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.
The following story was provided by Jared Massey, UNITY staff member and former National UNITY Council Executive Committee Co-President.
It’s amazing how much one can overcome and defeat; its amazing how resilient Native youth can be. Overcoming challenges in life is like running up a mountain that seems unending; it’s both painful and can cause hurt. Overcoming the rough terrains of the mountain builds strength and perseverance, much like life’s obstacles, you grow through each unexpected challenge.
As I ran the Arizona P.F. Changs Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon I thought of the youth I’ve crossed paths with, from the young girl who contemplated suicide, to the young people located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, to the youth I read about in a book called “Eagle Blue,” to the youth of my own community of 7-Mile on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, and of course to my little sister who is border line diabetic. I ran those 13.1 miles for these future leaders and over-comers. People often ask, “Why would you punish yourself and run that long?” I’m sure the 22,000 plus participants were asked the same question. I imagine they too had their reasons for running the race, and I’m sure many prayed the same prayer I prayed as I ran, which was a prayer of prosperity, good health, success, protection, and favor for loved ones. I also kept in mind the elders of our great nations, had it not been for these beautiful teachers we would not be able to call ourselves Indigenous, Native American, Indian, powerful, great, Navajo, and White Mountain Apache.
Jared Massey, UNITY staff member and former National UNITY Council Executive Committee Co-President, provided the following story.
“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” - 1st Timothy 4:12
As a child I was taught the importance of giving and serving others, these teachings have shaped who I’ve become and my path in life. It is with great pleasure and excitement to share with the UNITY family that in the summer of 2015 I will be traveling abroad to Macedonia and Greece. It’s truly an honor to have been selected to serve and travel with the Arizona State University Chi Alpha Organization overseas. I will be traveling to Macedonia and Greece shortly after the spring semester ends, and my trip will entail establishing a Chi Alpha Organization at the University in Macedonia. In addition, we will be going into the streets helping in any way possible, I will also be doing Hoop Dance performances. This trip to Macedonia isn’t about my benefit but for those that are living in poverty and need a helping hand. My life has been directed and impacted by UNITY and I look forward to bringing awareness to Native America while I’m abroad.
The following story was published on the act.mtv.com website on November 26, 2014.
How Do Native Americans Really Feel About Thanksgiving?
We’ve all heard the story of the first Thanksgiving, but how much of what we’ve been told is true and how much of it has turned to legend over the years? And while the original Thanksgiving is supposed to be about a meal between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, Thanksgiving now rarely puts any attention on the Native Americans involved or how Natives view Thanksgiving today.
To get a Native perspective, I spoke with Brian Moskwetah Weeden, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. He is the Male Co-President of the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes Enrollment Committee and Youth Advisory Committee and a Chairman to the 2014 Pow Wow Committee.
For starters, he was able to clear up some myths about the first Thanksgiving...
Read the rest of the story HERE.
For the second year in a row, UNITY Executive Committee Co-Presidents have received an invitation to an event hosted by the President of the United States. Brian Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag and Sarah Scott, Lummi Nation, will attend the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference is to foster the relationship between the United States Government and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. President Obama is expected to share remarks on behalf of his administration.
As representatives of UNITY, Brian and Sarah will have an opportunity to meet with tribal leaders from across the nation. They will also attend breakout sessions on topics such as Government to Government relationships, Wellness and Mental Health, Education and Supporting Native Youth, Environmental and Cultural Resources.
The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference. This year about 40 Native American high school students have been selected to attend the conference as Youth Ambassadors. This will be the sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of Native Americans. Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.
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, 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.