MESA, ARIZONA — On Monday, December 30, 2013, the United National Indian Tribal Youth organization, most commonly known as UNITY, held its official grand opening and open house of the NEW national UNITY headquarters located in Mesa, Arizona.
UNITY is a national organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among American Indian and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 14 – 24. Its network currently includes 132 affiliated youth councils in 35 states. Youth councils are sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges and other community organizations.
More than 300 attended the celebration including UNITY youth executive council leadership from throughout the country, youth councils, tribal and elected leadership, community leaders and friends of UNITY.
Attendees toured the new office, which located to Arizona from Oklahoma. Memorabilia including newspapers, trophies, photos and apparel were placed throughout the office, giving visitors a snapshot of UNITY’s 37-year history.
Official warm welcomes were given by respected leaders including: Governor Greg Mendoza (Gila River Indian Community/UNITY Trustee), Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Vice President Bernadette Burnette (Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation), Councilman Joshua Lavar Butler (Navajo Nation), Councilman Christopher Glover (City of Mesa), President Diane Enos (Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community), Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay and Arizona State Representative Jamescita Peshlakai.
UNITY youth council presentations were made by the Yavapai-Apache Nation Youth Council, Page High School UNITY Council, Hualapai Tribe Youth Council, Cesar Chavez Youth Council and Pascua Yaqui Lutu’uria Youth Group. Attendees were also treated to performances by the Akimel O’odham Pee Posh Youth Council, the Morning Star Youth Council and Radmilla Cody (Navajo), 2013 Grammy Nominee.