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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Tribal Youth Council 20 Year Anniversary and Celebration

The following article was provided by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Youth Services Coordinator.

Sault Ste. Marie YouthSault Ste. Marie, Michigan - The Tribal Youth Council 20 Year Anniversary Mini Conference & Celebration held September 18 and 19, 2015 at the Kewadin Casino & Convention Center was a huge success with approximately 50 youth attending from across the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians service area. The conference started with the heartbeat of our mother earth played by the Sturgeon Bay Singers offering the grand entry. The Youth Staff and Flags carried in by tribal youth council volunteers, the POW MIA Flag carried in by Staff Sergeant A.J. Mclarahmore of the 1437th Army National Guard Engineer Company. The opening and welcome offered by Chairman Aaron Payment, providing tribal youth council words of encouragement to never give up. Chairman Payment with the assistance of Unit II YEA Coordinator Lisa Burnside led the attendee’s in a two –step.

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Shinnecock Initiates Call-to-Action to Globalize Advocacy Among Native Youth

The following story, which was written and produced by Dyani Brown of the Shinnecock Nation, was provided by the Shinnecock Youth Council.

Youth leaders from Shinnecock Nation received a warm welcome at the 20th Annual International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA) held at the United Nations on August 18th. Among the nearly 200 countries that participated, Shinnecock represented as the only American Indian community in attendance.

“We simply responded to an invitation for an opportunity that was afforded to us,” said Preston Brown, a volunteer advisor for Shinnecock Nation Youth Council.

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Kenaitze Youth Council attends conference in Washington, D.C

The following story was published August 9, 2015 on the Peninsula Clarion website.

After spending 10 days in Washington, D.C., touring the city and participating in a conference with approximately 1,800 other Native American youth, the 11 members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Youth Council have returned to the Kenai Peninsula with plans for the future.

Kami Wright, the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s acting director of tribal government affairs, said she decided to revive the previously-existing but inactive Youth Council in April because of a presidential challenge.

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2015 NFL Pro Bowl Practice

Native Youth at Probowl PracticeOn Friday January 23rd, UNITY youth from 15 youth councils attended the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl Practice Sessions at Scottsdale Community College.  Some youth and their advisors traveled for more than four hours to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Pro Bowl features elite players from each of the teams in the National Football League.  The practice consisted of two sessions, lasting approximately one hour each.  Team Irvin took the field first in their fluorescent orange colored gear and ran offensive and defensive drills.  A number of players then took time to sign autographs for fans.

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UNITY Youth Participate in Annual Tribal Parade

ParadeFort McDowell Yavapai Nation, AZ - On November 15, UNITY Youth Councils gathered to participate in the 33rd Anniversary of the Orme Dam Victory Days Parade, an annual celebration of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Representing UNITY were Mesa Strength Youth Council, Mountain View Native American Club, AK Chin Youth Council, San Carlos Apache Youth Council, and Yavapai Apache Youth Council.

The Orm Dam was proposed project in the 1970's that would have flooded the Fort McDowell Yavapai reservation and forced the community from what remained of its ancestral homeland.

Individuals from the community spearheaded an opposition movement that rallied the support of fellow tribal members. By referendum in 1976, the community members voted 144 to 57 against selling their land to the federal government for the dam site. Then on November 12, 1981, after consulting with the Fort McDowell Tribal Council and the Governor’s Advisory Committee, Interior Secretary James Watt announced that Orme Dam would not be built. Each year a tribal fair, parade, rodeo and other events are held to commemorate the tribe's victory.

Source: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Website