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Annual National Conference to Reconnect Native Youth and Celebrate 45 Years

UNITY registration discount and workshop submission deadline is June 11. Hotel discount deadline is June 23.


Mesa, Ariz. – Discounted registration is open for the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) national conference, to be held in person, July 2-6, in Dallas, Texas. With the theme "45 Years of Building Resilient Leaders and Lifelong Connections," the conference will feature Chance Rush (Hidatsa), actor, trainer, motivational speaker, and comedian; Tia Wood (Cree/Salish), dancer, singer, and TikTok star; Hud Oberly (Comanche/Osage/Caddo) creative director for Urban Native Era; and Norma Baker Flying Horse (Hidatsa/Dakota Sioux/Assiniboine), fashion designer for Red Berry Woman.

"After a year of virtual meetings and online events, we are thrilled to be able to come together in person for our national conference," said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY executive director. "With so many of our conference traditions, speakers, and trainers returning, this will be an extraordinary event and a time for reconnection, reflection, and healing."

In addition to our featured speakers, UNITY trainers Robert Johnston (Choctaw/Muscogee Creek), Dr. Pearl Yellowman (Navajo), Marcus Guinn (Osage/Potawatomi/Puerto Rican), and Juanita Toledo (Jemez Pueblo) will return to lead breakout sessions and workshops.

UNITY is dedicated to providing a safe environment for those participating in the conference. With this in mind, registration spots are limited, and once capacity is reached, the registration portal will close. On-site registration will not be available this year; all registrations must be completed online before the conference start date. Register by Friday, June 11, to save $50 on the registration fee. The host hotel, Sheraton Dallas Hotel, will accept reservations under the UNITY group discount through June 23.

UNITY is also accepting workshop presenter submissions. Applications for workshops will be accepted through June 11.

Conference sponsorship opportunities are still available, including a unique tribal leader cut-out option. Current sponsors include Bank of America, Poarch Band of Creeks, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Salesforce, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Bowman Performance Consulting, Titan Facilities LLC, The Chickasaw Nation, Three Affiliated Tribes (MHA). Event partners include Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Dallas Indian Mission, American Indian Graduate Center, Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Additional support was provided by Arizona Public Service (APS), Common Counsel Foundation, RPM Foundation, Inc., and private donations.

For more information and to register, visit UNITY's website at or call (480) 718-9793.


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