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 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.
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.
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.