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UNITY’s Two Midyear Round Dances are Open to the Public

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Join us on Friday, February 24th 2023 for our UNITY O’odham Cu:dk! We’re excited to offer two styles of traditional gatherings at this year’s UNITY Midyear Conference in Tempe, Arizona!
Friday, Feb 24th: UNITY O’odham Cu:dk Social dancing

Fiesta Ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tempe

  • Lead Singers: Joe Davis (GRIC), Samuel Lopez (TON), Hunter Nish (GRIC), Caleb Dash (SRPMIC)
    ● Blessing – Vivian Juan-Saunders, Former Chairwoman/Legislative Council Member,
    Tohono O’odham Nation/UNITY Alumnus
    ● Land Acknowledgement Statement – Sistine Lewis, Miss Indian Arizona (Invited)
    ● Gila River Indian Community
    ● Special Performance: Flower Dance by Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth
  •  Special Performance: Swing Dance by Betty Fairfax H.S. and Cesar Chavez H.S.
    Youth Councils
    ● Ak-Chin Indian Community
    ● Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
    ● Special Performance: Basket Dance by Young River Peoples Council
    ● Tohono O’odham Nation
    ● Social Dancing
    ● O’odham Giveaway – Four Sister Tribes/Tribal Royalty
  • Confirmed Tribal Royalty
    ● Miss Indian Arizona (SRPMIC)
    ● Miss Gila River and Junior Miss Gila River
    ● Miss Salt River and Junior Salt River
    ● Miss Tohono O’odham Nation
    ● Miss Indian Betty Fairfax H.S. (GRIC)
    ● Miss Indian Phoenix Union High School District (GRIC)
Saturday, Feb 25th: UNITY Round Dance Intertribal Powwow dancing
Limited Seating at Social Dances! Make Sure to Arrive Early – This year UNITY Midyear Conference will have TWO social dances: the O’odham Cu:dk (O’odham Social Dancing) on Friday and the Round Dance on Saturday. Please note that seating will be limited to the first 200 people who arrive to allow more room for dancers. Come to join in the dancing and enjoy Emmerson Fry Bread Food Truck! Seating will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Because this event is sold out and open to the public, there will not be enough chairs to accommodate everyone, so arrive early to secure your seats.