- Published on Sunday, 28 June 2015 14:59
UNITY congratulates and introduces the first thirteen members of our re-established UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program, which began in the 1990’s, made its return this year with funding assistance from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community!
Introducing the First 13 Members of the 2015 Class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors:
Henry Birk Albert, 16, Koyukon Athabaskan
Koyukon Athabascan of The Tribe of Ruby, AK
I am Birk Albert, age 16, Koyukon Athabascan and an enrolled member of The Native Village of Ruby. I was raised in roadless Alaska by the Yukon River in a small village of 170 residents. My family lives a subsistence life in a log house heated only with wood heat and no plumbing. My dad is one of the last traditional snowshoe builders. I attended a school with about 40 students in K to 12. I enjoy creative writing (GenIzine.blogspot.com) and studying history as well as outdoor activities in the Adirondack woods.
I learned never to give up from my dad and his family and my mother taught me empathy and the value of impacting the lives of others. My future will always have me giving back to Alaska and my Native community. I want to be a good ancestor. I am humbled to be chosen as an Earth Ambassador as well as
invited to the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering. I may now be raised by more than one village, but I have UNITY to thank for introducing me to other Tribal Youth peers across America.
- Published on Sunday, 28 June 2015 15:51
Audition Call: No Previous Acting Experience Required!
Attention Native Youth:
Do you have any experience doing plays or theater in your school? Have you ever thought of auditioning for a play? During the upcoming UNITY Conference in Washington DC, you will have the opportunity to audition for My Father's Bones, a short play by award winning playwrights Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) and Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma). My Father's Bones recounts the struggle of Jack, Bill and Richard Thorpe to recover the remains of their father — the unmatched Olympian Jim Thorpe — so that he can buried with their relatives in Sac and Fox Nation land. You can read about and watch a reading of the play HERE. You can follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter at #BringJimThorpeHome.
- Published on Sunday, 28 June 2015 14:26
The following story was written by Jared Massey.
"And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell, And I understood more than I saw; For I was seeing in a sacred manner." Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks
My ancestor's fought to ensure the future of my people would be prosperous and filled with opportunities. Opportunities such as the one I embarked on. As a young Native American, the likelihood of traveling to a land beyond the boarders of the country were slim to none, so I thought. My journey abroad has taught me lessons I’ll never forget, and began with five college students simply wanting to create change in a foreign land.
Arizona State University’s Chi Alpha is a Christian organization centered around the idea of creating an authentic community on campus. My journey to Europe was made possible through this amazing life-changing organization. I encourage other youth, seek authentic community and faith while pursuing higher education.
- Published on Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:22
Mesa, AZ – The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has announced the first thirteen members of its re-established UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program was started in the 1990’s, but due to funding challenges, was suspended until this year when the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community agreed to provide partial funding for its return.
The new class will attend training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Native America, learn to serve as an ambassador to increase awareness of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands, and promote the efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities. Topics will focus on, but not limited to, recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration.
- Published on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:55
Happening July 1, 2015...
The third Journey to the National UNITY Conference conference call is coming soon!!
Who should be on the call? Advisors, chaperones, and students who wish to learn more about the purpose of the conference and participant expectations. Highlights from the conference agenda will be shared. This is a time for your questions to be answered about ground transportation, hotel parking, and other important details. Please join us on the call!
A Q&A conference call regarding the National UNITY Conference
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM EST
Call (513) 386-0000, pin 197214#