Larry Curley

Larry is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Larry has worked in aging and health for over 45 years.  At the age of 25 he authored Title VI of the Older Americans Act which became law in 1978; Successfully advocated for the Creation of the 13th Area Office of the Indian Health Service; Utilized research to lower the age of eligibility for tribal elders. At the age of 26, he co-founded the National Indian Council on Aging. His vast work experience from Executive Director of Indian Health Board of Nevada, Executive Director of the Navajo Department of Health, and Director of the Navajo HeadStart program, to name a few, truly shows his relentless advocating for tribal communities, the preservation of tribal values and the continued existence of American Indian Tribes. He brings the traditional teachings of his father, a traditional medicine man, to his work and his life fulfilling his father’s admonition “to help those who have less by using your education which is community property.” He was recently inducted into the American Society on Aging Hall of Fame. The first Native American inducted.