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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.

Meet the 2014 - 2015 Executive Committee

The following twelve individuals were elected during the 2014 National UNITY Conference in Portland, Oregon to serve on the 2014 - 2015 National UNITY Council Executive Committee.

Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott, 20, is an enrolled member of the Lummi Nation in Bellingham Wa. She is currently serving as the female Co - President of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee. She is also attending school at Northwest Indian College where she is going to attain an Associates Degree and her goal is to obtain a Bachelors in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Human services. Sarah partakes heavily in her culture and uses that to guide her in her journey as a mother and as a young leader. She is very honored to be serving her third term on the NUC Executive Committee and looks forward to serving her fellow peers.

 Brian WeedenBrian Weeden also known as Moskwetah “Bear Heart” is a proud members of The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe located in Mashpee Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Cod. Brian is currently a language teacher for the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project (WLRP) and teaches the Wampanoag Language. Outside of work Brian is a devoted tribal member who believes in giving back to the community. He serves on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes Enrollment Committee, Youth Advisory Committee and holds the current title of Chairman to the 2014 Pow Wow Committee. Back in 2009 Brian formed the Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council and served as Chairman from 2009 until aging off of the council in 2012. However in 2012 Brian had the privilege of being elected Northeast Area Representative for the United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. Executive Committee also known as UNITY EC. The following year he ran for Male Co President and did not succeed. However he did not give up and the following year he ran and became victorious.” I encourage everyone to chase his or her dreams. Don’t ever give up!” Over the next year as the newly elected Male Co President Brian plans on restoring the voice of the NUC (National UNITY Council) while amending the constitution and bylaws. If you have any questions or would like to contact Brian he can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Co-President's Interview on Emerald Planet

National UNITY Council Executive Committee Co-President, Nataanii Hatathlie, was recently interviewed on Emerald Planet. Nataanii's interview, which ends at the 13:00 minute mark, may be viewed below.

Introducing the 2013-2014 National UNITY Council Executive Committee

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.

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National UNITY Council Election Petitions Available


National UNITY Council Co-President and Regional Representative Petition Forms are attached. Forms submitted in advance should be mailed or faxed to the UNITY office. Forms submitted during the conference should be submitted to a UNITY staff member at the registration table. Eligibility will be confirmed before ballots are prepared. Confirmed candidates will have the opportunity to offer a speech to their constituents before the NUC business meeting.

Candidates are highly encouraged to attend the National UNITY Conference in Portland, OR June 28 – July 3, 2014 as elections for the National UNITY Council Executive Committee will take place at the business meeting during the conference.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the staff at the UNITY office or the current members of the Executive Committee. We wish you the best of luck with your petition.

Thank you for your submission!

Dominique Lombardi Featured in News Story

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.