Youth Councils of Distinction
This category features youth councils and other Native American youth groups who distinguish themselves by taking the initiative to serve their communities and make a difference through their work, example and leadership. Use the Contact form to let the Web editors know about deserving youth councils or youth groups to consider for future updates.
Phoenix, Arizona—UNITY youth were selected this year as the distinguished Grand Marshals for the Native American Connections Parade, part of the annual Native American Recognition Days (NARD) celebrated in the Phoenix-metro area every October and November. The parade, which took place on Saturday, October 11 and is sponsored and organized by Native American Connections - a Native American service and development organization in the Phoenix area, is a highlighted event of the more than 25 NARD events that will take place this year.
UNITY youth councils from around the state and surrounding communities showed up in force to represent and celebrate Native youth. Members of the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council, Yavapai-Apache Nation Youth Council, White Mountain Apache Youth Council, San Carlos Apache Youth Council, Hualapai Nation Youth Council, Cesar Chavez High School Youth Council, Mesa Strength Youth Council, and Mountain View High School Native American Club took part in the special day. Several hundred parade watchers cheered from the streets of downtown Phoenix as the parade grand marshals, float entries, bands and tribal royalty entertained and waved to the crowd.
The White Mountain Apache Youth Council held its annual inauguration of newly elected officers on September 4 at Hon-Dah Resort & Casino.
The inauguration event included the swearing in of fourteen (14) new officers including Co-Presidents Rashaan Stover and Mandy Dazen, Vice President Jade Cosay, Secretary/Treasurer D'Marco Slick, Public Relations Chance Hill, District I Reps Robinson Foster and AnDru Henry, District II Reps Shasta Dazen and Manuel Dazen, Jr., District III Reps Maria Walker and Shania Opah and District IV Reps Ignatius Lupe, Jr., Eric Mitchell, and Leona Tate.
The following is from a recent story in the Redwood Falls (MN) Gazette.
Who is blessed more – those who give or those who receive? If one were to ask Clara Friese that question, the answer would be simple. Being able to give to others in need provides far greater blessing. Friese experienced that blessing again recently when she and a group of local individuals took truckloads of donated items to the Crow Creek reservation in South Dakota.
...Friese said more than 80 bikes were donated to the people of Crow Creek through the collection. Students from the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) group at Redwood Valley spent a lot of time helping load items during the local collection, and they also took the initiative to pump up bike tires and make sure the bikes all worked. “They were riding them all over the Tersteeg’s parking lot,” said Friese with a smile.
Read the rest of the story by following the link on over to the Redwood Falls Gazette website.
UNITY, Inc. is excited to share that UNITY youth will serve as the official Parade Grand Marshal at the 32nd Annual Native American Connections Parade on October 11, 2014 in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
The parade is part of the Native American Recognition Days, a series of events and activities between the months of September and November, celebrating Native American culture, traditions, community and achievements.
To download the official parade flyer with parade route and details, click on image above. To learn more about Native American Recognition Days, click here.
Youth of the Jemez UNITY Youth Council are pictured on a billboard promoting the parade. Click on the picture to the left to view a larger version.
COEUR D’ALENE- UNITY Week was held on the Coeur d'Alene reservation in Worley, Idaho from August 12-15, 2014 with an attendance of roughly 120 youth throughout the week. The youth conference drew in students from Owyhee, Nevada join us as well as UNITY family from Nooksack, Kalispell, Spokane, Montana and Nez Perce tribes. The conference featured a day devoted to Spiritual, Physical, Mental, and Social aspects of UNITY's medicine wheel.
In conjunction with the conference there was an evening dance as well as a boat cruise on lake Coeur d'Alene. The conference featured a huge lineup of keynote speakers this year including UNITY's current Female Co-President Sarah Scott, Jude, CeCe and Rick Schimmel, and the current Miss Indian World Taylor Thomas.