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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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