Brian Weedin, Mashpee Wampanoag, and Sarah Scott, Lummi, are the new co-presidents of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee.
Weedin, 21, is chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Committee and past chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council. Scott, 20, is a longtime member of the Lummi Youth Leadership Council and former vice president of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee.
UNITY—United National Indian Tribal Youth—is an organization of 145 youth councils in 35 states. UNITY is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native American youth. The executive director is Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache, former TV reporter and a 2008 candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona.
For 38 years, the National UNITY Conference has brought Native youth leaders together for a five-day conference of motivational messages, team-building exercises, cultural exchange, and commitment to build positive change in the world. The 2014 annual conference was June 28 to July 3 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The UNITY Midyear Conference is scheduled for Feb. 11 to 15, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
At the conference in Oregon, youth representatives of UNITY affiliated youth councils elected new officers of the executive committee. Weeden and Scott will work during their one-year term with the following 10 regional representatives (listed in alphabetical order):
Alexandria GreyBull, 19, Fort Peck Dakota, Great Plains Region representative
Julian Juan, 22, Tohono O’odham, Western Region representative
Sydnee Kopke, 17, Saginaw Chippewa, Midwest Region representative
Dominique Lombardi, 21, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Pacific Region representative
Jacob Long, Eastern Band Cherokee, Southeast Region representative
Sequoia Obe, 20, Alabama-Coushatta, Southern Plains Region representative
Hamilton Seymour, 15, Nooksack, Northwest Region representative
Claullen Tillman, 19, Eastern Shoshone, Rocky Mountains Region representative
Alex Toledo, 19, Jemez Pueblo, Southwest Region representative
Sassamin Weeden, 20, Mashpee Wampanoag, Northeast Region representative