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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.

UNITY Youth Selected as Parade Grand Marshals

Grand Marshal Flyer

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.


UNITY Youth Featured on Parade Billboard

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 Conducts Youth Conference

Coeur d'Alene Youth ConferenceCOEUR 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.

Read more: Coeur d'Alene Conducts Youth Conference

UNITY Youth Participate in the Navajo Nation Fair

Youth at Navajo FairWindow Rock, Arizona—UNITY youth were invited recently to participate in the largest gathering of Native Americans in North America, the Navajo Nation Fair.  During the first week of September, UNITY youth joined thousands of people who flocked to the 68th Annual Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Arizona. Visitors to the annual celebration enjoyed weeklong events such as a baby contest, Miss Navajo Nation contest, pow-wow, rodeo, and a traditional Navajo Song and Dance.

A highlight of the fair is the Ashkii Happy Kids Day, held on Thursday September 4th at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds.  Navajo Youth from all over the Navajo Reservation joined in activities and visited the many information booths available in Nakai Hall. Students involved with United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, spent the day handing out information about UNITY youth programs including Kelly Charley, Navajo, a recipient of the 25 Under 25 Leadership Award.

Read more: UNITY Youth Participate in the Navajo Nation Fair

Jude Schimmel Speaks to Worley Youth Group

The following story was posted on the Coeur d' Alene Press website on August 18, 2014.


WORLEY (Idaho) - The easier the questions were, the longer it took to answer.

But Louisville senior Jude Schimmel told her story and allowed for Q&A after speaking to a crowd of more than 200 at the United National Indian Tribal Youth conference here Thursday.

"Will you eat lunch with me?" one child asked.

"Will you sign my shirt?" another followed.

While the 20-year-old Native American icon was too busy for the lunch, she did sign dozens of items.

Read the rest of the story online on the Coeur d' Alene Press website.

Page, AZ High School UNITY Council Featured In Indian Country Today

The Page High School UNITY Council in Arizona was recently featured in Indian Country Today newspaper highlighting their efforts in coordinating their contest pow wow.  The UNITY council was successful in their efforts to hold the pow wow despite a few setbacks.  Under the leadership of advisor Shannon Secody, the youth council also completed other activities throughout the school year including producing PSAs for healthy lifestyles, attending the UNITY Midyear Meeting in Washington DC, and just recently, being selected as a recipient of a National Park Foundation Active Trails grant for their project "Journey through Waterways and Walkways to Wellness." 

Good job Page HS UNITY Council!

Read the article in Indian Country Today here.

Pictured are a few members of The Page HS UNITY Council after a presentation to the Page School Board members regarding their activities throughout the year.