th, 2016 January 24
Urban Native Education Alliance (UNEA) is elated to announce we are the recipients of the Notah Begay Foundation 3 (NB3F) ‘Capacity Building Grant’ in the amount of $20,000. UNEA is honored to have the opportunity to collaboratively develop a ‘Community Needs Assessment’ for addressing obesity and diabetes within our urban Seattle area. The rates of diabetes and obesity continue to climb at a disproportionate rate with our youth and Native urban community. It is our goal to work with the community to discover solutions for addressing the staggering statistics. We are convinced the key to success is imbedded in our indigenous knowledge within our urban community.
We will be administering various surveys, talking circles, and workshops for promoting solutions directed at designing a roadmap for supporting the reversal of the current trends in childhood obesity, as well as diabetes challenges impacting our urban Native families, and community.
UNEA is excited to partner with local organizations, programs and Institutions bringing a practical road map for supporting our ultimate goal of eliminating obesity and diabetes as a health issue for our tribal communities. We are deeply committed to the welfare of our youth and continue to focus our commitment to the restoration of our collective health, wellness, and vitality to our youth, elders, families and community. The process for implementing our grant will be featured in our monthly Clear Sky newsletters.
Lorna Onsel-Edge (Upper Skagit)
UNEA Executive Director
Sarah Sense-Wilson (Oglala)