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2016 UNITY 25 Under 25 Applications and National Conference Registration Opens December 1

UNITY 25 Under 25

UNITYY will begin accepting applications on December 1 for the 2nd class of its national youth leadership recognition program, the "25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards". 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.

Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony during the UNITY National Conference taking place July 22-26, 2016 in Oklahoma City. In addition to being recognized, each awardee will receive special training by UNITY over the period of one year that is designed to build on their individual achievements.

The online application form is available HERE.

Read more: 2016 UNITY 25 Under 25 Applications and National Conference Registration Opens December 1

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...

View a related video news segment and read the rest of the story HERE.

Meet Erica Woody, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Erica WoodyErica Woody, 19 
Navajo
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.

UNITY YOUTH LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN WHITE HOUSE TRIBAL NATIONS CONFERENCE

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.

Read more: UNITY YOUTH LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN WHITE HOUSE TRIBAL NATIONS CONFERENCE

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