UNITY “25 Under 25” Honorees Announced

UNITY LogoInaugural Class of Native American Youth to be Honored June 28
at UNITY National Conference in Portland, Oregon

MESA, ARIZONA – United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has announced the 2014 inaugural class of its new national youth leadership recognition program, the “25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards”. The awards program is designed to celebrate the achievements of Native American and Alaskan Native youth ages 14 to 24 who embody contact the UNITY headquarters at (480) 718-9793.

UNITY’s core mission and exude living a balanced life developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.

Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony during the UNITY National Conference taking place June 28 – July 3 in Portland, Oregon, with each receiving a hand-made beaded “25 Under 25” medallion. There, they will join more than 1,300 Native youth who are converging at the National Conference for a full week of youth leadership development, featuring Tribal leaders, expert trainers, and Native youth peers from throughout the country.

“We are thrilled to announce and congratulate our first class of the UNITY 25 Under 25 awards program” said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY. She added, “Our regional voting panelists had a major task, vetting each candidate and narrowing the field to those who stood-out and exemplified what the UNITY organization has stood for, for the past 38 years. We look forward to seeing the honorees in Portland, and I encourage everyone to congratulate these outstanding individuals for putting their best foot forward in representing our Tribal communities and Native youth leadership.”

In addition to being recognized, each awardee will receive special training by UNITY over the period of one year that is designed to build on their individual achievements. The inaugural class will be recognized as UNITY ambassadors, serving as stellar examples of Native youth leadership in Indian Country today.

Biographies of each individual will be published in the official UNITY National Conference program, as well as on the UNITY website, www.unityinc.org. Name, photograph, tribal affiliation, hometown and age of each of the 25 Under 25 can be found below.

Nominations for the next 25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards will open in Spring of 2015. For additional information about UNITY, and how you can get involved, please contact the UNITY headquarters at (480) 718-9793.

Nathalie Tomasik (Cherokee) Tahlequah, OK Age: 19 Years Old

Nathalie Tomasik
(Cherokee)
Tahlequah, OK
Age: 19 Years Old

Haley Trefon (Dena’ina Athabascan Indian) Sterling, AK Age: 16 Years Old

Haley Trefon
(Dena’ina Athabascan Indian)
Sterling, AK
Age: 16 Years Old

W. Alex Wesaw (Pokagon Band Potawatomi) Athens, OH Age: 24 Years Old

W. Alex Wesaw
(Pokagon Band Potawatomi)
Athens, OH
Age: 24 Years Old

Keturah Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe) Mashpee, MA Age: 18 Years Old

Keturah Peters
(Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe)
Mashpee, MA
Age: 18 Years Old

Dyan Melvin (Hopi) Lincoln, NE Age: 24 Years Old

Dyan Melvin
(Hopi)
Lincoln, NE
Age: 24 Years Old

Megan LaRose (Navajo) Scottsdale, AZ Age: 16 Years Old

Megan LaRose
(Navajo)
Scottsdale, AZ
Age: 16 Years Old

Lauren McLester-Davis (Oneida) De Pere, WI Age: 16 Years Old

Lauren McLester-Davis
(Oneida)
De Pere, WI
Age: 16 Years Old

Leslie Locklear (Lumbee and Waccamaw Siouan)  Red Springs, NC Age: 23 Years Old

Leslie Locklear
(Lumbee and Waccamaw Siouan)
Red Springs, NC
Age: 23 Years Old

Savannah Ingram (Kalapuya, Umpqua, Chinook and Rogue River) Gresham, OR Age: 18 Years Old

Savannah Ingram
(Kalapuya, Umpqua, Chinook and Rogue River)
Gresham, OR
Age: 18 Years Old

Jewel Honga (Hualapai) Flagstaff, AZ Age: 24 Years Old

Jewel Honga
(Hualapai)
Flagstaff, AZ
Age: 24 Years Old

Nataanii Bahozhonii Hatathlie (Navajo) Kirtland, NM Age: 20 Years Old

Nataanii Bahozhonii Hatathlie
(Navajo)
Kirtland, NM
Age: 20 Years Old

SuSun Fisher (Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians) Grand Ronde, OR Age: 15 Years Old

SuSun Fisher
(Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians)
Grand Ronde, OR
Age: 15 Years Old

Collin Church (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians) Allegan, MI Age: 19 Years Old

Collin Church
(Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians)
Allegan, MI
Age: 19 Years Old

Taylor Ann Charlie (Navajo/Sandia Pueblo) Phoenix, AZ Age: 17 Years Old

Taylor Ann Charlie
(Navajo/Sandia Pueblo)
Phoenix, AZ
Age: 17 Years Old

Kelly Charley (Navajo) Teec Nos Pos, AZ Age: 15 Years Old

Kelly Charley
(Navajo)
Teec Nos Pos, AZ
Age: 15 Years Old

Dahkota Brown (Wilton Rancheria) Jackson, CA Age: 15 Years Old

Dahkota Brown
(Wilton Rancheria)
Jackson, CA
Age: 15 Years Old

Maria Bartlett (Pascua Yaqui) Phoenix, AZ Age: 19 Years Old

Maria Bartlett
(Pascua Yaqui)
Phoenix, AZ
Age: 19 Years Old

Teressa Baldwin (Inupiaq Eskimo) Kotzebue, AK Age: 20 Years Old

Teressa Baldwin
(Inupiaq Eskimo)
Kotzebue, AK
Age: 20 Years Old

Layha Spoonhunter (Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho and Oglala Lakota) Fort Washakie, WY Age: 24 Years Old

Layha Spoonhunter
(Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho and Oglala Lakota)
Fort Washakie, WY
Age: 24 Years Old

Sarah Jo Schilling (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians) Petoskey, MI Age: 20 Years Old

Sarah Jo Schilling
(Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians)
Petoskey, MI
Age: 20 Years Old

 

Chelsea Wilson (Cherokee) Alexandria, VA Age: 24 Years Old

Chelsea Wilson
(Cherokee)
Alexandria, VA
Age: 24 Years Old

TaNeel Real Bird (White Clay Tribes/Ft. Belknap, Nakoda and Apsaalooke)  Harlem, MT Age: 19 Years Old

TaNeel Real Bird
(White Clay Tribes/Ft. Belknap, Nakoda and Apsaalooke)
Harlem, MT
Age: 19 Years Old

Desirae Rambler (San Carlos Apache) Bylas, AZ Age: 22 Years Old

Desirae Rambler
(San Carlos Apache)
Bylas, AZ
Age: 22 Years Old

Drew Phillips (Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi) Battle Creek, MI Age: 22 Years Old

Drew Phillips
(Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi)
Battle Creek, MI
Age: 22 Years Old

Dallas Pinkham (Yakama) Seattle, WA Age: 23 Years Old

Dallas Pinkham
(Yakama)
Seattle, WA
Age: 23 Years Old

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