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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.

Olympian Billy Mills Set to Join UNITY Open House Celebration

Billy Mills Victory LapMesa, AZ—The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc., also known as UNITY, will hold its 2nd Annual Open House on Friday, December 19. UNITY moved its headquarters from Oklahoma City, OK to Mesa, AZ in the fall of 2013 and marks the occasion with an annual open house. This year's celebration will feature the lighting of the UNITY Fire, songs around the UNITY Drum, tours of the headquarters featuring memorabilia from UNITY's 38 year history, and special guest speakers including Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), winner of the 1964 Olympic 10,000 meter run.

"I'm honored to attend UNITY's 2nd Annual Open House in Mesa, Arizona. I look forward to seeing the faces of our Native American youth. Running Strong for American Indian Youth supports UNITY's efforts to empower our young people and to give them a voice on issues that affect them," said Billy Mills, Running Strong's national spokesperson.

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What Native Youth Need to Know about the Affordable Care Act Webinar Scheduled

Please join representatives from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United National Tribal Indian Youth (UNITY) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) for a Webinar/Call on “What Native Youth need to know about the Affordable Care Act”. The webinar/call will take place on Wednesday, December 17th at 8 PM EST. Below you will find an agenda as well as the Webinar link and the Call-In Information.  In addition we have attached the PowerPoint should you only be able to dial in.

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Second Annual UNITY Open House Scheduled

2014 UNITY Open House FlyerSave the date and attend the second annual UNITY Open House on Friday, December 19, 2014. The event will begin at 12:00 pm at the UNITY Offices at 1 N MacDonald Dr. in Mesa, AZ and feature Santa, a toy and food drive, lighting of the UNITY Fire, and songs around the UNITY Drum. Please bring a toy or can of food to contribute to the drive.

The program includes a DJ and cultural presentations by members of local UNITY Youth Councils. Additionally, Billy Mills, winner of the 1964 Olympic 10,000 meter run, will be a special guest and presenter.

Please RSVP on the UNITY Facebook events page.

More information about this special event may be found in the attached flyer.

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UNITY to Host 8th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Native Runners

Spaghetti Dinner FlyerUNITY will host the eighth annual Spaghetti Dinner for Native runners on the eve of the PF Chang's Rock 'n Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. The dinner will begin at 6:00 pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the UNITY Headquarters, which is located at 1 N MacDonald Dr., Mesa. AZ.

Door prizes will be offered along with free t-shirts for the first 75 participants to RSVP. The evening will also include a motivational guest speaker.

Send your RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 14, 2014. The attached flyer contains additional event information.

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UNITY Youth Leaders Inspired at Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference

Brian Weeden and President ObamaWashington, DC—“Not only did I get to see and hear his powerful message to Indian country and shake his hand but I got a selfie with President (Barack) Obama,” wrote Brian Weeden, 21, Mashpee Wampanoag, on his Facebook page shortly after he and Sarah Scott, 20, Lummi, shook hands with President Barack Obama last week during the Sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC) in Washington, DC.  Weeden and Scott serve as Co-Presidents of the National UNITY Council.  UNITY stands for United National Indian Tribal Youth.  The purpose of the annual WHTNC is to foster the relationship between the United States Government and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.

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