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.
Atlanta, Georgia—Ten NCAI Youth Commissioners took their oath of office at the recent annual National Congress of American Indians Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Elected as Co-Presidents include Tyler Owens, Gila River Indian Community, and Jared Massey, White Mountain Apache and Navajo. Elected as Co-Vice Presidents include Cassondra Church, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and Brian Weeden, Mashpee Mashpee Wampanoag. Other officers include Treasurer David Colbert, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and Secretary Brian Barlow, Cherokee Nation. Elected to Member-At-Large positions include Mary Guenther, Aleut, Michaela Custodio, Ho-Chunk Nation, Skyler Daisy, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, and Collin Church, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.
Established in 1997, the NCAI Youth Commission has been a space for tribal youth to come together and discuss solutions to the unique challenges they face within their communities. The youth commission has served as a space for Indian Country’s young people to stand together, empowered, to inform Indian country’s greater decisions regarding the future. Youth Commission members have often informed NCAI’s general membership on various issues, informing key advocacy decisions. The youth commissioners also provide leadership development opportunities and provides a forum for national native youth networking.
Online registration is now available HERE.
The annual UNITY Golf Classic will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the top-rated Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, AZ – an enterprise of the Gila River Indian Community.
Join UNITY to raise much needed funds that support and off-set costs for programming for Native youth throughout the year. Enjoy a great round of golf, excellent networking and luncheon, plus a chance to walk away with wonderful Native American art and great items from our Silent Auction (a favorite of our golf participants each year!)
Anchorage, Alaska—UNITY served as the host booth for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) at their annual national Convention & Trade Show, last month in Anchorage, Alaska. The College Visit Day took place on Saturday, October 18 as part of the annual trade show. Open to the public, participants and prospective college and graduate school students networked and learned more about educational institutions from across the country.
Phoenix, Arizona – On September 26, 2014 the annual meeting of the 22 Tribes of Arizona reconvened for a morning of addressing issues impacting Arizona tribal communities. It was also a day recognized as National Native American Day across the United States.
UNITY, Inc. Executive Director, Mary Kim Titla, and UNITY Program Support Assistant, Jared Massey, presented before more than 15 distinguished tribal leaders. Led by Massey, the presentation focused on the importance and significance of UNITY from a Native youth leader perspective. He also shared UNITY highlights from the past year, since moving its headquarters to Mesa, Arizona.
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