The following story is from a news release provided by the White Mountain Apache Tribe Education Department.
Whiteriver, AZ – The White Mountain Apache Youth Council held its annual inauguration of newly elected officers on August 14 at Hon-Dah Resort & Casino.
The inauguration event included the swearing in of eleven (11) new officers including Co-Presidents Mitchell Garcia and Desyre Fall, Vice President DeAndra Antonio, Secretary/Treasurer Tyna Altaha, District I Reps Samuel Lupe and Sheldon Zospah, District III Reps Kyrene Williams and Ivan Walker Jr. and District IV Reps Jerry Alsenay, Kendrick Hill and Thea Tenijieth.
On Friday January 23rd, UNITY youth from 15 youth councils attended the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl Practice Sessions at Scottsdale Community College. Some youth and their advisors traveled for more than four hours to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Pro Bowl features elite players from each of the teams in the National Football League. The practice consisted of two sessions, lasting approximately one hour each. Team Irvin took the field first in their fluorescent orange colored gear and ran offensive and defensive drills. A number of players then took time to sign autographs for fans.
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, AZ - On November 15, UNITY Youth Councils gathered to participate in the 33rd Anniversary of the Orme Dam Victory Days Parade, an annual celebration of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Representing UNITY were Mesa Strength Youth Council, Mountain View Native American Club, AK Chin Youth Council, San Carlos Apache Youth Council, and Yavapai Apache Youth Council.
The Orm Dam was proposed project in the 1970's that would have flooded the Fort McDowell Yavapai reservation and forced the community from what remained of its ancestral homeland.
Individuals from the community spearheaded an opposition movement that rallied the support of fellow tribal members. By referendum in 1976, the community members voted 144 to 57 against selling their land to the federal government for the dam site. Then on November 12, 1981, after consulting with the Fort McDowell Tribal Council and the Governor’s Advisory Committee, Interior Secretary James Watt announced that Orme Dam would not be built. Each year a tribal fair, parade, rodeo and other events are held to commemorate the tribe's victory.
Source: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Website
St. Paul Island, AK - - UNITY welcomes its newest affiliate, the Aleut UNITY Youth Tribal Council, representing the Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island, one of five volcanic islands located in the Bering Sea.
The group joined UNITY last September after the resolution was unanimously passed by the Aleut Community of St. Paul Tribal Government to establish this new youth council. The council will support the youth by providing leadership training, guidance, and experience opportunities to better prepare them for the important roles as the tribe’s future leaders.
The youth council Bylaws outlines its objectives, which are to:
- provide a collective voice and represent the tribal youth in all matters that concern them
- serve as a means of mobilizing and coordinating the actions of youth, other community members and organizations toward positive goals
- promote the development of future tribal leaders
- help solve problems facing tribal youth
- coordinate school and community service projects, and
- provide opportunities for the youth to interact for fun and fellowship.
Phoenix—UNITY welcomes its newest affiliate - the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD)! The group recently held a UNITY Youth Council Training to learn about the organization and receive assistance in starting its youth council. Nearly 40 people attended the training, which was sponsored by the PUHSD Native American Education Program, including students, parents, advisors, and UNITY staff.
The event began with ice-breakers and team-building activities provided by members of the Mesa Strength Youth Council and the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council. Participants enjoyed a spaghetti dinner thanks to the PUHSD NEA Program. Lynnann Yazzie, Project Coordinator of UNITY’s Today’s Native Leaders project, provided guidance for establishing a UNITY youth council. The Morning Star Leaders Youth Council and Mesa Strength Youth Council shared information regarding meetings, activities, and community involvement.