Okla. - Two Cherokee students, Isidoro Sierra Jr. and Raven Bruner,
have been elected to a one-year term to help lead the United National
Indian Tribal Youth Council (UNITY) Executive Board.
of Hulbert, Okla., currently serves as president of the Cherokee
Nation Tribal Youth Council. He is a 2003 graduate of Hulbert High
School and plans to attend Northeastern State University (NSU) in
the fall where he will major in both criminal justice and Native
of Stilwell, Okla., currently serves as secretary of the Cherokee
Nation Tribal Youth Council. She is a 2003 graduate of Stilwell
High School and will also attend NSU in the fall where she will
major in pre-pharmacy.
Bruner, Ravens mother, talked to Indian Country Today about
the goals of UNITY and the two youths position in the organization.
"Our local Cherokee youth council has been a member of UNITY
since 1992," Bruner said. "We have had several members
on the National board since its inception and its always a
great honor to have Cherokee members on the board because it does
involve youths from all over the country. They work as a social
group on different issues that other youth councils send in from
their areas and try to address them to the best of their abilities.
Some of the issues are cultural preservation, higher education,
and drug and alcohol issues.
will also help to plan next years conference. One of their
main goals for Raven and Isidoro is to redo the constitution of
UNITY. They feel it needs some changes."
members have to attend the UNITY National Conference for at least
a year, Raven Bruner attended for five years before she applied.
"They had to file for the position and go through a review
of their accomplishments from their local youth council, their involvement
with community services, and other activities," Reba Bruner
said. "They had to attend the UNITY conference for one year
before they could be considered for office."
Nation Tribal Youth Council members are elected for a two-year term.
Representatives are chosen from each district in the Cherokee Nations
14-county jurisdictional area. Elections for districts 5 - 9 will
be held in October.
be eligible to run for an office, the youth must reside in the district
they are running in, be a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation,
a currently enrolled student, and be committed to attending monthly
meetings. For more information on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth
Council, contact Reba Bruner at (918) 456-0671, ext. 2397. UNITY
is based out of Oklahoma City.