Leonardo Navarro is a resident of Lakeside, AZ, where he is entering his senior year at Blue Ridge High School. He is a first-generation immigrant who currently serves as a spokesperson and a governing board member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative. Leonardo believes that equal representation for Indigenous peoples is an important step towards social equality in America. He believes that Indigenous People’s Day will be a leap towards more representation of a more accurate and in-depth history of Native Americans. After high school, Leonardo plans on pursuing a career in the STEM field while pursuing a career in politics to work towards his goal of social equality.
Assistant to the Board
Isabella Texeira-Ramos is a young Native Hawaiian passionate about creating a brighter future for marginalized communities. A high achieving student, Isabella is currently a Junior at Peggy Payne Academy hosted on McClintock High School’s campus and is very involved in her school community. A cellist of six years, Isabella plays in her school’s Chamber orchestra and holds the position of PR Officer for her Orchestra Council. As a dedicated member of her community, Isabella can be found spending time volunteering within the city of Tempe to help support those not so different from herself. She holds strong to the belief that through persistent and powerful advocacy, the people and causes that have long been pushed to the side will not only be represented and supported but celebrated.
Isabella uses her free time to express herself through artistic venues such as theater, spend time with family and friends, and experience the world.
Chief Youth Lobbyist
Kylie Hunts-in-Winter is 17 years old is a part of the Dakota tribe, and is going into her Senior Year at Arizona Connections Academy and attends the East Valley Institute of Technology. Kylie has trained in martial arts since 3 years old in 6+ styles, with national and world titles. Teaching free self defense classes for women and girls, with a focus on MMIW. Her instagram, Brave Woman, works to inspire women in martial arts, and now has over 50K followers. As an experienced activist, she has stood up with MMIW, Autism Research, BLM, NO DAPL, and human trafficking awareness among others. Kylie has received Unity’s 25 under 25 award, Junior Achievement 18 under 18, Girls Rule top 4 girls in AZ, American Indian Excellence in Leadership Award, is featured in National Best Seller “Strong is the New Pretty, and has many articles and TV interviews, and more.
Kylie now works with the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative Chief Youth Lobbyist, and does Social Media, using her knowledge of online marketing and social media platforms and works with the organization to continue to empower Indigenous peoples.