This section contains the latest UNITY news and references to stories and articles that may be of interest to an audience that includes and extends beyond Native American youth. This may include educators, potential employers, college recruiters, Native youth program managers, and others who share an interest in American Indian youth issues.
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Two of UNITY's 25 Under 25 Honorees, Dahkota Brown (left in photo) & Nataanii Hatathlie, participated in the 47th Annual California Native American Day at the State Capital in Sacramento on Friday, September 26th.
Brown and Hatathlie were recognized along with 23 other Native youth leaders from across the country this past July at UNITY's National Conference in Portland, Oregon. While at California's Native American Day, they met with tribal dignitaries and Native youth in attendance from across the state, promoting the UNITY message and encouraging youth to get involved.
"We had a great response, with many interested in becoming involved with UNITY, while others expressing their support for Native youth as UNITY affiliates" said Hatathlie.
UNITY will be the host booth for the NIEA Convention & Trade Show during College Visit Day - join us! Register HERE for the 2014 COLLEGE VISIT DAY on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the National Indian Education Association’s Convention & Trade Show in Anchorage, Alaska. The trade show will be open to the public on Saturday, October 18th for prospective college and graduate school students. NIEA is inviting representatives from colleges and universities from across the country.
Prize drawings will be available, including round-trip airfare (instate Alaska only), compliments of RAVN Air!
The student registration form is available HERE.
UNITY Calls for National Moment of Silence
on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10
UNITY staff members gathered in the office and shared a moment of silence on September 10 to remember the many Native youth who have been lost to suicide.
Mesa, Arizona— United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will observe a moment of silence on World Suicide Prevention Day in memory of Native American youth who have committed suicide. Started by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day brings together individuals and organizations with an interest in suicide prevention, and mobilizes efforts to save lives.
According to IASP, every year, almost one million people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.
"The suicide rate for young Native Americans is more than three times the national average and up to 10 times the national average on some reservations", said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY.