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Western Region

UNITY Regional Profile

The Western Region consists of geographical areas and the states of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The Western region has 65 affiliated youth councils in 3 states within the UNITY Network.

The Western Region is a significant region within the UNITY Organization, as it is the current UNITY Headquarters office located in Mesa, AZ. The western part of this region trails through the desert of Arizona to the vast semiarid grasslands of Nevada, ending with the Rocky Mountains of Utah. Within these states, there are approximately fifty federally recognized Tribes and thirty-plus Youth councils. Each is unique and different through culture, language, and government.

2022 SPRING Western VIRTUAL MEET-UP
2021 Fall Western Virtual Meet-Up

UNITY News: Western Updates

Rory and Marcus at RES
17 Jun: UNITY AT RES

Hundreds of people stopped by UNITY’s booth at the Reservation Economic Summit also known as RES. The four-day event, focusing…

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11 Mar: Indigenous Wellness Camp

SAVE THE DATE! We’re excited to announce the return of our annual Indigenous Wellness Camp. Dates have been set for…

Western Regional Representative: Jaylen Harvey

Jalen Harvey – UNITY Western Area Representative/Secretary

Tribes: Acoma Pueblo/Hopi/Navajo

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Jalen Harvey is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, a descendant of the Pueblo of Acoma, and affiliates herself with the Hopi tribe. Jalen is a recent graduate from Sunnyslope High School, where she graduated with an Advanced Diploma. She is a Freshman at the University of Arizona, where she plans to major in Business Management and work on a double minor in American Indian studies and Leadership. Jalen is the Secretary and Western Area Representative to the National UNITY Council (United National Indian Tribal Youth) Executive Committee. Along with holding her responsibilities with UNITY, she has also been an active member for the past four consecutive years with the F.I.N.A.L (Future Inspired Native American Leaders) Youth Council at the Phoenix Indian Center, where she held the positions of Community Ser-vice Co-Chairperson, Executive Vice-President, and the Executive President. Currently, Jalen is also a Student Board of Director member for the In His Spirit Non-profit organization. She is a strong advocate who is passionate about addressing Cultural Preservation and finding more opportunities for Indigenous Youth within her region. She strongly encourages and supports Youth involvement within their Tribal communities and local governments. Jalen has found a balance between modern city life and the reservation and continues to practice her traditional ceremonies, as well as continue to be a positive role model to her family and peers.

WESTERN REGION

Jalen Harvey, Western Regional Representative

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National UNITY Council Executive Committee

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Western Region Youth Councils
1. Young River People’s Council, Salt River, Arizona
2. Lutu’uria Youth Council, Navajo Nation, Arizona
3. Dzilyijiin Youth Council, Arizona
4. PYT Leaders of Tomorrow, Arizona
5. Akimel Oodham/Pee Posh Youth Council, Gila River, Arizona
6. Fort Yuma Youth Council, Arizona
7. Hikiwan District Youth Council, Tohono O’odham, Arizona
8. Morningstar Leaders Youth Council, Arizona
9. Office of Dine YOUTH, Navajo Nation, Arizona
10. Mesa STRENGTH Youth Council, Mesa Public Schools, Arizona
11. White Mountain Apache Tribal Youth Council, Arizona
12. Hopi High School Youth Council, Arizona
13. Tribal Images Youth Council, Tucson Public Schools, Arizona
14. Mountain View High School Native American Club, Arizona
15. BaHManya Magiyoda Youth Council, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona
16. Native Insights Youth Council, Navajo Nation, Arizona
17. Colorado River Indian Tribes Youth Council, Arizona
18. Ak-Chin Youth Council, Arizona
19. Dookoliid Youth Council, Arizona
20. Yavapai Apache Youth Council, Arizona
21. Chukut Kuk District Youth Group, Tohono O’odham, Arizona
22. Fort Mohave Youth Council, Arizona
23. Cesar Chavez High School Native American Youth Council, Arizona
24. Navajo Nation Youth Advisory Council, Arizona
25. Language and Culture- Yaqui Youth Group, Arizona
26. Sif-Oidak District Youth Council, Tohono O’odham, Arizona
27. Arizona Facts of Life, Arizona
28. Trevor Browne Native Youth Council, Arizona
29. Tucson Native Youth Council, Arizona
30. San Carlos Apache Youth Council, Arizona
31. Page High School UNITY, Arizona
32. Dine College Youth Council, Arizona
33. Future Inspired Native American Leaders Youth Council, Arizona
34. Youth MOVE, Pascua Yaqui, Arizona
35. Tohono Oodham Nation Youth Council, Arizona
36. Reach UR Life Youth Council, Arizona
37. Phoenix Union High School District Youth Council, Phoenix, Arizona
38. Winslow Residential Hall Youth Council, Arizona
39. Azee Bee Nahagha of Dine Nation, Arizona
40. Baboquivari District Youth Council, Arizona
41. Camelback High School Native Youth Council, Phoenix, Arizona
42. GuVo District Youth Council, Tohono O’odham, Arizona
43. North High School Native Youth Council, Phoenix, Arizona
44. San Lucy District Youth Council, Tohono O’odham, Arizona
45. Schuk Toak Youth Alliance, Tohono O’odham, Arizona
46. Tse dil Doil Youth Council, Navajo Nation, Arizona
47. Wa:k Youth Council, Tohono O’odham, Arizona
48. Yoeme UNITY Youth Council, Pascua Yaqui, Arizona
49. Pascua Yaqui Education Youth Council, Arizona
50. Pascua Yaqui Boys and Girls Club, Arizona
51. District 17 Youth Council, Navajo Nation, Arizona
52. Red Mountain UNITY Council, Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Nevada
54. UNITY of Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada
55. Pyramid Lake High School UNITY Youth Council, Nevada
56. Shoshone-Paiute Tribe Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Nevada
57. Yerington Paiute Tribe, Nevada
58. UNITY Aneth/Montezuma Creek, Utah
59. Albert R Lyman Middle School Youth Council, Utah
60. Alpine School District, Utah
61. Monument Valley High School, Utah
62. Navajo Mountain High School, Utah
63. Navajo Mountain Junior High School, Utah
64. San Juan High School Youth Council, Utah
65. White Horse High School Youth Council, Utah

Jovi Williams, 18

Tribe: White Mountain Apache Tribe, Arizona

Jovi Williams, 18 years old, lives in the beautiful community of Dishchii’bikoh, located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Northeastern Arizona. He is a proud member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and also has lineage within the San Carlos Apache Tribe. In July 2022, he received the 25 Under 25 Leadership Award at the National UNITY Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As of February 2023, Jovi was bestowed the honor of becoming a Champions for Change directed under the Center for Native American Youth in Washington D.C.. He currently serves as a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribal Youth Council as the Public Relations Officer, while also being a member of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). Jovi’s platform as an incoming Earth Ambassador is ¨Advocating for tribal rights and sovereignty in water sustainability, in order to further grow and develop our generation’s long lasting fight for a healthy planet and lifestyle”. He plans to attend Arizona State University in the Fall of 2023 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in American Indian Studies.


Evelyn Enos, 18

Tribe: Akimel O’odham/ Tohono O’odham, Gila River Indian Community, Arizona

Evelyn is a senior at Desert Vista High School. She serves as the Female Student Representative for the Tempe Union School District Superintendent Student Advisory Council and an associate member of Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council. She has participated in the Desert Vista High School marching band, jazz band, steel drum band, Girls basketball and wrestling teams, and track and field. She plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall of 2023 to pursue a bachelors degree in biological sciences including neurobiology, physiology, and behavior. 

Her goal is to work towards understanding different aspects of the natural world at a deeper level in hopes to apply it to future studies involving climate change, conservation, and biodiversity. 


Sumaya Quitugua, 18

Tribe: Acoma Pueblo – Chamorro of Guam, Arizona

Sumaya has graduated from Perry High School and will continue her education at Fort Lewis College in the fall. She’ll be majoring in environmental science and double minor in anthropology and psychology. Ms. Quitugua serves as Vice President of the Phoenix Indian Center, Future Inspired Native American Leaders (FINAL) Youth Council for the 2022-2023 Year.


Sareya Taylor, 21

Tribes: White Mountain Apache/Navajo, Arizona

Sareya Taylor is an Apache and Dine’ writer, poet, enrolled in the White Mountain Apache Tribe. She served as the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the City of Phoenix, an UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree and has been named an Indigenous Change Maker in Teen Vogue. Her poetry has been published in Thin Air Magazine and included in an online exhibition titled  “BLACKLIST ME” by LA Chapter House. Sareya is the current 2023-2024 Miss Indian American Indian Higher  Education Consortium representing U.S. tribal colleges and attends the Institute of American   Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is studying to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing.

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.”