Native American Golf Professional Alexandrea Schulte to Serve as Honorary Chair
Professional Golfer, Alexandrea (Alex) Schulte of the Northern Ute Tribe, will serve as honorary chair of the 2015 UNITY Golf Classic. She began competing professionally at the age of 24. This past season, she secured two Top-2 Finishes, one Top-5 finish and one Top-10 finish.
Alex’s mission is to guide Native American youth towards their full potential as healthy well-rounded individuals who are proud of their heritage, realizing that success and opportunity does not mean sacrificing culture or traditional ways.
The 2015 UNITY Golf Classic is set to take place on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the top-rated Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, AZ.
A few team and individual slots are still available. Register online HERE.
Note: Last fall a handful of Native American youth had two opportunities to meet with the News Director from 12 News, a Phoenix NBC affiliate station, to discuss the use of the “R*dskin”term during its newscasts. Below is an essay written by one of the students who attended the meetings. Analicia Salas, 14, is Navajo, a descendant of Gabrieleno Kizh, Luiseno La Jolla, and Mexican. She is Secretary of the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council and a 9th Grader at North Phoenix Preparatory. Morning Star Leaders Youth Council is an Inter-Tribal Youth Council serving Tribal youth in Phoenix-Metro.
Last Fall, I attended an R-word protest at the University of Phoenix Stadium as the Arizona Cardinals hosted the Washington R*dskins and learned much. I was surprised at the divisiveness this issue created, and even more amazed at how the dominant culture’s age old tactic of “divide and conquer” is still very effective amongst Native American People. Following are two examples of this effective tactic: 1) Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly accepted an invite from the Washington team owner Dan Snyder to attend this football game in his suite even after Navajo Nation council delegates passed a 9 to 2 resolution early last year taking an official stance opposing this derogatory term; 2) Administrators from Red Mesa High School on the Navajo Nation reportedly accepted tickets to the football game for themselves along with more than 110 students. For those teachers and students who were willing to apply critical thought, and were courageous enough to engage in discussion, indeed experienced a learning opportunity.
Jared Massey, UNITY staff member and former National UNITY Council Executive Committee Co-President, provided the following story.
“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” - 1st Timothy 4:12
As a child I was taught the importance of giving and serving others, these teachings have shaped who I’ve become and my path in life. It is with great pleasure and excitement to share with the UNITY family that in the summer of 2015 I will be traveling abroad to Macedonia and Greece. It’s truly an honor to have been selected to serve and travel with the Arizona State University Chi Alpha Organization overseas. I will be traveling to Macedonia and Greece shortly after the spring semester ends, and my trip will entail establishing a Chi Alpha Organization at the University in Macedonia. In addition, we will be going into the streets helping in any way possible, I will also be doing Hoop Dance performances. This trip to Macedonia isn’t about my benefit but for those that are living in poverty and need a helping hand. My life has been directed and impacted by UNITY and I look forward to bringing awareness to Native America while I’m abroad.
Students from Hopi Jr. and Sr. High School located in Keams Canyon, Arizona, recently visited the UNITY office. The group took a tour of UNITY's national headquarters and listened to a presentation by the Mesa Strength Youth Council. Students also learned more about the Today's Native Leader's Initiative (TNL), which is a Cooperative Agreement between UNITY and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. TNL focuses on culturally relevant leadership development through community service. The Hopi students are interested in establishing themselves as an affiliated youth council, which will allow them to be a part of the National UNITY Council.
The National UNITY Council (NUC) was established in 1992 to serve as the representative arm of the UNITY Network. It is made up of a young man and young woman from each affiliated youth council, who represent their respective youth councils on the NUC. Tribes, schools, and community organizations can reap benefits by tapping the creative, enthusiastic, and insightful ideas and voices of young people through the creation of youth councils. To learn more about the NUC's purpose and structure, please visit the UNITY website, click the tab "Native Youth" and "All About Youth Councils."
Thanks to the Mesa Strength Youth Council for teaming up with the UNITY staff to do ice breakers and make the Hopi students feel welcomed.
ATTENTION UNITY ADVISORS & PARENT: The UNITY staff will host conference calls about what to expect before your journey to the 2015 UNITY Midyear Conference in Washington DC.
Journey to Midyear Conference conference calls are scheduled for:
- January 7, 2015
- January 28, 2015
- February 4, 2015
All calls will take place at 4:00 pm MST / 6:00 pm EST.
To participate, call (513) 386-0000 and, when prompted, enter the code 197214#.