This Blog 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.
Our thoughts and prayers go to everyone affected by the deadly tornadoes that have swept through central Oklahoma the last few days.
Suddenly, many individuals faced the future with no homes, no cars, injuries, some family members missing...
Oklahoma City—The national UNITY organization is creating an alumni association and is seeking potential members. UNITY stands for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. Have you ever attended a National UNITY conference or a mid-year UNITY conference? Have you ever been a member of a UNITY affiliated Youth council or have you ever served as an Advisor for a UNITY affiliated youth council?
May 1 marks the first day of retirement for Patricia Hunter. For the past 25 years, she assumed a variety of roles for the organization. She began serving as secretary for the first project funded by the Administration for Native Americans. Pat maintained an organized filing system for all records, prepared checks, and prepared the information for annual audits and tax forms. Her last position was Office Manager/Bookkeeper.
Many of you will remembers Pat from her coordination of registrations and exhibitors at National UNITY Conferences.
"We appreciate her years of service to UNITY and American Indian/Alaska Native youth and wish her many years of health and happiness," commented J. R. Cook, UNITY executive director.
Anyone wishing to send a cord or note to Pat may do so by sending to Patricia Hunter, UNITY, P. O. Box 800, Oklahoma City, OK 73101. The cards will be delivered to Pat.
The following is the text of an April 16 news release that was issued in observance of UNITY's 37th birthday.
UNITY CELEBRATES 37TH BIRTHDAY
Oklahoma City, OK—Thanks to an organization called UNITY, Native American youth across the country are taking charge of their lives by serving others. Many were inspired to do so after attending a National UNITY Conference. Three decades and seven years ago on April 16, 1976, United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma. Commonly known by its acronym as UNITY, the organization is an outgrowth of a dropout prevention and cultural retention project funded by the Office of Indian Education.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is offering opportunities for Native youth and young professionals. Visit the Internship page on this site to learn about three of these opportunities.
If interested, note the April deadlines for the Wilma Mankiller Fellowship and National Tribal Youth Cabinet.