About morningstarleaders

Engaging Native youth by creating opportunities for personal and civic leadership development as young tribal leaders of today.

Arizona Humanities Community Partner Award: A collaborative effort supporting Native American youth

Photo Courtesy of Arizona Humanities

Mesa, Arizona – Morning Star Leaders is an AH Project Grant recipient. Royce and Debbie Manuel encourage Native youth to learn, engage and become leaders in their tribe through the Morning Star Leader program. Everywhere they go, Royce and Debbie acknowledge AH and invite people to learn more about the work we do. Royce and Debbie have been strong contributors to the AZ Speaks program for the past three years, and in particular present to high school students through Speaker in the Schools. They received an AH grant for the Bow and Arrow Project in 2017, a unique hands-on educational program that teaches teens about all aspects of the cultural tradition, history, and importance of bow-making in Native culture.

Morning Star Leaders Youth Council learns about philanthropy at ACF

“The Arizona Community Foundation recently enjoyed the privilege of hosting a learning circle from the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council, a group of young Native Americans representing various tribes throughout Arizona.”

Read More: https://www.azfoundation.org/About/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/96/ArticleId/174/Morning-Star-Leaders-Youth-Council-learns-about-philanthropy-at-ACF.aspx

Morning with Baje

Navajo Times

Photograph by Megan LaRose, Youth Council President

Special to the Times – Carmenlita Chief

June 21, 2013 – Flagstaff, AZ

“We originally met Baje and really liked his artwork back in March at the Heard Museum Indian Market. We started talking and put together a workshop with him. He’s going to teach us how to use watercolors and how to draw a sketch”

” The youth along with parent volunteers giggled excitedly as they guided their sharpies over their drawing paper.”

“The Manuel’s along with the Youth Advisor Amber Brown helped organize the youth workshop in an effort in an effort to reinforce cultural identity through and experiential learning process.”

“The mission of the Youth Council is to create educational, cultural and social development for native youth today as they foster their own ideas of civic leadership growth.”

Read the full article here

To contact the youth or organization for interview, updates, and current initiatives email your inquiries to morningstarleaders@gmail.com.

A charitable, non-profit corporation


The Morning Star Leaders (MSL) Inc. is a charitable, non-profit corporation devoted to urban tribal youth in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Formed on February 28, 2013, under the laws of the State of Arizona to advocate, promote, and coordinate youth related initiatives, the Foundation serves inter-tribal youth from all areas of the greater Phoenix metropolitan valley.

In addition, the MSL works to provide leadership opportunities to improve the lives of urban tribal youth by promoting culturally based teachings through higher education, health and wellness, community building and volunteerism. We also promote networking through relationship building, social activities, personal development training, artistic pursuits, and cultural performances.

Our hope is to enhance the lives of tribal urban youth in under served communities by engaging them with tools youth need for lifetime success.

We welcome all people, youth, and supporters to join our organization and become a fellow Morning Star Leader.

Morning Star Youth Council


SONY DSCHello – Yá’át’ééh – S-ke:g Tas – Loloma – Hon Dah – M’hahm jik’ga

As youth, we see the world through a different lens. As Native youth, we see the world through cultural context. As Morning Star Leaders, we see the world as a place of opportunity, for development, for giving back to our communities and to maintain our cultural roots.