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Jared Massey talks about hoop dancing and U.N.I.T.Y.

The following story about Jared Massey may be read in its entirety on the 12News website. Jared is a UNITY staff member and former Co-President of the National UNITY Council.

Jared Massey"It's a sign of everlasting life," said Jared Massey, a college senior and representative of U.N.I.T.Y.(United National Indian Tribe Youth, Inc.). "There's no end; no beginning. It's just a circle."

Hoop dancing is an art that has become a competition. The sport among Native American tribes shows off beauty, athleticism, precision and finesse...

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Meet Erica Woody, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Erica WoodyErica Woody, 19 
Kirtland, New Mexico

While attending Navajo Preparatory School, I was more exposed to my culture and how it related to the world. I was fortunate enough to attend the Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vershire, Vermont for my junior year of high school. It was at Mountain School that my interest in farming was piqued. Here I learned how to recycle and live a lifestyle that would not damage Mother Earth. In order for Native Youth to become more effective stewards of the environment, they must be familiar with their culture and history. To fix the future, one must first understand the past. Youth have to be knowledgeable in the manner in which our ancestors lived and the doctrine they followed in order to preserve not only the earth, but also our culture for many generations to come. By respecting nature and understanding how precious our earth is, Native youth will become better stewards of the environment.


Youth at White House GatheringUNITY youth leaders, including National UNITY Council Co-Presidents Sassamin Weeden and Brian Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag), and National UNITY Council Vice President/Great Plains Representative Alex Greybull (Ft. Peck Dakota), participated in President Obama's 7th annual gathering of Tribal leadership from across the nation, held November 5, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheater in Washington, DC. 

"This past week I was given the distinct opportunity to attend, alongside Tribal leaders and fellow youth, the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Obama Administration," said Sassamin Weeden. "Knowing we have support from such important people like President Obama and the Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, I left with a  great feeling because of the passion they expressed with regards to Indian country, but mainly for concern and efforts to support our Native youth. They are so well invested in the future of our people that they recognize it starts today, with us, the next seven generations," added Weeden.


UNITY 25 Under 25 Nominations to Open December 1

UNITY has announced that nominations for the 2nd class of its national youth leadership recognition program, the "25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards", will open on December 1, 2015. The awards program is designed to celebrate the achievements of Native American and Alaskan Native youth ages 14 to 24 who embody UNITY’s core mission and exude living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.

Read more: UNITY 25 Under 25 Nominations to Open December 1

Meet Tomas WhiteAntelope, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Tomas WhiteAntelopeTomas WhiteAntelope, 24 
Northern Arapaho / Lummi
Richmond, California

My great grandfather Sam Cagey was given the name, “No-Tun” which means “Keeper of the River”. He fought for our water rights in the Pacific Northwest in the 1960’s by addressing the issue to Congress and heavy lobbying in Washington DC. He is remembered as the man who saved our water rights for the Native People throughout the Pacific Northwest. I was given his name after he passed. Although he is gone his spirit remains intact and I have been encouraged by my people to follow his footsteps and continue to fight for our water rights. With water, comes respecting the land and understanding that whatever we put in the water, comes back to the people.