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2014 National UNITY Conference Announced

The 2014 National UNITY Conference will take place in Portland, Oregon from June 28 - July 3.


A special Pre-Early Bird registration rate of $175 is available now through April 14, so don't delay. After April 14 the registration fee will increase.

Those planning to attend the conference may call the hotels for room reservations or book rooms online.

Hilton Portland and Executive TowerThe Hilton Portland and Executive Tower will be the Headquarters Hotel. To book rooms by telephone call (503) 226-1611 and refer to Group Code ITY to receive the special conference room rate. Rooms may be reserved online on the UNITY Conference Page that is available on the Hilton web site.

The Hilton is offering a special daily room rate of $139 for single, double, triple and quad occupancy. This rate does not include applicable taxes and fees.

The Hilton Portland and Executive Tower is located at 921 SW 6th Avenue in Portland, OR. Visit the hotel's web page to learn more about its services and amenities.

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Nominations Sought for Youth Council Advisor of the Year

Nominations Invited for the JR Cook Youth Council Advisor of the Year

Effective and successful youth councils consistently have one key ingredient in common; an advisor who is involved, provides wise counsel and guidance, and is willing to work closely with youth council members as they make and carry out their decisions.

UNITY values the dedication of these many individuals who provide adult leadership and nurture and support the development of Native youth. In appreciation, UNITY will honor one such advisor this year during the 2014 National UNITY Conference in Portland, Oregon with the presentation of the inaugural JR Cook Youth Council Advisor of the Year Award.

The honoree will be recognized during the UNITY Celebration Banquet on Tuesday July 1, 2014.  The honoree must be present to receive the award.

Learn about the eligibility requirement, nomination process, due date and related information by viewing the attached data sheet. Please pass this information on to those who may know a deserving candidate for advisor of the year.

2014 National UNITY Conference Draft Agenda Available

A draft agenda for the 2014 National UNITY Conference is now available on this web site. This is a preliminary schedule that will be updated as events and activities are finalized. Please check back from time to time leading up the the conference for the latest.

Sample Tribal Council Support Resolution

Youth Councils that are raising funds to attend the 2014 National UNITY Conference may be considering asking their tribal councils for support. Often such a request requires a resolution to be submitted to the council for its consideration. If this is the case, the attached sample resolution may provide guidance that will assist in the document's preparation. This is an example only and will need to be revised to meet a particular youth council's needs.

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Exhibitor Opportunities at UNITY Conference

Those interested in exhibiting during the 2014 National UNITY Conference are invited to complete the appropriate attachment and send to the contact listed on the form.

Exhibitors such as corporations, governmental agencies, American Indian business and tribal enterprises, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and American Indian arts and crafts vendors may use the attached "2014 Exhibitor Registration Form." The fee schedule for these exhibitors is listed on the form.

Those interested in exhibiting during the Career Day activities of June 30 may use the attached "2014 Career Day Exhibitor Form."

Call the contacts listed on the two forms for answers to specific questions concerning these opportunities.

Career and Education Day Workshop Proposals Being Accepted

Invitation to Propose A Workshop for Career and Education Day

Career and Education Day activities will take place at the Oregon Convention Center during the afternoon of June 30, 2014. UNITY is inviting proposals for workshops to be conducted in conjunction with the Day's activities. Those interested are encouraged to complete the attached form, provide the additional requested information and submit the completed proposal by the April 30, 2014 deadline.

Topics for workshops - one hour sessions - may include, but are not limited to the following:

Interview Skills Resume Writing Career Exploration
Personal Financial Planning College Financial Planning Scholarship Search
  ACT and College Test Preparation  
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Workshop Application Forms Now Available

Call for Workshop Presentations

The National UNITY Conference is one of the nation's largest gatherings of Native Youth. We invite you or an organizational representative to submit a workshop proposal for our 2014 National UNITY Conference. These workshops, which will take place at the Oregon Convention Center, are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, July 1, 2014.

Topics: Workshop presentations for youth and their adult advisors are welcomed. Please note that UNITY Youth Council and youth-led workshop presenters will be given preference. Topics for workshops - one hour sessions - may include, but are not limited to the following as voted on by UNITY youth.

Culture College Readiness Public Speaking
Self Empowerment Healthy Relationships Native Entrepreneurship
Business/Law Filming Self Defense for Women
Environmental Issues Alcohol/Substance Abuse Community Service
Fundraising Anti Bullying Diversity
Conducting Successful Youth Council Meetings and Projects

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal application is April 30, 2014. An application form is attached.

Golda Cook Scholarship to Be Awarded at UNITY Conference

In honor of the life of Golda Cook and her ongoing support of United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. - especially in the organization’s lean, early years - Golda’s friends, family, and UNITY trustees have made contributions to establish the Golda Cook Memorial Fund.

Plans are to identify two individuals (one young woman and one young man) during the 2014 National UNITY Conference to be recipients of the $1,000 Golda Cook Memorial Scholarships.

Those interested in applying may download the attached application form that includes more information about the criteria for the scholarships.

Graphics Art Contest for Native Students

In preparation for the 2014 National UNITY Conference in Portland, Oregon this June 28 - July 3rd, UNITY announces a special graphic arts contest for the design of the conference logo. American Indian and Alaska Native youth (ages 12 - 24) are invited to submit entries using the conference theme: “Healing and Empowering Aspiring Leaders with Tradition and Heritage.” The winning submission will be awarded $250 and will have his/her logo printed on conference materials and will also receive acknowledgment on the UNITY website and in the conference program.

A contest flyer is attached for reference and distribution to others who may have an interest in entering.

Specs for the logo contest are:

12" x 12" size
4 color maximum
300 dpi minimum
.pdf, .ai, .tiff, or .eps formats preferred

Logo submissions may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Entry deadline is May 15th.

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2014 National UNITY Conference Flyer Now Available

The 2014 National UNITY Conference Flyer is now available for viewing/downloading.

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