Royce Manuel, a renowned artisan and Salt River tribal leader, dies

Royce Manuel, a renowned artisan and Salt River tribal leader, dies


Renowned Akimel O’odham artist and historian Royce Manuel died Monday in Scottsdale, surrounded by his family. He was 68. 

Manuel was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in January and, after undergoing treatments early on in his diagnosis, he chose to spend his remaining time in hospice care in Scottsdale.

“Part of me thought I still had a little more time,” Debbie Nez Manuel said of her husband’s passing. “I have a feeling that Royce has a lot to do with the amount of support that I received since (Monday).”

Royce and Debbie had been together for more than 15 years and shared a life together on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with their combined family of eight. Debbie is a citizen of the Navajo Nation.





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