UNITY Virtual Conference to lead-off with Congresswomen Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids
The country’s first Native American congresswomen will speak at the first general session, along with Native American actor Tatanka Means.
UNITY will kick off its first-ever virtual national conference on Thursday, June 25, at 2 p.m. PT, with a general session featuring three prestigious guest presenters. United States congresswomen Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas, the country’s first two Native American congresswomen, and award-winning Native American actor, stand-up comedian, and motivational speaker Tatanka Means will share inspirational words for Native youth and families.
UNITY encourages Native youth to be politically informed and active. Having the congresswomen speak, and having other aspects of the Virtual Conference like the Business Plan Competition, Talent and Cultural Showcases, and a Virtual Native Youth Forum with the U.S. House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, will empower Native youth – who are the future leaders of our country, communities, and businesses – to think big and innovate.
Before the launch of the National UNITY Virtual Conference on Thursday, the organization will be also hosting a pre-conference training Wednesday, June 24 at 4 p.m. PT with UNITY trainers, Robert Johnston and Juanita Toledo. The two will speak on ways that Native youth can make the most of the virtual conference. The session will be featured live on UNITY’s Facebook page.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is the presenting sponsor of the conference with additional support provided by Bank of America, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Arizona State University’s Office of American Indian Initiatives and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Common Counsel Foundation, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Whiteskunk Accounting & Consulting, LLC, Comcast NBCUniversal, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, MHA – Three Affiliated Tribes, Phoenix Suns Charities, Chickasaw Nation, National Indian Health Board, Titan, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Sponsors of the Business Plan Competition are The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and American Indigenous Business Leaders.
Registration for the National UNITY Virtual Conference – which will be held on June 25, July 9, and July 23 – is free, and can be completed on UNITY’s conference here.