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The Numbers Are In: National UNITY Conference Breaks Attendance Record

1,800 attendees represented more than 200 tribes and Indigenous communities; traveled from 40 states, New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada

Youth Gather at the UNITY FireJuly 27, 2015 – Mesa, AZ – The nation’s oldest and largest Native American and Alaska Native youth organization, the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY), held its 39th annual national conference July 10-14, 2015 in Washington DC with a record breaking turnout, the largest participation in its conference history. More than 1,800 attendees converged at the nation's Capital representing over 200 tribes and Indigenous communities; traveling from more than 40 states and internationally from New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada. Participants at the annual youth and leadership-focused conference were immersed into a five-day agenda that included: internationally renowned speakers and trainers; physical fitness activities led by Nike N7; and youth-led discussions and initiatives.

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Native Americans preach UNITY in DC

The following story appeared in The Durango Herald on July 12, 2015. Visit the Herald's website HERE to read the rest of the story.


The Durango Herald StoryWASHINGTON: More than 1,500 Native American youths from 275 tribes and 48 states across the country converged last week at the Renaissance hotel in Washington for the 2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference, which will continue through Tuesday.

Against a somber backdrop of rising rates of Native American youth suicides, first lady Michelle Obama hosted the White House event and delivered the keynote address. For many, the highlight of the trip had already come and gone with her speech.

“Whether it’s raising a beautiful family or taking on leadership in your community, we need you,” Obama said, her voice cracking slightly as she told the gathering they all have a destiny and a role to play.

View Pictures from the White House Youth Gathering

View pictures from the White House Youth Gathering HERE.

To views as a slide show, click on the play button below the first picture displayed.

2015 Final Conference Agenda Now Available

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

Information for Those Attending UNITY's Washington, DC Events

ARE YOU HEADED TO WASHINGTON, DC? CHECK HERE FIRST! Please review the following information if you are attending the White House Tribal Youth Gathering or the National UNITY Conference! I hope this is helpful as you plan your stay in Washington, DC.

Hotel Information:

Host Hotel and Site of White House Tribal Youth Gathering (WHTYG) and National UNITY Conference
999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasrb-renaissance-washington-dc-downtown-hotel/
202 898 9000

Washington Plaza 202 842 1300 Address: 10 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC 20005
http://www.washingtonplazahotel.com/specials-and-packages/?src=mecomm_digitalmedia_businessbasic
6/10ths of a mile from the Renaissance

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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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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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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!

WHAT:
A Q&A conference call regarding the National UNITY Conference

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

WHERE:
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.

Attachments:
Download this file (Conference Logo.pdf)2015 National UNITY Conference Logo[ ]381 kB

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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