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Meet Mariah Gladstone, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Mariah GladstoneMariah Gladstone, 21 
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Blackfeet
Helena, Montana

In order to preserve this planet and ensure that our children have clean water to drink and fresh air to breathe, it’s essential that we begin acting now. It starts personally, by taking shorter showers, using reusable shopping bags, replacing light bulbs with CFLs, and other small steps. Then there is the larger ones like pushing legislation that encourages environmental protections (while also respecting indigenous rights). As Native peoples, we are inherently political; our existence is tied to treaties which define us as sovereign entities. As such, it is essential that we exercise that responsibility. There are cases where legislature and the politics that colonialism and brought us will not work. In these cases, there is not always an easy answer. But I have faith that my indigenous brothers and sisters will physically protect our mother earth if ever a conflict arose. Keystone XL will be stopped with Native-made road blocks (if the idea doesn’t trickle away on its own). Indigenous youth must also make every effort to be well spoken. We must walk in the world of a colonial nation and our traditional worlds. We must represent ourselves as ambassadors and advocates and interpreters. We should strive to become educated in math and science and culture. Our minds are our bows and arrows and our cultures are our shields. As Native youth, we must always remember that a good planet is mighty hard to find.

Meet SuSun Fisher, UNITY Earth Ambassador

SuSun FisherSuSun Fisher, 16 
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Grande Ronde, Oregon

SuSun Fisher is a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon. At the age of 16, Miss Fisher represents her Tribe as Miss Siletz 2014-2015 and is currently on her 3rd reign as tribal royalty. She attends Chemawa Indian School where she will be starting her junior year this fall. SuSun is very active within her community. She is Female Co-President of the Siletz Tribal Youth Council and a member of the Chemawa Youth Coalition that plans activities that benefit the environment and community. In 2014, she was chosen as a UNITY “25 under 25” youth leadership award recipient. This past December she was selected as a Youth Ambassador for the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference. As a UNITY Earth Ambassador, SuSun intends to plan events and projects concerning the environmental issues in her community. She believes this will be a great opportunity for not only herself, but the youth in her community to become more aware of the environmental issues of their native lands. SuSun is excited to work with her fellow Earth Ambassadors and youth on creating great change within each community.

Meet Henry Birk Albert, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Henry Birk Albert

Henry Birk Albert, 16
Koyukon Athabaskan
Koyukon Athabascan of The Native Village of Ruby, Alaska

I am Birk Albert, 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.

Meet Kristine Baker, UNITY Earth Ambassador

Kristine Baker

Kristine Baker, 16
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Belcourt, North Dakota

We are all familiar with the environment. It is all around us. It is everything which surrounds us naturally and affects our daily lives on the earth. Everything comes under an environment, the air which we breathe every moment, the water which we use for our daily routine, plants, animals and other living things. Any type of disturbance in the nature’s balance affects the environment totally which ruins the human lives. Our environment is getting affected to a great extent by the means of air pollution, noise pollution, water pollution, soil pollution. We all must take an oath together to protect our natural environment to keep it safe. Read More

Thirteen Earth Ambassadors Named During National Conference

The remaining 13 members, of the UNITY Earth Ambassadors class of 2015 – 2016, were announced during the recent National UNITY Conference. This brings the size of the class to 25. The new Earth Ambassadors are:

  • Henry Birk Albert (Koyukon Athabaskan)
  • Kristine Baker (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians)
  • SuSun Fisher (Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians)
  • Mariah Gladstone (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
  • Wyatt Goggles (Eastern Shoshone)
  • Kenaba Hatathlie (Navajo)
  • Jessica McCool (Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians)
  • Xavier Medina (Pascua Yaqui)
  • Nadira Mitchell (Navajo)
  • Ryan Stiffarm (San Carlos Apache/Acoma/Gros Ventre)
  • Rory Wheeler (Seneca Nation of Indians)
  • Tomas WhiteAntelope (Northern Arapaho/Lummi)
  • Erica Woody (Navajo)

Congratulations to all member of the class!

Meet the UNITY Earth Ambassador Class of 2015

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 AlbertHenry 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.

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UNITY Announces Newest Members of Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program

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.

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UNITY Earth Ambassador Applications Being Accepted

Applications Now Being Accepted for the UNITY Earth Ambassador Program. Apply online HERE.

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UNITY Announces Earth Ambassador Program

Earth Ambassador Call in Washington DCMesa, AZ— Native youth have a unique opportunity to serve as Earth Ambassadors for the next nine-months as part of an environmental stewardship program just announced by the national UNITY organization.  UNITY, also known as United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc., is a national organization that promotes personal development, citizenship, and leadership among American Indian and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 14 – 24. With one of the largest and oldest American Indian youth leadership networks in North America, UNITY has 155 affiliated youth councils in 35 states. Youth councils are sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges and other community organizations.

The UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program, partially funded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, will offer 25 Native youth, who have demonstrated leadership potential, shown an interest in protecting the environment, and have been active in community service projects, an opportunity to learn more about environmental issues and how to become effective ambassadors for the protection of the earth’s environment. The inaugural 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.

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Earn a Free Trip to the National UNITY Conference! Deadline Extended for Earth Ambassador Program to May 20, 2015

The online UNITY Earth Ambassador Program Application is now available HERE.
Deadline Extended for Earth Ambassador Program to May 20, 2015

Earth Ambassador Call in Washington DCMesa, AZ— Native youth have a unique opportunity to serve as Earth Ambassadors for the next nine-months as part of an environmental stewardship program just announced by the national UNITY organization.  UNITY, also known as United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc., is a national organization that promotes personal development, citizenship, and leadership among American Indian and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 14 – 24. With one of the largest and oldest American Indian youth leadership networks in North America, UNITY has 155 affiliated youth councils in 35 states. Youth councils are sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges and other community organizations.

The UNITY Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program, partially funded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, will offer 25 Native youth, who have demonstrated leadership potential, shown an interest in protecting the environment, and have been active in community service projects, an opportunity to learn more about environmental issues and how to become effective ambassadors for the protection of the earth’s environment. The inaugural 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.

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