News Releases – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY celebrates Earth Day by announcing its 2021 Native American youth Earth Ambassadors cohort

UNITY has announced the 2021-2022 class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors. The environmental stewardship and leadership program, which began in the 1990s, provides Native American youth with training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Indian country. Through the program, the ambassadors will learn effective methods to raise awareness and youth engagement 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 covered by previous cohorts have included recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration.

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UNITY’s Annual Midyear Leadership Conference Returns Virtually for 2021

Registration is free for the online conference, which will feature guest speakers Kylee Russell and Hud Oberly

UNITY will hold its annual midyear conference virtually on April 23-24, 2021. Building on the success of its first-ever virtual national conference, the online event will engage Native youth from across the country through workshops, breakout sessions, music, and cultural sharing.

Participants will hear from guest speakers Kylee Russell (Lenape), an accomplished young actress who stars on several Disney projects and is also a singer, songwriter, and dancer, and Hud Oberly(Osage/Caddo/Comanche), creative director for Urban Native Era. Registration for the conference is free and includes complimentary registration for two additional UNITY webinars on March 27 and April 9 and a virtual youth event with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) on April 22 where UNITY’s 2021 Class of Earth Ambassadors will be announced. Read More

Applications Now Open for the 2021 UNITY Earth Ambassadors Program

Mesa, Az – United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has announced that the application process is now open for the 2021 cohort of its Earth Ambassadors Leadership Program. The environmental stewardship program, established in the 1990s, engages Native American and Alaska Native youth in training sessions and informational workshops to increase their knowledge of environmental issues affecting Native America, learn to serve as ambassadors to increase awareness of the issues affecting the environmental quality on Native lands, and promote efforts to address environmental concerns within the nation’s Native communities representatives and lawmakers.

APPLICATION DEADLINE is March 5, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. MST. Read More

Read UNITY’s Annual Report

2020 is a year many will remember for different reasons. 

In UNITY’s second annual report, you will read how the organization navigated through an unprecedented pandemic. When challenges abound, teamwork is key. This past year so many people stepped up to the plate to ensure UNITY stayed the course to reach Native youth around the country. To sum it up in a few words, it’s been a year of opportunities. In this annual report, you will read about:

  • The Top Ten Issues selected by Native youth
  • Resolutions to promote healing and revitalize cultural environmental teachings
  • A Congressional Oversight Hearing to address mental health issues
  • Webinars featuring Native youth movers and shakers
  • Innovative trainings developed for youth by youth
  • Town Halls addressing safety and advocacy

… and more. Read More

UNITY and Nike N7 to Host “Hear Us. See Us. Rise Together” Webinar with Native American Athletes

November 13, 2020
Media Contact: Cassidy Rue | 623.692.6818

UNITY and Nike N7 to Host “Hear Us. See Us. Rise Together” Webinar with Native American Athletes
The webinar featuring Native American athletes Shauna Long, Madison Hammond and Lindy Waters III will focus on using sports to create positive change

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UNITY Announces Series of Educational Webinars this Fall 2020

Leaders will cover topic relevant to Native youth like voting, virtual learning and social media.

October 5, 2020 – Mesa, AZ – United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will hold a series of webinars this fall that will further its mission of fostering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native Youth. Read More

UNITY’s First-Ever Virtual Conference Inspires Native Youth from Across the Country

The annual leadership event featured speakers including Congresswomen Deb Haaland (New Mexico) and Sharice Davids (Kansas), recording artists Jewel, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, Radmilla Cody, filmmaker Kyle Bell and more.
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UNITY Virtual Conference to lead-off with Congresswomen Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids

The country’s first Native American congresswomen will speak at the first general session, along with Native American actor Tatanka Means.

UNITY will kick off its first-ever virtual national conference on Thursday, June 25, at 2 p.m. PT, with a general session featuring three prestigious guest presenters. United States congresswomen Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas, the country’s first two Native American congresswomen, and award-winning Native American actor, stand-up comedian, and motivational speaker Tatanka Means will share inspirational words for Native youth and families. Read More

A message from Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director for the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY)

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We join countless communities across the nation in denouncing the senseless murder of George Floyd, and racial discrimination of any kind, by any individual or group. We grieve with Mr. Floyd’s family and all of America and demand justice and accountability.

It’s all too familiar. Research shows that minorities, including Native Americans and Black Americans, face a higher lifetime risk of brutality by police. Tolerance has been exhausted, and we will not remain silent.

Like a vast number of Native Americans and people of color, I have been the subject of racial slurs and have witnessed police brutality firsthand; it hurts beyond what my words can ever express. The scarring will last my lifetime.

We must come together to acknowledge the pain, acknowledge marginalization, acknowledge injustice, and work together to create unity.

I believe our youth and their passionate desire for a world of justice and mutual respect are the conduits to positive change. They are not only the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of TODAY. Let us all invest time and provide a safe platform for supportive dialogue with our young people so that we can heal and end the suffering of historical and generational inequities.

Let us never forget the name George Floyd or any other person who has suffered at the hands of hate.

Prayerfully, I stand with those who want what is right.

Mary Kim Titla

Founded in 1976, UNITY is the oldest and largest Native American and Alaska Native youth leadership development organization in the country.

25 Under 25 youth leaders in Indian Country Announced

Mesa, AZ – May 1, 2020 — UNITY is pleased to announce the fourth class of its “25 under 25 Native Youth Leaders” national recognition program that honors Native American and Alaskan Native youth. The program, launched in 2014, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of 25 outstanding Native youth leaders under the age 25, every other year. These Native youth leaders exemplify UNITY’s core mission and exudes living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being. Read More