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National UNITY Council Executive Committee Spotlight: Keturah Peters - Northeast Rep

Keturah PetersKeturah Nadine Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag) is a proud member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from Mashpee, Massachusetts and is currently the Northeast Representative. As an active member of her tribe, Keturah served as Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess 2012, member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council for several years and Counselor of Wampanoag Language Summer Camp. She has also had the honor of serving as one of UNITY’s first 25 under 25. As a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, Keturah is studying nursing and will be graduating in 2018 with her BSN. She plans on one day returning to her community and working in their Indian Health Center as a Nurse Practitioner. At Upenn Keturah is very active within her Natives at Penn and also has had the opportunity to be elected onto the Ivy Native Council as secretary for this upcoming school year. She hopes to strengthen many aspects of the Northeast region this year and looks forward to working with the many people in her region to do so.

Meet Xavier Medina, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Xavier MedinaXavier Medina, 16 
Pascua Yaqui
Tucson, Arizona

What I've done in the past to become a better steward of the environment is I have participated in community clean-ups and cemetery clean-ups. In the future i want to change policies for smoke free parks. An estimated 4.5 trillion of the annual 6 trillion cigarettes sold worldwide do not end up in a dust bin or ashtray, but are simply flicked away along roadside or on pavement. The ban on indoor smoking may have exacerbated this. (Source: Current Environmental Heath Reports) Also I’d like to raise awareness about the Rio Yaqui water rights issue.

National UNITY Council Executive Committee Spotlight: Shoshanna Miller - Rocky Mountain Rep

Shoshanna Miller

Shoshanna “Shanna” Miller (Northern Arapaho) is 20 years old, born in Everett, Washington, and then raised in Ethete, Wyoming. She is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapahoe Tribe on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Ethete, Wyoming. She has graduated from Wyoming Indian High School class of 2013 as Student of the year, located on the Wind River Reservation. She attends college at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming, where she has studied Communication Studies and Photography. She hopes to soon attend college at University of Washington or University of Wyoming to earn her bachelor’s degree in Communications and earn her master’s in Arts. She is currently working at the White Buffalo Recovery Center in Youth Prevention; she goes to the schools in her community and does presentations to the students on issues that go on in their community. She loves to work with the youth; she has been a part of the Wind River UNITY Youth Council for 9 years. She enjoys the idea of helping the youth to live positive lives and to make the right choices in their lives. She is currently a member of the of National UNITY Council Executive Committee as the Rocky Mountain Regional Representative. She is excited for what is to come for the 2015–2016 NUC Executive Committee.

Meet Jessica McCool, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Jessica McCoolJessica McCool, 17
Santa Ybez Band of Chumash Indians
Solvang, California

My name is Jessica McCool. I am 18 years old and will be attending Chapman University where I will study Sociology. I am part of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California and work as an Environmental Intern for the Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office. I am a White House Tribal Youth Ambassador, a Center for Native American Youth Ambassador, and am currently a member of the White House Tribal Youth Gathering Youth Steering Committee. 

Arizona State University Tribal Nations Tour

The following story was written by Jared Massey, former Co-President of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and current UNITY Program Support Assistant.

ASU TNT 1One week, ten students, two advisors, one huge charter bus, and the road less traveled.

Native American students and staff of Arizona State University traveled to the Hopi, Navajo, and Yavapai-Apache Nations of Arizona, in a weeklong tour that brings the university to the reservation.  Arizona State University is currently the only university in the Nation to provide this type of outreach.

This is the sixth year that the Office of American Indian Initiatives has held its “Tribal Nations Tour.” The tour is designed to reach communities that have a high population of Native American students, to interact with tribal members, encourage higher education and wellness, and conduct community service projects.

One cannot fully comprehend the importance of education, for education is a tool that’ll bring prosperity to our people. The teachings I’ve learn through the Tribal Nations Tour have given me the encouragement to continue my education, with every school visited came a new perspective and motivation.

Read more: Arizona State University Tribal Nations Tour