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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.

Shoni Schimmel to Start in WNBA All-Star Game

Support UNITY by purchasing special promotional tickets to the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game


First time WNBA All-Star Shoni Schimmel joins Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner as a starter in this year's All-Star game.

The game will be played on July 19, 2014 in the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Start time is 12:30 PM.

Use Promo Code ASG when purchasing your ticket and a portion of the ticket sales will go to support UNITY's programs that serve the nation's Native Youth. You may purchase tickets online HERE.

UNITY Council of Trustees Membership Changes

The make up of the UNITY Council of Trustees (CoT) changed at its June 29, 2014 meeting in Portland, OR.

Jan English stepped down from the Council after having served as a dedicated leader and champion for Native youth for more than three decades. She’s the only Trustee who has been a part of UNITY since it was founded in 1976 by JR Cook. Mary Kim Titla, UNITY Executive Director, stated, "The UNITY family appreciates all of the time, energy and passion that Jan brought to her leadership role on the Council. We wish her the very best and every happiness as she continues her involvement in the Native community and enjoys her retirement with her husband and family."

Two new members, Henry Lozano and Tyler English-Rush, were added to the UNITY leadership team.

Read more: UNITY Council of Trustees Membership Changes

New York Liberty Celebrates Native American Day

New York Liberty Presents



Join UNITY and the New York Liberty as we celebrate the Native American community and heritage and support Atlanta Dream rookie Shoni Schimmel when the Atlanta Dream takes on the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, June 22 at 3:00 PM.

Ticket and other information concerning this day of celebration is available on the attached New York Liberty Flyer.

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UNITY Youth Travel to Taiwan

Youth in TaiwanThe idea that indigenous tribes of Taiwan might benefit from the creation of youth councils led to an amazing overseas exchange between six Native American youth leaders and two chaperones during a 10-day journey in East Asia. The six Native youth leaders, representing tribes across the U.S., are part of UNITY—United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.

UNITY has a network of 140 youth councils in 35 states. The UNITY delegation, sponsored by Taiwan’s Vox Nativa, visited the aboriginal homelands of seven of the 14 indigenous tribes including the Thao, Bunun, Rukai and Paiwan tribes in the lush and mountainous interior of Taiwan.

Flying 6,500 miles to Taiwan requires a 14-hour plane ride from San Francisco. The 14,000 square mile island sits more than 100 miles off the southeast coast of mainland China with sub-tropical and tropical weather.

Read the rest of this story at Indian Country Today.

Atlanta Dream Announces its Support of UNITY!

Atlanta Dream Presents



The Atlanta Dream will play the Seattle Storm on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Atlanta, Georgia at the Philips Arena. The evening will be a celebration of Shoni Schimmel and Native American heritage! A portion of every ticket sold will go back to supporting UNITY. Make sure you secure your seats today! The first 2,000 fans will receive a 2014 Schimmel #23 band.

Ticket and other information concerning this night of celebration is available on the attached Atlanta Dream Game Flyer.

Download this file (Atlanta Dream Game Flyer.pdf)Atlanta Dream Game Flyer[ ]2831 kB