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.
"Technology and Tradition for Today and Tomorrow" has been selected as the theme for the 2013 National UNITY Conference, The five day conference will be held July 12 - 16 at the Marriott Warner Center Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
The Early Bird registration rate runs from now until May 31st. Registration, workshop and exhibitor forms are available for download on this website.
A larger version of the conference flyer is available for viewing here.
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.
Pathkeepers for Indigenous Knowledge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Culpeper, Virginia, approximately 70 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Its mission is to strengthen, maintain and continually evolve American Indian educational, health and sustainable community practices based on traditional and indigenous knowledge. The organization was founded on the belief that traditional, cultural practices offer the best promise to ensure the continuation of Native peoples as distinct, vibrant communities and that actions are required now to ensure that these traditional lifeways are passed to future generations.
The Center for Native American Youth recently honored five Champions for Change and brought them to Washington, DC to "spotlight their stories and promote hope in Indian country."
Sarah Schilling, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, was one of the youth honored. Sarah is currently serving as a member of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and is a founding member of the Waganakising Eshkiniigijik UNITY Council. Read the March 18 article featured on IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com to learn more about Sarah and the other youths' experiences during their visit to the nation's capital.
In a more recent Indian Country Today story, Sarah talked about her influences and background that led to a leadership role within her community and beyond.
Congratulations to Sarah for the honor awarded by the Center for Native American Youth and a much deserved thanks for the dedicated and successful efforts that make her a Champion for Change.