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White Mountain Apache Youth Council Inaugurate Newly Elected Officers

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.

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UNITY Youth Selected as Parade Grand Marshals

Grand Marshal Flyer

UNITY, Inc. is excited to share that UNITY youth will serve as the official Parade Grand Marshal at the 32nd Annual Native American Connections Parade on October 11, 2014 in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. 

The parade is part of the Native American Recognition Days, a series of events and activities between the months of September and November, celebrating Native American culture, traditions, community and achievements.

To download the official parade flyer with parade route and details, click on image above. To learn more about Native American Recognition Days, click here.


UNITY Youth Featured on Parade Billboard

Youth of the Jemez UNITY Youth Council are pictured on a billboard promoting the parade. Click on the picture to the left to view a larger version.

Coeur d'Alene Conducts Youth Conference

Coeur d'Alene Youth ConferenceCOEUR D’ALENE- UNITY Week was held on the Coeur d'Alene reservation in Worley, Idaho from August 12-15, 2014 with an attendance of roughly 120 youth throughout the week.  The youth conference drew in students from Owyhee, Nevada join us as well as UNITY family from Nooksack, Kalispell, Spokane, Montana and Nez Perce tribes. The conference featured a day devoted to Spiritual, Physical, Mental, and Social aspects of UNITY's medicine wheel.

In conjunction with the conference there was an evening dance as well as a boat cruise on lake Coeur d'Alene. The conference featured a huge lineup of keynote speakers this year including UNITY's current Female Co-President Sarah Scott, Jude, CeCe and Rick Schimmel, and the current Miss Indian World Taylor Thomas.

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UNITY Youth Participate in the Navajo Nation Fair

Youth at Navajo FairWindow Rock, Arizona—UNITY youth were invited recently to participate in the largest gathering of Native Americans in North America, the Navajo Nation Fair.  During the first week of September, UNITY youth joined thousands of people who flocked to the 68th Annual Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Arizona. Visitors to the annual celebration enjoyed weeklong events such as a baby contest, Miss Navajo Nation contest, pow-wow, rodeo, and a traditional Navajo Song and Dance.

A highlight of the fair is the Ashkii Happy Kids Day, held on Thursday September 4th at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds.  Navajo Youth from all over the Navajo Reservation joined in activities and visited the many information booths available in Nakai Hall. Students involved with United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, spent the day handing out information about UNITY youth programs including Kelly Charley, Navajo, a recipient of the 25 Under 25 Leadership Award.

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Jude Schimmel Speaks to Worley Youth Group

The following story was posted on the Coeur d' Alene Press website on August 18, 2014.


WORLEY (Idaho) - The easier the questions were, the longer it took to answer.

But Louisville senior Jude Schimmel told her story and allowed for Q&A after speaking to a crowd of more than 200 at the United National Indian Tribal Youth conference here Thursday.

"Will you eat lunch with me?" one child asked.

"Will you sign my shirt?" another followed.

While the 20-year-old Native American icon was too busy for the lunch, she did sign dozens of items.

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