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Manuelito, 1818–1893 was one of the war chiefs of the Navajo people. He rallied his nation against the oppression of the US military. Several years he led a group of warriors in resisting federal efforts to forcibly remove the Navajo people to Bosque Redondo, New Mexico in 1864. After being relocated to Bosque Redondo, Manuelito was among the leaders who signed the 1868 treaty, ending a period of imprisonment in government internment camps and establishing a reservation for the Navajo.
"I grew up eavesdropping on adult conversations around the assertion that "racism is the most challenging issue confronting America;" we wore buttons on our coats with sayings like "One Planet, One People... Please" and "No Room in My Heart for Prejudice;" and up there among our all-time favorite heroes was, and is, Dr. Martin Luther King."