NUC Executive Council

A major component to the UNITY Network is the National UNITY Council (NUC), which is comprised of male and female representative from each of the affiliated youth councils as well as affiliated individuals.  The NUC is the central collective voice of UNITY, where Native Youth have the opportunity to take a stance on issues affecting Indian Country. Presiding over the National UNITY Council is the National UNITY Council Executive Committee (NUCEC), which is comprised of ten Regional Representatives and both the Male and Female Co-Presidents.
The NUCEC is made up of one male and one female who serve as co-Presidents, and 10 area representative who represent UNITY youth councils and individual members in 10 regions.

Newly Appointed NUC Executive Committee Members

Izaiah Fisher

Izaiah Fisher

Male Co-President
Audrianna Mitchell

Audrianna Mitchell

Female Co-President
Rory Wheeler

Rory Wheeler

Vice President/Northeast Region Representative
Jonathan Arakawa

Jonathan Arakawa

Secretary/Northwest Region Representative
Justice Fox

Justice Fox

Great Plains Region Representative
Angelina Serna

Angelina Serna

Midwest Region Representative
Kaytlynn Johnston

Kaytlynn Johnston

Pacific Region Representative
ArriAnna Henry-Matt

ArriAnna Henry-Matt

Rocky Mountain Representative
Elwood McClellan, Jr.

Elwood McClellan, Jr.

Southern Plains Region Representative
Evynn Richardson

Evynn Richardson

Southeast Region Representative
Chenoa Scippio

Chenoa Scippio

Southwest Region Representative
Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey

Western Region Representative

Izaiah Fisher

Male Co-President

Izaiah Fisher, 19, is a descendant of Shasta, Tututni, Salish bands and is enrolled with the Confederated Tribes of Siltez Indians of Oregon. Izaiah is a recent graduate of Siletz Early College Academy and will attend the University of Oregon majoring in Business. Before being elected Co-President, he served as UNITY’s Northwest Regional Representative and served as a member of the Siltez Tribal Youth Council. He is a traditional dancer and singer.

Audrianna Mitchell

Female Co-President

Audriana Mitchell, 23, is a descendant of the Navajo and Southern Cheyenne Tribes and is enrolled with the Colorado River Indian Tribes of Arizona. She is a student at Mesa Community College majoring in Communications. Before being elected Co-President, she served as UNITY’s Western Regional Representative and UNITY Peer Guide. Her honors include serving as Miss Colorado River Indian Tribes and Miss Indian Arizona and are a 2018 recipient of UNITY’s 25 under 25 national leadership recognition program.

Rory Wheeler

Vice President/Northeast Region Representative

Rory Wheeler is a citizen of the Seneca Nation and serves as the Vice President and Northeast Representative for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY). He previously served as the Youth Commission Vice President and President for the National Congress of American Indians from 2016-2020, where we worked with tribal leaders, youth leaders on the pressing topics that impact Native youth on issues such as advancing the government to government relationship with the United States, climate resiliency, juvenile justice, education, and representation. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association on American Indian Affairs, Community Advisory Board for the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.Previously, Rory was a White House Tribal Nations Youth Ambassador during the Obama Administration, a Health Policy Fellow with the National Indian Health Board and was the Youth Ambassador & Government/External Affairs Fellow for the Seneca Nation. In 2020, he helped lead the Biden-Harris presidential campaign’s Native American Policy Committee as co-chairman of the Native youth subcommittee. He received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Niagara University in Political Science/Pre-Law and has been an active member since 2010 of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department where he serves as a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, and rope rescue technician.

Jonathan Arakawa

Secretary/Northwest Region Representative

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.

Justice Fox

Great Plains Region Representative

Justice Fox is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes; Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara. Justice was elected as the Great Plains Regional Representative for the National UNITY Executive Committee. When Justice isn’t doing UNITY business; he is a 17 year old who attends White Shield School in his Senior year, living life to the fullest by participating in school sports like Cross Country, Basketball, and Track, helping his grandparents with work around their house, working out for aesthetic, and helping the his community are just some of the hobbies he enjoys. For as long as Justice can remember; the core values Integrity, Loyalty, Gratitude, Honesty, and Perseverance have been taught and ingraved into him by his family to be best version of him he can be. Using these values he attempts to serve the people but mostly the Native youth of his community and outside of his community so that they can be more successful than him. With the great opportunity Justice has been given to be the Great Plains Regional Representative, he hopes to grow the youth councils within the region to make the Great Plains, Greater.He is beyond excited to work with the other representatives to empower the youth and make their voices be heard from all over Native Country. His dream is for a future where the Native youth can come for what their ancestors were denied.

Angelina Serna

Midwest Region Representative

Angelina Serna is from the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oneida Nation. She is currently a senior at Pritzker College Prep High School in Chicago, IL. Angelina, a student-athlete, is completing her 4th year as a Varsity starter for Volleyball, Soccer, and Cheerleading teams. She is the Lead tumbler for the Varsity Cheerleading Team, which won both the 2020 Noble Conference Championships and the 2020 Co-Ed Cheerleading Champions for Chicago Public Schools. While she takes athletics very seriously, she is also a dedicated student who has maintained 6 straight semesters of the High Honor Roll with a GPA of 4.1.Angelina is the President of Chicago’s Indigenous Tribal Youth (C.I.T.Y.) Council, who won Youth Council of the Year at the 2021 UNITY Conference in Dallas, Texas. She was also selected to be a member of the 2020 Class of Native Jump Start Program at the University of California-Berkeley and was also a participant in the 2020 World Affairs Youth Seminar at Auburn University. Currently, she is working with curators of the Chicago Field Museum where she will be featured in the Native American Hall on Chicago’s Indigenous Youth. Angelina just got accepted into the Dartmouth Indigenous Fly-In Program that will take place at Dartmouth College this fall.Angelina has been an active participant in the community by volunteering her time with the Pandemic Food Distribution, Senior Luncheons, fundraisers, and various community events. With high school coming to end in the next year she plans on attending a university to double major in International Relations and Government. Her hope is to return to the community to aid in shaping policy that impacts the urban Native community.

Kaytlynn Johnston

Pacific Region Representative

Kaytlynn Johnston is from the Bishop Paiute Tribe in Bishop California; I am the granddaughter of Kenneth Jones and the late Jeanette Barlow, and the daughter of Carrie and Tony Brown. I am attending Bishop Union High school this year as a junior. I am Miss Pabanamanina Pow-Wow princess 2019-2021, and the Bishop Tribal Youth Council President, as well working as a youth DJ at KBPT 96.1 FM Bishop. I enjoy volunteering and bettering my community and being a proud member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe.

ArriAnna Henry-Matt

Rocky Mountain Representative

ArriAnna Henry-Matt is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Henry-Matt is the Rocky Mountain Area Representative through the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization.Henry-Matt is a senior in the Bachelor of Social Work at Salish Kootenai College (SKC).She is a fellow through the Indigenous Visionaries Native Woman Leadership Fellowship program. While working as an intern through the Tribal Education program. Henry-Matt is devoting to serving her community through education, language, culture, and wellness 

Elwood McClellan, Jr.

Southern Plains Region Representative

Elwood McClellan Jr is a member of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Mr. McClellan is the Southern Plains Region Representative to the National UNITY Council Executive Committee.Mr. McClellan currently serves as the chairman of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s UNITY youth council and has served on the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s Election Board where his interest in program development derived.This has all taken place during Mr. McClellan’s time at the University of Oklahoma where he is pursuing his bachelor's degree in Human Relations. The experiences throughout his life and material that his degree path has provided, he plans to directly apply his studies to Indigenous communities.

Evynn Richardson

Southeast Region Representative

Evynn Richardson also called Ksé:hahiyé, is an enrolled member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe of North Carolina and holds relations with the Nansemond tribe of Virginia. Evynn is the Southeastern representative for the National Unity Council Executive Committee and serves on various committees. Being an active member in her community, she has served on the Red Earth Youth Council as Vice President and has held various positions on the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization, including Co-President. Through these positions she has built many connections that have opened various opportunities for her, such as becoming an illustrator for the book, “It’s Homecoming Y’all: Nakoma’s Greatest Tradition.” This book project has allowed her to use her interest as a gateway to provide scholarships for Native Youth of North Carolina. Other projects Evynn has worked on include the Remembering Our Sisters Fellowship through the Center for Native American Youth to promote the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit movement through media. Being a full-time student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she hopes to pursue her interests of non-profit management and art to give back to her community in whatever capacity she can.It is Evynn’s hope to continue to serve Native youth, especially in the Southeastern region, to build tribal connections, engage youth involvement, and inspire positive change in the areas that she represents. 

Chenoa Scippio

Southwest Region Representative

Chenoa Scippio is enrolled with the Navajo Nation and is also affiliated with the Pueblo of Santa Clara. She is currently a full-time fourth-year undergraduate student at The University of New Mexico (UNM) double majoring in Population Health and Native American Studies. She serves as the Southwest Regional Representative on the National UNITY (United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.) Executive Committee.Chenoa is a Cobell Scholar, American Indian Graduate Center Scholar, Chief Manuelito Scholar, and a two-time Udall Foundation Undergraduate Honorable Mention. She has also received the Honor Roll award four consecutive semesters and recently had an article published in the Albuquerque Journal.On and off campus, Chenoa is involved in a variety of student organizations and programs dedicated to service and giving back to the greater Albuquerque community. She is Co-President of KIVA Club, Treasurer of Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group (NASIRG), fourth year American Indian Student Services Ambassador, and third year New Mexico Health Career Opportunities Program Ambassador. With skills learned in her degree program and extracurricular activities, Chenoa aspires to achieve social justice in Indigenous communities as a public health professional concentrating in community health and health behavior interventions. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master of Public Health at UNM.

Steve Harvey

Western Region Representative

Steve Harvey is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Mr. Harvey is the Western Regional Representative to the National UNITY Executive Committee and 2021-2022 Circle of Earth Ambassadors. Outside of UNITY, Mr.Harvey is an active member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe Youth Council and an employee under the Institute for Career-Development and Workforce Transformation department (WIOA) of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. He is also a part-time manager for Eastern Arizona College softball team. While a full-time student at Eastern Arizona College, he studies for his associates in general studies and geology.Mr. Harvey has grown up around the core values and teachings of the Apache way of life and uses those teachings instilled by his community to work toward empowering and leading the youth within Native Country.Mr. Harvey is a strong advocate for addressing environmental concerns. Through his work, he serves as an Environmental ambassador extracting and distilling lessons from nature and culture to explore alternatives for a sustainable future to live more gently on our planet as Ambassadors of our environment. Mr. Harvey believes that attending Eastern Arizona College, as geology major is a step in the right direction to addressing environmental concerns within native communities.Mr. Harvey is excited to be the voice for all within his region and throughout Native America. He is serving as a role model for the UNITY organization, which he aspires to continue to work toward a bigger goal of empowering and creating leaders of tomorrow. His biggest aspiration for his term is to create a foundation to continue youth success within the Western Region.
The 2020-21 Officers are:
Male  Co-President – Robert Scottie Miller (Swinomish, WA)
Female Co-President – Kiera Toya (Pueblo of Jemez, NM)

 

Regional Representatives:
Great Plains – Elijah Landin (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation, ND)
Midwest – Mary Bush (Match-e-be-nash-she-wish-Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan)
Northeast – William Mosley, Vice President (Naticoke, Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, NJ)
Northwest – Izaiah Fisher, Secretary (Confderated Tribes of Siletz Indians)
Pacific – Katylynn Johnston (Bishop Paiute Tribe, CA)
Rocky Mountain – ArriAnna Henry-Matt (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, MT)
Southeast – Kaiden McGhee (Poarch Band of Creek Indians, AL)
Southern Plains – Colby WhiteThunder (Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, TX)
Southwest – Chenoa Scippo (Santa Clara Pueblo/Navajo, NM)
Western – Audriana Mitchell (Southern Cheyenne/Navajo, AZ)

UNITY is pleased to announce the appointment of five members of the National UNITY Council’s (NUC) Executive Committee.
“We sincerely congratulate the youth leaders who have been appointed and we look forward to working with everyone to further UNITY’s mission,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s Executive Director. “All of the Executive Committee members’ hard work paid off during the last term and we hope to continue that success in serving the youth during the next few months,” said Kiera Toya, NUC Female Co-President. Per the NUC constitution and bylaws, the vacancies were filled at a special meeting on May 2, 2021 by the current members of the NUC Executive Committee.

Midwest Regional Representative
Mary Bush, Match-e-be-nash-she-wish-Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan
Grand Rapids Community College

Pacific Regional Representative
Kaytlynn Johnston, Bishop Paiute Tribe of California
Bishop Union High School

Rocky Mountain Regional Representative
ArriAnna Henry, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Montana
Salish & Kootenai College

Southwestern Regional Representative
Chenoa Scippo, Santa Clara Pueblo/Navajo, New Mexico
University of New Mexico

 

Western Regional Representative
Audriana Mitchell, Southern Cheyenne/Navajo, Arizona
Mesa Community College

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