Welcome to Model United Nations Indigenous!
The goal of MUNI is to introduce Native American youth
to the Model United Nations (MUN) program through online learning, participation at national Model UN Conferences, and facilitation of Native American Model UN Clubs at high schools across the country.
Model United Nations provides an invaluable opportunity for youth all over the world to learn formal debate, problem-solving, and diplomacy by simulating the United Nations' proceedings. MUN teaches the basics of how policy is made on all levels of government through hands-on learning and first-hand experience.
"Students, referred to as Delegates, are assigned a country to represent in one of the UN’s numerous committees with pre-set topics to debate. They research the background of their country, their country’s position on the topics at hand, and prepare notes on possible solutions to the problems faced. Students then convene at Model UN conferences, which range in size from 100 to 5,000 delegates, to debate their assigned topics with students representing the other UN member states. Much like the real UN, the goal is to identify solutions, by negotiation and consensus, on which many countries can agree."
- From the International Model UN Association website
MUNI has received the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam award!
In June 2020, Model United Nations Indigenous founder and director Nathan Balk King was awarded the 2020 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award for MUNI out of several hundred applicants!
"SEEKING TEEN LEADERS WHO...
Show significant initiative and leadership in creating and leading a new initiative — or have considerably deepened or expanded an existing project — that embodies the values of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world." - from the Diller Teen Website.
Click here to see MUNI and Nathan Balk King's Awardee page.
Thank you all so much for your support!
This award will help ensure that our Native youth will have access to one of the world's best educational programs, and it's all thanks to the donations and support MUNI has received these past few years. Stay tuned for our summer 2021 program!
MUNI has successfully implemented its first independent summer program!
Thank you to everyone who supported Model United Nations Indigenous this summer! Thanks to your support we had a great three and a half week program. Congratulations to our delegates for completing our program:
- Jeamilett Martinez (Mazahua and Mixtec)
- Yvette Massey (San Carlos and White Mountain Apache Tribe)
- Ephraim McCowan (CRIT)
- Rowan Monte (Jicarilla Apache and Southern Ute)
- Codie Rae Topetchy (Kiowa, Comanche, Otoe, and Pawnee)
- Regan Rose (Klamath, Oregon)
- Sierra Marie Buffalohead (Ponca Tribe of OK)
This summer, our delegates learned how the United Nations created policy and practiced public speaking, problem-solving, teamwork, essay writing, and research skills. We worked 5 days a week and ended the program on a simulation of the United Nations.
MUNI is registered as an NGO with the United Nations!
In March, 2019, Model United Nations Indigenous was accepted as a registered NGO in the UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) Civil Society database. As such, MUNI is able to apply for credentials for UN events, including the annual UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).
MUNI applied and was accepted for credentials to attend the UNPFII in March, 2019. Three of our NHSMUN participants were able to attend and they experienced the working of the UN Permanent Forum! Our esteemed Native youth delegates at the UNPFII 2019 were Emily Staley, Zaden Salabye, and Kianna Joe (all Navajo).
In March 2021, MUNI will be eligible to apply for consultative status under the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This will provide an avenue for young Native leaders to directly participate in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and testify on behalf of Native youth in the global arena! JOIN MUN Indigenous to learn how to engage at the United Nations and gain the opportunity to participate as an official Native Youth Delegate at the UNPFII. This is the time for Native Youth to have our voices heard!
Thank you for considering a donation to Model UN: Indigenous!
All donations are tax-deductible and go to
support our programming for Native Youth!
MUN: Indigenous is accepting funds via a 501c3 fiscal sponsor,
The Provincetown Community Compact.
Pilamiya! Ahéhee'! (thank you;)