continue to give back to their communities. UNITY staff member Jared Massey formed a lasting friendship with Garrett Bird, who was a member of the Kewa TRUTH Youth Council in 2008 at the National UNITY Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The friendship continued throughout the years, as Bird soon after entered the armed services and successfully served our Country, then returned home to help his community. The invitation to visit the Santo Domingo Pueblo was initiated by Garrett Bird and his companion, Rosemary Reano, who is also the lead advisor for the Kewa T.R.U.T.H. Youth Council.
A Facebook post by UNITY Staff member Jared Massey showed the power of UNITY and it’s lasting family, “I don’t where or how to begin to explain my arrival and first day at the Santo Domingo Pueblo. I can’t comprehend the generosity, beauty, kindness, and culture of the Kewa people. From reuniting with Garrett Bird after UNITY 2009, to meeting the Governor upon my arrival, to the beauty of the home I entered (Rosemary Reano’s home), to watching the youth council give thanks and offer corn pollen at the end of their fundraiser. I’ve visited so many youth councils in my young life and I’ve never seen a group more thankful for the money raised, by placing that offering. I can’t comprehend the feeling I felt and feeling while I’m a guest of the Kewa people.” Jared’s visit also included a meeting with youth program representatives from the neighboring pueblo communities, a community service project with the youth council, and participating in the pueblo’s annual Feast Day.
UNITY’s presence in the Santo Domingo Pueblo has not left, as the youth council did go inactive for a few years, but through the vision of Rosemary Reano and several community leaders, the youth council has since been reestablished. You can follow the youth council on Facebook at Kewa T.R.U.T.H. Council, or connect with the advisor by email at [email protected].