Manuelito was a respected leader who resisted foreign domination and led the Navajo resistance as a War Chief against U.S. Military efforts to remove Navajos from their homeland to forced captivity at Bosque Redondo. He was admired for voicing and acting upon his convictions. He was a skilled negotiator of peace and tribal sovereignty and an advocate for American education as a means of survival for his people. Manuelito is memorialized in the Navajo culture through songs, stories, and images.