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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.

NIEA College Visit Day Registration

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 RAV’N Air! 

The student registration form is available HERE.

World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10

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.


Yellow Suicide Prevention Ribbon

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 UNITY Bannerorganizations 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. 

Read more: World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10

Women Fight to Preserve Their Native Culture

The following story appeared on the Indian Country Today website on August 26, 2014.


In an August 19 article, Marie Claire featured eight young women who are fighting to preserve their culture.

They come from all walks of life and occupy a number of jobs—among them a school administrator, a teacher, a poet/singer/songwriter, a server at a hotel, a musician/photographer/filmmaker/artist, and a community wellness advocate...

Read the rest of the story on the Indian Country Today website. Follow the Marie Claire link to read the original article.

UNITY PSA Premiered During Native American Heritage Night at WNBA Game

Watch UNITY's PSA that premiered during halftime of Native American Heritage Night at the Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream WNBA game on August 5! Following the game, UNITY and Shoni Schimmel hosted a post game interview. Thank you to the WNBA and Misty for promoting our message!