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This category features stories and news items concerning the activities of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and its current and former members.

Jared Massey talks about hoop dancing and U.N.I.T.Y.

The following story about Jared Massey may be read in its entirety on the 12News website. Jared is a UNITY staff member and former Co-President of the National UNITY Council.

Jared Massey"It's a sign of everlasting life," said Jared Massey, a college senior and representative of U.N.I.T.Y.(United National Indian Tribe Youth, Inc.). "There's no end; no beginning. It's just a circle."

Hoop dancing is an art that has become a competition. The sport among Native American tribes shows off beauty, athleticism, precision and finesse...

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Youth at White House GatheringUNITY youth leaders, including National UNITY Council Co-Presidents Sassamin Weeden and Brian Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag), and National UNITY Council Vice President/Great Plains Representative Alex Greybull (Ft. Peck Dakota), participated in President Obama's 7th annual gathering of Tribal leadership from across the nation, held November 5, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheater in Washington, DC. 

"This past week I was given the distinct opportunity to attend, alongside Tribal leaders and fellow youth, the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Obama Administration," said Sassamin Weeden. "Knowing we have support from such important people like President Obama and the Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, I left with a  great feeling because of the passion they expressed with regards to Indian country, but mainly for concern and efforts to support our Native youth. They are so well invested in the future of our people that they recognize it starts today, with us, the next seven generations," added Weeden.


Brian Weeden - National UNITY Council Co-President

Brian WeedenBrian Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag), 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.

National UNITY Council Co-Presidents Present "UNITY Report" at National Congress of American Indians Convention

Sassamin and Brian WeedenSassamin Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag, Female Co-President of the National UNITY Council (NUC), and Brian Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag, Male Co-President of the National UNITY Council, updated tribal leaders last week about UNITY activities during the annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians in San Diego. The Weedens, who are the first brother and sister Co-Presidents, informed tribal leaders about the make up of the NUC with representatives being elected from ten regions and this year most are females. Brian Weeden also spoke about the White House Tribal Youth Gathering, which UNITY co-sponsored, and gave praise to speaker First Lady Michelle Obama for connecting with Native youth and understanding Native youth issues as a result of a visit by her and President Barack Obama to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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Sassamin Weeden - National UNITY Council Co-President

Sassamin WeedenSassamin 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.