UNITY 2014! Important Info for those needing to get to the host hotels:
Traveling to the Portland Hilton
The airport -- Portland International Airport -- is located within Portland's city limits just south of the Columbia River in Multnomah County, twelve miles by highway northeast of downtown Portland.
Taxi service to the Hilton Portland is available from the airport and costs approximate $25-30.
Taking the MAX (light rail):
The conference hotel (Hilton Portland and Executive Tower) and other locations in downtown Portland are easily accessible from the airport via the MAX Light Rail system. MAX Red Line trains leave the airport for the City Center approximately every 15 minutes between 5 am and midnight. If you would like to use the MAX, make sure to be aware that there is no train service after midnight. The MAX ride from PDX to the City Center takes approximately 40-45 minutes.
Purchase your fare before you board the train. You will need an All-Zones Pass, which is available from vending machines (debit and credit cards accepted) for $2.40. Board the MAX outside of the baggage claim area of the airport. Exit at Pioneer Square North. Walk across Pioneer Courthouse Square towards the South. The Executive Tower is located on SW 6th Avenue at Taylor Street. The Hilton Portland main building is located on SW 6th Avenue, occupying the entire block of SW Taylor Street to SW Salmon Street.
To reach the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland via MAX:
Ride the train to the Lloyd Center stop. After getting off of the train, take a left to the corner (11th Ave) and look to the right. The hotel will be on the opposite side of the street.
The attached Emergency Information Form needs to be completed by all UNITY Conference attendees. This form is required to finalize your registration and participation in the conference. Please print the form, complete it, and submit it at the registration table during the check-in process.
The Emergency Information Form is attached in both Word and PDF formats.
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.