JR Cook has stepped aside as UNITY’s executive director, a position he held since the organization’s birth in 1976. When announcing the transition, JR said, “It’s been quite a journey. I thank the Creator and everyone who has been involved with and helped make UNITY into an organization I’m proud of and have been privileged to serve. I thank Mary Kim Titla, our incoming executive director, for her many years of participation in UNITY; first as a college student, then in various leadership and supportive roles, and now for her willingness to accept the challenge to lead during difficult times. I’m confident that UNITY’s leadership has passed into capable hands.”
Warren Skye, Sr. "Hoin Ja Gwa Gohn" of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, Basom, died Saturday (Aug. 3, 2013) at the Buffalo VA Hospital.
Grandpa Skye, as he was known by his UNITY family, was born April 15, 1923, on the Reservation, a son of the late Owen and Blanche Skye. He was a machinist, a World War II veteran and a member of the American Legion.
Warren was a member of the Wolf Clan and the Long House and he taught the Seneca Language in his home until the day before he died.
He will be remembered by many for the lighting of the UNITY fire to open most of the National UNITY Conferences since 1995, when he and grandson SleepyEye LaFromboise first conducted the ceremony. After learning of his passing, JR Cook, former UNITY Executive Director stated, "He made a lasting contribution with his gift of the fire."
Cards may be sent to: Warren Skye, Jr, 130 S. Swan Street, Batavia, NY 14020
"A fire burns within us and has so since the beginning of time. We must continue to strengthen it and keep it bright for generations to come." Grandpa Warren Skye, Conference Elder, Fire Keeper.
More than 1200 Native American youth from throughout the U.S. participated in regional caucus meetings, held elections and selected a national male Co-President and female Co-President during the National UNITY Conference last week in Los Angeles. Nataanii Bahozhonii Hatathlie, 19, Navajo, is the new male Co-President and Dominique Lombardi, 20, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, is the new female Co-President. They will work with 10 regional representatives addressing Native youth issues during the next year as part of the National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee.
To remain in good standing as a UNITY Affiliate, each youth council must pay an annual fee of $25.00. If your youth council has not paid this fee, please do so as soon as possible. Those attending the National UNITY Conference in California later in the month may make this payment during conference registration.
A completed youth council application form must accompany the payment. Youth councils that have previously gone through the application process and are now affiliated but just need to pay the fee may do so by updating the information requested on the form and returning it along with a check or money order to UNITY, either at the conference or by mailing to the address on the application form.
An unaffiliated youth group may organize a youth council by following the guidelines set out in the attached documents.
If you have questions, please call the UNITY office or send a message by using the Contact form available on this website.
Based on pre-conference registrations and hotel rooms booked, the 2013 National UNITY Conference is expected to be sold out with a 1,200 capacity crowd!
If you are planning to attend the conference and have not sent in your registration form, please do so as soon as possible (even if you plan to pay onsite). You may fax the completed forms to the UNITY office at (405) 971-1071. The conference registration form may be downloaded here.
Conference badges must be worn at all times this year so it is important everyone pre-registers.