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This category includes Conference news, informational updates, photos, and registration and other forms necessary to participate in the annual gathering. Check this area for the latest news and information leading up to each year's conference. If you cannot find what you're looking for here, call the UNITY office or use the Contact form to ask specific questions.

2015 Final Conference Agenda Now Available

The 2015 National UNITY Conference final agenda is now available for viewing and downloading.

Audition Call at National UNITY Conference

Audition Call: No Previous Acting Experience Required!

Attention Native Youth:

Do you have any experience doing plays or theater in your school? Have you ever thought of auditioning for a play? During the upcoming UNITY Conference in Washington DC, you will have the opportunity to audition for My Father's Bones, a short play by award winning playwrights Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) and Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma). My Father's Bones recounts the struggle of Jack, Bill and Richard Thorpe to recover the remains of their father — the unmatched Olympian Jim Thorpe — so that he can buried with their relatives in Sac and Fox Nation land. You can read about and watch a reading of the play HERE. You can follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter at #BringJimThorpeHome.

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National UNITY Conference Sold Out

From the UNITY, Inc Events Team:

On-line registration for the 2015 National UNITY Conference is now closed. We are excited to share that the event is at full capacity. We are working through logistics to possibly accommodate more attendees, however there is no guarantee.

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Conference Call: Journey to National UNITY Conference

Happening July 1, 2015...

The third Journey to the National UNITY Conference conference call is coming soon!!

Who should be on the call? Advisors, chaperones, and students who wish to learn more about the purpose of the conference and participant expectations. Highlights from the conference agenda will be shared. This is a time for your questions to be answered about ground transportation, hotel parking, and other important details. Please join us on the call!

A Q&A conference call regarding the National UNITY Conference

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM EST

Call (513) 386-0000, pin 197214#

National UNITY Conference Logo Design Revealed

2015 National Conference LogoFor a second year in a row Chenoa Tso (Navajo), 17,  and a student at Mountain View High School in Mesa, AZ has won the National UNITY Conference logo contest! Chenoa will receive a $250 cash prize for her winning concept. Congratulations Chenoa!

A pdf file containing a larger version of the logo is attached.

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UNITY Teams With Nike N7 to Promote Healthy Lifestyles at National Conference

N7 Activities at 2014 ConferenceMesa, Arizona—UNITY, Inc. is proud to announce its second consecutive year partnering with Nike N7 to support health promotion and disease prevention at its annual National UNITY Conference July 10-14, 2015 in conjunction with the White House Tribal Youth Gathering on July 9.  Nike N7 athletes and UNITY youth leaders will kick off a year-long fitness campaign as a way to celebrate UNITY’s 40th birthday next year. At the national conference, nearly 1,500 youth and their chaperones in Washington, DC will participate in various fitness activities. Last year, in Oregon, conference attendees overwhelmingly cited the Nike N7 Day at the Nike world headquarters as a highlight of the conference.

“N7 is our commitment to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada, with a focus on youth,” said Sam McCracken, General Manager of Nike N7. “Beyond promoting healthy and physically active lifestyle, sport helps build self-confidence and enables youth to be a force for positive change in their community. We believe that through activity, competition and play, Native American and Aboriginal youth can unleash the power of their generation and inspire the next.”

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Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year

Do you know a UNITY alum who should be recognized for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the Native American community? UNITY is accepting nominations for its prestigious Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year award. Please note that the nomination deadline is June 15, 2015.

The purpose of the “Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year Award” is to recognize outstanding achievement by an individual among UNITY alumni. UNITY values the dedication of these individuals who embody the spirit of UNITY by giving back to the Native American community. In appreciation, UNITY will honor one such Alumnus or alumna this year during the 2015 National UNITY Conference in Washington DC with the presentation of the Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year Award. The honoree will be recognized during the UNITY Celebration Banquet on Monday July 13, 2015. The honoree must be present to receive the award.


Sponsors line up to support the National UNITY Conference

BMM Test Labs Check PresentationTribes, foundations, businesses and individuals have made commitments to support the National UNITY Conference to be held July 10-14, 2015 in Washington, DC. More than 1,200 Native American youth from across Indian Country are expected to gather in our nation's capital to participate in the annual conference taking place at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

Significant sponsorship commitments have been received from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Bank of America. Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation, NBC Comcast and the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Other sponsors include the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Apache Gold Casino, BMM Test Labs, National Education Association, Native Air Ambulance, Spokane Tribe of Indians, Suquamish Indian Tribe, Yavapai Apache Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Cow Creek of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Tonto Apache Tribe and Glenn and Jan English.

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Call for Conference Workshop Proposals

Interested in presenting a workshop during the 2015 National UNITY Conference? UNITY is now accepting proposals from now until May 31, 2015. You may submit your proposal HERE on the online conference registration form.

Call for Conference Workshop Proposals

Logo Design Contest is Underway

Attention Native Youth Artists and Designers! Great Opportunity. Details HERE.

Conference Logo Design Contest Graphic