During the recent 2015 UNITY Midyear Conference in Washington, DC, the National UNITY Council passed a resolution in support of President Barack Obama's Native Youth initiative, which he announced during the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. The "Generation Indigenous" initiative is a national effort that will focus on removing barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. The aim is to focus on the: creation of Native Youth Community Projects; creation of a National Tribal Youth Network, launch of the Cabinet Native Youth Listening Tour; and creation and implementation of a White House Tribal Youth Gathering in the Summer of 2015.
The following is from a February 24, 2015 Navajo Nation Council News Release.
DILKON, Ariz. - Navajo Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi'i'ahi/To'Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tse atnaoz't'l'I] met with youth community members in Dilkon on Monday to discuss the development of a local youth council and Girl Scouts program, which was hosted by Dilkon Youth Services.
Delegate Crotty was invited to the meeting by the DYS program and said she was pleased to visit with local youth to express her support of the proposed youth council. She then posed questions to the youth members regarding the initiative and its effort to become affiliated with the United National lndian Tribal Youth.
On February 26, 2015, from 5 to 6 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will host “Youth Action Planning: Develop a Fundraising Plan,” a Webinar presented by UNITY: Today’s Native Leaders.
This webinar will focus on creative fundraising and will challenge participants to think outside the box when fundraising for youth council projects. This is the third Webinar in the “How to Build an Effective Youth Council” series.
Mesa, AZ—American Indian youth and their advisors from tribes across the nation addressed issues such as suicide and climate change at the UNITY Midyear Conference last week in Washington, DC. United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, hosted the annual youth leadership event at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
One powerful session included the passage of a resolution by members of the National UNITY Council to address suicide. The most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention state that American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the highest rate, more than double, of suicides among 10-24 year olds based on race/ethnicity and sex in the United States.
Mesa, AZ – Nearly 1,500 Native American youth from across Indian Country are expected gather in our nation's capital this summer to participate in the annual National UNITY Conference taking place July 10-14, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The five-day agenda will feature several nationally known keynote speakers, more than 30 workshops, a cultural exchange night, talent show, and awards banquet and dance. A Today's Native Leaders' National Summit, co-sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is also planned a day before the conference on July 9.
"We are working with the National UNITY Council to create one of the most memorable and special national conferences to date," said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY, Inc. "Excitement is definitely in the air as we plan this big event. We will be announcing our theme soon and will reveal our guest speakers and presenters over the next few months. I encourage everyone to stay connected for conference updates by visiting our website often and signing up for our UNITY e-Newsletter," added Titla.