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Meet Kristine Baker, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Kristine Baker

Kristine Baker, 16
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Belcourt, North Dakota

We are all familiar with the environment. It is all around us. It is everything which surrounds us naturally and affects our daily lives on the earth. Everything comes under an environment, the air which we breathe every moment, the water which we use for our daily routine, plants, animals and other living things. Any type of disturbance in the nature’s balance affects the environment totally which ruins the human lives. Our environment is getting affected to a great extent by the means of air pollution, noise pollution, water pollution, soil pollution. We all must take an oath together to protect our natural environment to keep it safe.

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UNITY Executive Council Spotlight: Teressa Baldwin - Northwest Rep

Teressa Baldwin

Teressa Unaliin Baldwin (Inupiaq) was born and raised in Kotzebue, Alaska, a small native village above the Arctic Circle. She is entering her senior year at the University of California, San Diego where she is studying sociology with an emphasis on medicine and science and a minor in education studies. As a high school student, Teressa created a campaign to address the high suicide rate in Alaska. Since then, she has presented to more than forty high schools and numerous conferences about the importance of mental health.

In 2011, Teressa was selected as one of President Obama’s Champions for Change initiative. She has also furthered her leadership skills through UNITY’s 25 Under 25 program, Gen-I Youth Ambassadors and has also started a youth council in her community. Teressa is currently interning at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Environmental Information. After she obtains her undergraduate degree, Teressa would like to continue her education by focusing on Indigenous health and social services. She also has a goal of pursuing a career in public policy.

My Summer Internship at the UNITY Headquarters

NataaniiFor the second year I have served as an intern at the UNITY headquarters in Mesa, AZ. The experience has been adventurous, eye opening, and rewarding as I have been blessed with the opportunity to give back to the organization that provided so much for my community and me.

My first involvement with UNITY dates back 6 years ago with the Kirtland Central Diné Youth Council where I earned my way to attend the 2009 National UNITY Conference in Albuquerque, NM. My first national conference with UNITY changed the trajectory of my life as I realized my own potential to make an impact on the world around me. I encountered so many inspirational people that I still admire and call upon as mentors for help and support. Since then I have been empowered to take ownership of my life and take charge of my community as a change agent to help others.

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Meet the 2015 - 2016 Executive Committee

The following individuals were elected during the 2015 National UNITY Conference in Washington, DC to serve on the 2015 - 2016 National UNITY Council Executive Committee.

Sassamin Weeden Female Co-President | Sassamin Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag) 21, belongs to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Mashpee, Massachusetts. She was born and raised in Mashpee and graduated with the class of 2012 at Mashpee High School and is now currently working in retail and also administration of a Cardiologist specialists. Sassamin is the former 2014 Powwow Princess of her tribe. She has been fully involved with United National Indian Tribal Youth organization (UNITY) for four years. At the National conference in Portland, Oregon she was re-elected to serve another year as representative and also elected Vice President of the Executive Committee. Aside from UNITY Sassamin has been involved with her Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Youth Council since it was founded in 2009. The past 2 years have given her the privilege of being Chairwoman of the youth council. The laughter and shared memories she is surrounded by from the youth are what make her so passionate about what she does and who she does it for.

Brian WeedenMale Co-President | Brian Weeden  (Mashpee Wampanoag), also known as Moskwetah “Bear Heart” is a proud members of The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe located in Mashpee Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Cod. Brian is currently a language teacher for the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project (WLRP) and teaches the Wampanoag Language. Outside of work Brian is a devoted tribal member who believes in giving back to the community. He serves on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes Enrollment Committee, Youth Advisory Committee and holds the current title of Chairman to the 2014 Pow Wow Committee. Back in 2009 Brian formed the Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council and served as Chairman from 2009 until aging off of the council in 2012. However in 2012 Brian had the privilege of being elected Northeast Area Representative for the United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. Executive Committee also known as UNITY EC. The following year he ran for Male Co President and did not succeed. However he did not give up and the following year he ran and became victorious.” I encourage everyone to chase his or her dreams. Don’t ever give up!” Over the next year as the newly elected Male Co President Brian plans on restoring the voice of the NUC (National UNITY Council) while amending the constitution and bylaws. If you have any questions or would like to contact Brian he can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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UNITY Executive Council Spotlight: Sophie Tiger - Southern Plains Rep

In July of 2015 at the National UNITY Conference in Washington, DC, the 2015-2016 Executive Council leadership was elected, representing UNITY's 10 distinct regions.

Sophie Tiger - Southern Plains RepresentativeSophie Tiger is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and also from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She is the 2015-2016 Southern Plains Representative, and also serves as a White House Tribal Youth Ambassador, honorary UNITY Earth Ambassador, Gen-I Youth Ambassador, and Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) Youth Ambassador.

Sophie has been actively involved with Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative since its launch by President Obama at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December of 2014. She uses her experience in leadership roles to devote her time to contribute to the change within her own community, as she was apart of the development of a drug free youth empowerment initiative that is supported by the Native community in Comanche Country.

As a 2015 Gates Millennium Scholar, she is now a freshman at Arizona State University in hopes of obtaining her degree in Public Policy and Public Service specializing in Native American Affairs with a minor in communication. Sophie always looks forward to networking with youth from across the country in hopes of making a change within Indian Country.