NUC Executive Committee
This category features stories and news items concerning the activities of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and its current and former members.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:57
For the second year I have served as an intern at the UNITY headquarters in Mesa, AZ. The experience has been adventurous, eye opening, and rewarding as I have been blessed with the opportunity to give back to the organization that provided so much for my community and me.
My first involvement with UNITY dates back 6 years ago with the Kirtland Central Diné Youth Council where I earned my way to attend the 2009 National UNITY Conference in Albuquerque, NM. My first national conference with UNITY changed the trajectory of my life as I realized my own potential to make an impact on the world around me. I encountered so many inspirational people that I still admire and call upon as mentors for help and support. Since then I have been empowered to take ownership of my life and take charge of my community as a change agent to help others.
- Published on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 17:43
The following individuals were elected during the 2015 National UNITY Conference in Washington, DC to serve on the 2015 - 2016 National UNITY Council Executive Committee.
Female Co-President | Sassamin Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag) 21, belongs to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Mashpee, Massachusetts. She was born and raised in Mashpee and graduated with the class of 2012 at Mashpee High School and is now currently working in retail and also administration of a Cardiologist specialists. Sassamin is the former 2014 Powwow Princess of her tribe. She has been fully involved with United National Indian Tribal Youth organization (UNITY) for four years. At the National conference in Portland, Oregon she was re-elected to serve another year as representative and also elected Vice President of the Executive Committee. Aside from UNITY Sassamin has been involved with her Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Youth Council since it was founded in 2009. The past 2 years have given her the privilege of being Chairwoman of the youth council. The laughter and shared memories she is surrounded by from the youth are what make her so passionate about what she does and who she does it for.
- Published on Monday, 17 August 2015 15:55
In July of 2015 at the National UNITY Conference in Washington, DC, the 2015-2016 Executive Council leadership was elected, representing UNITY's 10 distinct regions.
Sophie Tiger is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and also from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She is the 2015-2016 Southern Plains Representative, and also serves as a White House Tribal Youth Ambassador, honorary UNITY Earth Ambassador, Gen-I Youth Ambassador, and Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) Youth Ambassador.
Sophie has been actively involved with Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative since its launch by President Obama at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December of 2014. She uses her experience in leadership roles to devote her time to contribute to the change within her own community, as she was apart of the development of a drug free youth empowerment initiative that is supported by the Native community in Comanche Country.
As a 2015 Gates Millennium Scholar, she is now a freshman at Arizona State University in hopes of obtaining her degree in Public Policy and Public Service specializing in Native American Affairs with a minor in communication. Sophie always looks forward to networking with youth from across the country in hopes of making a change within Indian Country.
- Published on Sunday, 28 June 2015 14:26
The following story was written by Jared Massey.
"And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell, And I understood more than I saw; For I was seeing in a sacred manner." Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks
My ancestor's fought to ensure the future of my people would be prosperous and filled with opportunities. Opportunities such as the one I embarked on. As a young Native American, the likelihood of traveling to a land beyond the boarders of the country were slim to none, so I thought. My journey abroad has taught me lessons I’ll never forget, and began with five college students simply wanting to create change in a foreign land.
Arizona State University’s Chi Alpha is a Christian organization centered around the idea of creating an authentic community on campus. My journey to Europe was made possible through this amazing life-changing organization. I encourage other youth, seek authentic community and faith while pursuing higher education.