NUC Executive Committee
This category features stories and news items concerning the activities of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee, which is elected each year during the annual National UNITY Conference.
The National UNITY Council (NUC) was established in 1992 to serve as the representative arm of the UNITY Network. It is made up of a young man and young woman from each Affiliated Youth Council, who represent their respective youth councils on the NUC.
Each year during the National UNITY Conference the National UNITY Council elects a twelve member Executive Committee that is responsible for carrying out National UNITY Council business during the period between its annual meetings. In carrying out this responsibility, the Executive Committee provides a strong, representative voice on issues facing Native American youth while advising and supporting the UNITY organization and all it stands for.
The Executive Committee meets regularly to conduct business on behalf of the National UNITY Council and provides the all-important Native youth perspective during the planning process leading up to the annual Midyear Meeting and National UNITY Conference.
Among its many other duties, the Executive Committee reviews and oversees the work of Council committees, drafts resolutions and position statements and represents the National UNITY Council to outside decision makers, partnership organizations, and the general public. Additionally, each of the ten area representative has the individual responsibility for serving as the liaisons to Native youth in their respective regions while the Co-Presidents serve as the chief executives of the National UNITY Council and are voting members on the UNITY Council of Trustees.
The following twelve individuals were elected during the July 2013 National UNITY Conference to serve on the 2013-2014 National UNITY Council Executive Committee.
Dominique Lombardi, Female Co-President
Dominique is an enrolled member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians tribe in Southern California. She is honored to be elected on the National UNITY Council Executive Committee as the Female Co-President. As a former regional representative, Dominique desires to continue her local work of encouraging Native youth to get their education and continue on to higher education. Dominique is a current student at Mount San Jacinto College. She will transfer in the spring of 2014 to the University of Redlands to pursue a Liberal Arts degree for early childhood development, choosing to focus on elementary education. She believes children at the elementary age start to determine their life’s direction and need much discipline and guidance. Dominique aspires to be a teacher that helps children become successful in all they set their mind to. She would like to finish school before returning to her reservation to teach the children of her tribe. Dominique once held the “Daughter of Morongo” royalty title for three years, from 2008-2011. Dominique is excited for the upcoming year and to serve all of the nation’s Native youth. Email: dlombardi.morongo[at]gmail[dot]com.
Nataanii Bahozhonii Hatathlie, Male Co-President
Nataanii, 19, is a Navajo originally from Arizona, raised in New Mexico, and currently a student at Stanford University in California where he is majoring in Management Science & Engineering with plans to attend business school. Nataanii, a distinguished leader, has been with UNITY since 2009 and served as a National UNITY Council representative for three years then served on the Executive Committee for three years as Male Member-at-Large, Southwest Representative, and Vice-President before being elected as the current Male Co-President of UNITY. He started with the Kirtland Central Diné Youth Council and worked with the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice-President to create new youth leadership groups with the vision of organizing agency youth councils to partner with the Navajo Nation government. He now works as a social entrepreneur specializing in health and youth empowerment. Nataanii plans to help expand the UNITY network, build alumni support, reconstruct UNITY’s website, fundraise record amounts, increase youth engagement, and provide more resources for UNITY youth. Email: mrnataanii[at]gmail[dot]com.
Dominique Lombardi, the National UNITY Council Executive Committee Co-President, was featured in a September 07, 2013 news article, which appeared in a Riverside County California Newspaper.
The article states, "Dominique Lombardi is a young woman with a mission: to be a positive role model for Native American youths throughout the country.
Lombardi, a Desert Cahuilla Indian from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Torres-Martinez tribes in Southern California, already has proven to be a strong leader. As a member of the Youth Tribal Council for Morongo, near Banning, she has taken an active role in pursuing her goals.
She was elected co-president of UNITY – United National Indian Tribal Youth – at its national conference in July. The nonprofit's mission is to "foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of the American Indian and Alaska Native youth."
"It's an honor to be the voice of youth through UNITY, which has opened up so many opportunities for me and brought me to who I am today," said Lombardi, 20."
The rest of the story may be read on The Press-Enterprise website.
The Center for Native American Youth recently honored five Champions for Change and brought them to Washington, DC to "spotlight their stories and promote hope in Indian country."
Sarah Schilling, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, was one of the youth honored. Sarah is currently serving as a member of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and is a founding member of the Waganakising Eshkiniigijik UNITY Council. Read the March 18 article featured on IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com to learn more about Sarah and the other youths' experiences during their visit to the nation's capital.
In a more recent Indian Country Today story, Sarah talked about her influences and background that led to a leadership role within her community and beyond.
Congratulations to Sarah for the honor awarded by the Center for Native American Youth and a much deserved thanks for the dedicated and successful efforts that make her a Champion for Change.
The video viewable in the player below illustrates the kind of positive initiative undertaken by the members of the National UNITY Council.
UNITY Day activities took place in 2011 as the result of a resolution passed by the NUC at its annual business meeting during the 2010 National Conference in San Diego, CA. The purpose, which is described in greater detail in the video, was primarily to, "promote lifestyles free from abuse of alcohol, drugs, and other substances." Still a good idea.
Through their actions, Native youth can and do make a difference in their communities.
The following story is from a White Mountain Apache Tribe Education Department news release that was issued on December 01, 2012.
Jared is currently the Co-President of the National UNITY Council's Executive Committee. Congratulations Jared for being elected to this new leadership responsibility.
Whiteriver, AZ – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) convened for the annual convention October 21-26 in Sacramento, CA. NCAI is a national organization that advocates, lobbies and addresses issues throughout Indian country. During this year’s annual convention, the NCAI Youth Commission elected White Mountain Apache tribal member Jared Massey National NCAI Youth Commission Co-President.
Throughout the week, Massey worked with native youth from tribes throughout the United States and focused on encouraging the Native Vote campaign for NCAI. The Youth Commission election was held October 24, in which Massey was declared the winner after garnering the most votes out of a field of four (4) young men.