What is UNITY Council?

Created on May 19, 2016, the Gun Lake Tribe UNITY Council is a council composed of Tribal Youth and an Executive Board structured to focus on promoting personal development, citizenship and leadership among Native American youth.

Definition of UNITY

UNITY is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship and leadership among Native American youth.


Mission Statements

The Gun Lake Tribe UNITY Council shall be organized for the purpose of:

  • Providing a representative voice for Native youth over whom the Gun Lake Tribe may exercise governmental responsibilities;
  • Serving as a means of coordinating the actions of the Native youth, other Gun Lake Tribe community members and Gun Lake organizations and mobilizing them toward positive goals;
  • Promoting the development of future Tribal leaders;
  • Promoting and developing Pottawatomi culture, language, pride and identity;
  • Coordinating community service projects; 
  • Providing opportunities for Native youth to interact for fun and fellowship; and
  • Encouraging educational attainment.

UNITY Mission:

The UNITY Mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth and to help build a strong, unified and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement.


Statistics of Current UNITY Council

2016: So far there are 31 youth signed up for the UNITY Council. 29 of those youth are Gun Lake Tribal Citizens. There are a total of 113 Gun Lake Citizens within the age range of 12-21. The Gun Lake Tribe's UNITY Council has reached 25.7% of the entire youth population, 25.7% of the youth in the five-county service area and 22.0% of the youth living outside of the service area.

2017: So far there are 38 youth signed up for the UNITY Council. 31 of those youth are Gun Lake Tribal Citizens. There are a total of 118 Gun Lake Citizens within the age range of 12-21 and 78 within the five-county service area. The Gun Lake Tribe UNITY Council has reached 26.3% of the entire youth population, 28.2% of the youth living in the five-county service area and 22.5% of the youth living outside of the service area.