I am an educated Apache/ Diné woman born and raised on the Navajo Nation and San Carlos Reservation. My passion and desire is to help educate and bring awareness of gut health and wellness to our Indigenous/ Native communities. I love to spend time with my family. I enjoy hiking and the outdoors as a direct connection to Mother Earth. I have developed a deeper understanding and passion of our cultural healing medicines to share and revitalize the movement to reclaiming our own wellness journey. I founded Manuelito Health & Wellness Systems LLC (MHWS) to do exactly this.
Over the years, many different food systems our communities have faced since colonization has come to our homelands and has reduced our wellness and disrupted our own food system. This has caused current health situations, risks, issues and ongoing problems to improve our overall well-being. MHWS
focusses on teaching pillars of wellness: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, Physical, Nutritional, and Financial wellness. These areas of wellness are to be in balance or as close to balance as one can understand them to be. Individually, we are uniquely different, but collectively, we are looking to reach the same
overall wellbeing and goal, complete wellness.
MHWS specializes in teaching from the inside out. Taking a closer look at wellness from a gut health perspective and to understand why we are where we are in our wellbeing. Learning about gut health can open doors that make sense in a practical way of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyles can be developed and sustained for generational change. MHWS provides hope for future benefits of healthy living.
Decendants of the Navajo Code Talkers
Waylon is Hopi, Tewa and Maricopa Piipaash and grew up on the Hopi reservation.
Waylon founded Healthy Active Natives, a community of healing, health, and wellness in 2013. He is a health and wellness activist and advocate for Indigenous Peoples. This year, Waylon is walking to raise funds and awareness for the water quality on the Hopi reservation. He will be walking from Phoenix to the Hopi reservation. He believes that everyone throughout the reservation deserves clean water.
Valaura is Hopi Tribe and has 18 years of direct victim services to crime victims as Executive Director/Founder with Honwungsi Consulting Services and Chief Executive Officer / Founder of Omauw Resource Center, 501(c)3. She was the Tribal Liaison/Coordinator for the Arizona Study on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls and research partner with LeCroy Milligan & Associates/ ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
She was previously employed with National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. She has worked for Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services Victim Assistance Program as a Supervisory Victim Specialist and for the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Law Enforcement and Security. She is the first Victim Specialist to work with DOI Office of Law Enforcement & Security and crime victims served by the Bureau of Indian Affairs District III. Valaura also worked for the Hopi Tribe in Arizona as the Program Director of the Hopi Domestic Violence Program and served as Legal Advocate for the Office of the Hopi Tribal Prosecutor. She received the Department of the Interior’s Certificate of Appreciation for her excellent leadership during the installation and development of the Department’s Victim Assistance Program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Phoenix Office. Mrs. Imus-Nahsonhoya earned Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies from Grand Canyon University. She has also earned a Legal Advocate Certification through National Tribal Trial College/Wisconsin Law School. Valura is certified as a Domestic Violence Trainer by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AzPOST). She is also certified in Peer Support and Human Subjects Research.
Michael Smith, Acoma/Navajo, had dedicated his life to serving the Navajo Code Talkers personally and physically. A descendent of Navajo Code Talker, Samuel “Jesse” Smith, Sr., 4th Marine, Michael attended Navajo Code Talker Meetings and volunteered to address varies assignments from the men.
After high school graduation, Michael entered the United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in the third all Navajo platoon in the history of the Marine Corps, the 1981 Navajo Code Talker Commemorative Platoon and graduated Honorman of the Navajo Platoon.
For the last 20 years, Michael has continued to serve the Navajo Code Talkers. In 2005, he founded the Navajo Code Talker Day in Window Rock, Navajo Nation. This event celebrates all 418 Navajo Code Talkers has become the largest exclusive Navajo Code Talker event.
The Navajo Code Talkers
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