UNITY NorthEastern Regional Youth Network – UNITY, Inc.

UNITY NorthEastern Regional Youth Network

NorthEastern Region is for UNITY Youth Councils & Affiliated Individual Members who live in: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

CONNECT NE: Are you a community member or Native youth serving resource located in one of the above states?! We want to reach out and provide valuable regional resources to our UNITY youth ages 14-24 years old. Please reach out to share your information by emailing: Northeast@unityinc.org and la.buford@unityinc.org to be featured on your Regional Page!

If you know of a deserving youth or group doing amazing things locally, let UNITY know so we can share their accomplishments with others here!

National UNITY Council Members of each UNITY-affiliated youth council appoint two individuals (one young woman, one young man) to serve as their representatives on the National UNITY Council (NUC). Native youth throughout the United States, who are UNITY affiliates, elect individuals to serve as Area Representatives on the National UNITY Council Executive Committee. The ten geographical areas are as follows:  Great Plains, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, Southern Plains, Southwest, and Western.

NE Youth Leaders: At the heart of UNITY is Peer Leadership! By uplifting our Peer’s accomplishments, we are able to support other Native youth who may be struggling. Below are UNITY Youth Leaders currently serving in your region! Reach out to them Today! They are available to help you brainstorm ideas for community service and engagement.



Meet Your NorthEastern UNITY Youth Leaders

2019-2020 NUC Northeast Regional Rep. | William Mosley is of the Naticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation from Bridgeton, NJ. He has previously been a member of the New Dawn Youth Council and Morning Star Leaders Youth Council. Will has also been President of the Native American Awareness Club at his high school and fought to be the first graduate to wear a feather at graduation. He has represented his people from up and down the East Coast to Arizona, and even to Ontario, Canada. Will has been a strong advocate for prioritizing Culture and Language within his community and other Nations. Recently, Will has organized a Lenape youth panel at the Lunaapeew Heritage Days in Moraviantown, Canada. For the past 5 years, Will has been participating in weekly Big House meetings discussing the importance of culture, traditions and the Lenapewosi lifestyle that he believes will help solve many problems within his community and the world. UNITY has helped bring out the best in Will and he hopes to return the favor.

UNITY Peer Guide 2018-2021 | Rory Wheeler is of the Seneca Nation, NY is also a former UNITY Earth Ambassador alumnus and 25 Under 25 Awardee. “I would tell a fellow Native youth who struggles to see themselves as a leader that even if we don’t know it, we are a people of leadership, where it’s within us. I would also tell them that our people went through struggles that we today couldn’t even imagine fighting. But, they still persevered and fought for all that we have today” said Wheeler.

Rory Wheeler is a citizen of the Seneca Nation and descendent of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Cayuse). Rory uses his unique work, life, and professional experiences to protect tribal sovereignty, educating and advocating to lawmakers on tribal issues, improving the perception of indigenous peoples, especially in empowering fellow young people to better shape their communities through cultural resiliency. Rory also serves as the Youth Commission Co-President for the National Congress of American Indians and the Youth Advisory Board Vice Chairman for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, and the Board of Directors for the Association on American Indian Affairs. He is pursuing his education at Niagara University studying Pre-Law/Political Science and is an volunteer emergency medical technician for his nation.

UNITY Earth Ambassador | Attaquin Weeden is a proud member of the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts and studied accounting at Community College of Rhode Island. He returned to Mashpee where he embraced his interest in cultural preservation and environmental stewardship. He participated in field archeology school through the University of Massachusetts and now he is employed with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Historic preservation Department as a Cultural Resource Monitor. Attaquin’s platform is focused on environmental and cultural preservation. He works to educate others about the importance of keeping our land and water resources clean and to continue to practice the cultural teachings of his people that support environmental stewardship. He organizes river and roadside trash collection events and helps his team at the tribal cultural resources center to share information about the importance of keeping our environment clean and healthy so the plants and animals, in turn, can remain healthy contributors to the local ecosystem.

Rachaya Lane2018- 2019 NUC Northeast Regional Rep. | Rachaya Lane-Jette is a enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah and served on the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Youth Council as the Community Liaison. Rachaya will be working toward her B.A in Health Science at Anna Maria College and currently is finishing up her EMT certification. Ms.Lane-Jette would like to take her degree and help give back to her community. Her passion comes from her late grandfather Vincent Jette and taking care of him while he was sick. Rachaya has been attending UNITY for the past five years and has attended the White House Tribal Youth Gathering, UNITY TNL training in Boston, MA and the annual Mid Year and National conferences. She is ready to move on to her next chapter in life to continue serving her community and indian country!.

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee | Dyan Melvin (Hopi) Lincoln, NE Growing up on the Hopi reservation from pre-school through high school, Dyan believes firmly that he will get out of his goals what he puts into it. This motivation is what drove him to attend undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a national top 10 university. His goal is to obtain a master’s degree in civil engineering with a structural specialty at the University of Arizona. However, this goal does not end with a master’s degree from the University of Arizona but continues with professional engineering licensing from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and structural engineering licensing from the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI).

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee | Keturah Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe) Mashpee, MA
Keturah was an active member of her youth council and has served as Vice President for the past two years as well as being an active member of our Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project. Other than tribal activities, she has been very involved with her school and community as well as maintaining high standing grades. As a result of her involvement, community service, and academic achievement, she will be attending the University of Pennsylvania where she will major in Nursing; following her passion for helping people and interests in math and sciences.

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee | Chelsea Wilson (Cherokee) Alexandria, VA Chelsea Wilson, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, graduated from the University of Denver in 2012. Though her career path began in one of the Cherokee Nation’s casinos, she eventually worked on federal policy for her tribe’s government. In this role she wrote congressional testimony, created a voter engagement project that registered many new and first time voters and developed a legislative portfolio with issue areas including economic development, healthcare and education. Chelsea recently moved from Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Washington D.C. where she is proud to have served as Legislative Assistant at the Native American Contractors Association..

UNITY 25 Under 25 Awardee | W. Alex Wesaw (Pokagon Band Potawatomi) Athens, OH Alex earned his Master’s of Public Administration from Ohio University and his Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning, focusing on Community & Economic Development, at The Ohio State University. His Bachelor’s was in Communication, concentrating on Organizational Communication & Public Advocacy. When at college, Alex was heavily involved in tribal affairs at the local level, he serves as the Treasurer on the Senior Youth Council and the Secretary of the Apprenticeship Steering Committee of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. On the national level, Alex served as the Co-President of the Youth Commission of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and is an inaugural member of the National Native Youth Cabinet within the Policy Research Center of NCAI. Additionally, Alex serves as a director on the board of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Lastly, Alex’s goal in this lifetime is to make meaningful change in society; he attended the fifth annual White House Tribal Leaders Summit with UNITY which solidified Alex’s passion, desire, and drive to make meaningful, lasting, change in society.