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2021 Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year Award Apply now

2020 Awardee Mel Perves

Do you know a UNITY alumnus who should be recognized for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the Native American community? UNITY is accepting nominations for its prestigious Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year award. Application deadline is on June 18, 2021.


Nominate Your Advisor for the 2021 JR Cook Advisor of the Year Award

Your Advisor does so much for your community. Will you nominate them for the Advisor of the Year award? Effective and successful youth councils consistently have one key ingredient in common; an advisor who is involved, provides wise counsel and guidance, and is willing to work closely with youth council members as they make and carry out their decisions and related activities.
Nominations are due on June 18, 2021.

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Seeking Applications from Four Regions: Join the Executive Committee Today

Thank you to those who have applied for the 2021-22 Executive Committee!
We are still seeking applications from the following regions who have not had any applications. This year is the first time that youth do NOT have to attend the National UNITY Conference in person to run. Virtual options have been made available for youth to participate in the elections remotely. The Deadline has been extended to June 18, 2021. 

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HILI Resource: Helping Children of Color Heal from Collective Trauma

The UNITY Peer Guides are dedicated to providing resources to Native youth who have been impacted by crime and trauma in their past. We believe Native youth with this lived resilience are the leaders we need to help heal our communities. The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative (HILI) is excited to share the “Helping Children of Color Heal from Collective Trauma,” resource from Pepperdine University.   This resource defines collective trauma and outlines reactions and symptoms based on a child’s age. It also discusses how to support a child of color who is recovering from collective trauma by explaining: how to create safe spaces for children, how to help a child process their emotions, and how a counselor or therapist can help with recovery. Read More

Seeking Native Youth Serving Organizations to lead Workshops & Exhibitor Booths in Dallas

UNITY’s 2021 National Conference happening July 2-6, 2021, in Dallas, Texas!
Would your organization like to do outreach to Native youth from across the country? Attend the National UNITY Conference by registering as an exhibitor. Spaces are limited this year. UNITY serves Native American and Alaska Native youth ages 14-24 years old. Your content should be appealing and directed to youth in this age range. There is high interest for Peer-to-Peer workshops. Youth and youth councils are encouraged to submit proposals.
We suggest organizations register this month to secure booth space.
There will be two options: 1) attend for four days or 2) participate for one-day pass during the Education and Career Fair Expo as an exhibitor.  The workshop applications are due on June 4th. Priority for workshop selection will be given to registered exhibitors. Register Today and Submit a Workshop Proposal !

Indian Country Today “UNITY Is Magical”

Executive Director Mary Kim Titla was featured during a recent Indian Country Today’s broadcast to discuss UNITY’s 45 years of service to Native youth. Mary Kim spoke about UNITY milestones, alumni and how Native youth are actively engaged in addressing tribal issues including COVID-19. Click Here to Watch the Newscast Read More

UNITY Co-Presidents Meet with the White House

On Monday, April 26, Special Assistant to the President for Native Affairs, Libby Washburn (Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma), Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs and Director of Tribal Affairs at The White House, PaaWee Rivera (Pueblo of Pojoaque), Department of Interior’s Indian Water Rights Office Deputy Director Tracy Goodluck (Oneida, Mvskoke) and Associate Director at The White House Office of Public Engagement, Hannah Bristol joined a virtual listening session with Native American youth from across the country to discuss their priorities. This listening session was held in partnership with the  United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc, the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Read More

NUC EC Passes a Resolution to Reaffirm I Will Live Campaign for 2021

In efforts to bring further attention to suicide prevention in the midst of the global Pandemic, the National UNITY Council reaffirmed the “I Will Live” Initiative during the 2021 Business Meeting.  The NUC encourages all UNITY affiliated Youth Councils to share updated resources with their communities. The EC aims to inspire collective action, to bring about Native wellness and empower others to actively pursue a balanced lifestyle.
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Diné Bizaad’s Role in Recycling

UNITY Earth Ambassador submission by Binaahozhoonii Daisey Howard, 15, Navajo (Dine) / Zuni. Learn how she plans to empower Native youth to action as environmental advocates in New Mexico. “Being an indigenous advocate is to speak on behalf of our sacred Mother Earth. As an UNITY Earth Ambassadors, we are teachers to those that do no know all the environmental issues in Indian Country. We need to educate people how to start learning to heal our sacred Mother Earth.” Read More

Littlecreek’s Sustainable Indigenous Fashion Project

Did you know: When you buy inexpensive but fashionable clothes, also known as fast fashion, you help to create over 92 million tons of waste produced per year and 79 trillion litres of water consumed?  UNITY Youth Sadie Littlecreek, Absentee Shawnee, who currently attends the University of Oklahoma, is creating awareness about the problem with the fast fashion industry. 
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