Chief Manuelito - Notable Native Americans
Chief Manuelito was one of the principal headmen of the Diné people before, during and after the Navajo Long Walk Period. Manuelito was a prominent Navajo leader who rallied his nation against the oppression of the United States military. For several years he led a group of warriors in resisting federal efforts to forcibly remove the Navajo people to Bosque Redondo, New Mexico via the Long Walk in 1864. Eventually he became one of the signatories of the Treaty of Bosque Redondo, which created a reservation for the Diné and allowed them to return to it.
“Go and tell the Navajo people that education is the ladder. We should send our kids to school despite what they (the white man) did to us.”