Debbie has long been recognized for her tireless dedication to urban and rural Native youth throughout Arizona. It is this tireless effort and love for all areas of her community that drives her work. Many agree that Debbie is ‘courageous people’, quite comfortable connecting with people, and smart about how to get things done. She is a person of deep principles with broad community experiences and deeply rooted traditional wisdom, and strong communication style. Debbie is known to stand up clearly and bravely to advocate for those voices that are often overlooked or ignored. Through her spirit, she brings laughter, analysis and fellowship to her work. Yes, she is a young lady making her way and shattering glass ceilings.
Who do I work with?
Entities like nonprofits, libraries, educational institutions, governmental and tribal nations who are interested in increasing their understanding or engaging within the humanities-based programs. What does Debbie enjoy best? Generating solutions for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Debbie, a Democratic Precinct Committee Person and State Committee Member is fascinated by systems work or don’t work. It is unlike Debbie to standby and do nothing. She has long recognized and challenged status quo knowing the very effort serves the endless numbers of unheard voices. In 2018 she surprised many as an ‘unknown‘ in her run for the 2018 Primary Election in the Arizona Legislative District 26 State Senate race nearly unseating a incumbent and a run for Chair in the Arizona Maricopa County Democratic Party. Knowing her courage and strength will be tested, Debbie pursues her vision with unwavering beliefs in her efforts and when asked about her ambitions, she often responds, “I simply want to do better than I did yesterday.”
Who am I?
Debbie is Tséníjíkiní – a Navajo clan also known as the Cliff Dweller People. She is born for the Tsénahabiłnii, Sleepy Rock People. Her maternal grandchild of the Tsi’naajinii, Black Streaked Forest People and the paternal granddaughter to the Tábąąhí, Waters Edge People. Debbie Nez-Manuel originates from the Navajo Nation and grew up in Klagetoh Arizona. Today Debbie resides with her husband and children in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.