FYI for conference participants: If you are in need of medical treatment, please note the following:
During business hours:
Native American Rehabilitation Association. Community Health Clinic (Non-profit Native American Clinic)
Located in NE Portland near Emmanuel Hospital, which is near the Doubletree Hotel
Address: 15 N. Morris - Telephone: (503) 230-9875
Must have Tribal ID
After hours (for those with insurance):
Closest hospital Emmanuel Hospital has Urgent Care or Oregon Health Science University Emergency Clinic
Another Option (during business hours):
Chemowa Indian School has an IHS health clinic (40 minutes away), near Salem
Is there still time to register my group online even if we plan to pay onsite?
No. It is too late to register online. You may register when you arrive.
Can I attend the conference by myself, if I’m 18, without chaperone?
Everyone must have a chaperone. If you are traveling alone, you must notify the UNITY office so you can be assigned to a group.
Do advisors have to register?
Yes, anyone who plans to attend any conference events, must register.
Meet the Inaugural Class
UNITY 25 UNDER 25 Youth Leadership Award Recipients
Teressa Baldwin (Inupiaq Eskimo)
Age: 20 Years Old
Teressa Unaliin Baldwin, an Inupiaq Eskimo from Kotzebue, Alaska, is an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego where she is pursuing a degree in Sociology and Business. During her sophomore year at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, a native boarding school in Sitka, Alaska she made the goal of saving one hundred people from committing suicide. Since then she became the founder of a suicide prevention campaign called Hope4Alaska. In which she traveled to over twenty high schools across Alaska to speak about her personal experience, and how to overcome suicide. Teressa’s work has also been recognized by President Obama in 2011, where she was recognized as a Champion for Change. Since then, Teressa has spoken on the wellbeing of indigenous people with multiple senators and congressmen. Teressa’s goal is to dedicate her life to the wellbeing of her tribe and home state of Alaska.
Maria Bartlett (Pascua Yaqui)
Age: 19 Years Old
Maria is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She is nineteen years old and is currently attending Arizona State University, as a student in the Barrett Honors College, studying Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Maria is very involved in her community, volunteering with the Yonokame College group through her tribe and serving as a Girl Scout troop leader. After graduation, she plans on continuing her education and starting her career in the nonprofit sector. Maria is honored to represent her tribe and community in the 25 Under 25 program.
The 2014 National UNITY Conference agenda and Conference program, which contains the agenda, are now available and attached for viewing and download.
Inaugural Class of Native American Youth to be Honored June 28
at UNITY National Conference in Portland, Oregon
Mesa, AZ – United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has announced the 2014 inaugural class of its new national youth leadership recognition program, the "25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards". The awards program is designed to celebrate the achievements of Native American and Alaskan Native youth ages 14 to 24 who embody UNITY’s core mission and exude living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.
Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony during the UNITY National Conference taking place June 28 - July 3 in Portland, Oregon, with each receiving a hand-made beaded "25 Under 25" medallion. There, they will join more than 1,300 Native youth who are converging at the National Conference for a full week of youth leadership development, featuring Tribal leaders, expert trainers, and Native youth peers from throughout the country.
"We are thrilled to announce and congratulate our first class of the UNITY 25 Under 25 awards program" said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY. She added, "Our regional voting panelists had a major task, vetting each candidate and narrowing the field to those who stood-out and exemplified what the UNITY organization has stood for, for the past 38 years. We look forward to seeing the honorees in Portland, and I encourage everyone to congratulate these outstanding individuals for putting their best foot forward in representing our Tribal communities and Native youth leadership."
In addition to being recognized, each awardee will receive special training by UNITY over the period of one year that is designed to build on their individual achievements. The inaugural class will be recognized as UNITY ambassadors, serving as stellar examples of Native youth leadership in Indian Country today.
A larger version of the above left graphic is attached.
New York Liberty Presents
NATIVE AMERICAN CELEBRATION DAY
Join UNITY and the New York Liberty as we celebrate the Native American community and heritage and support Atlanta Dream rookie Shoni Schimmel when the Atlanta Dream takes on the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, June 22 at 3:00 PM.
Ticket and other information concerning this day of celebration is available on the attached New York Liberty Flyer.