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Navajo woman enlists celebrities to raise awareness about COVID-19

Colton Shone
Updated: May 19, 2020 06:45 PM
Created: May 19, 2020 03:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A Navajo woman is spearheading an effort to protect Native culture and elders during the coronavirus outbreak on the Navajo nation. 

Allie Young said it started with a photo, urging the Navajo people to "protect the sacred," with the message "Stay Home, Save Lives".

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"To indigenous peoples, it's our elders who are carriers of our knowledge, our languages and our medicine ways," Young said. 

Her organization launched just weeks ago, and with the help of a celebrity friend, her "Navajo Strong" campaign took off.

"I have a friend. His name is Mark Ruffalo, I think a lot of people know him," Young said. "But he has been so supportive and jumped right in when I reached out to him, and so he's been able to help raise awareness of what's happening on the Navajo Nation."

"Navajo youth, you are the real heroes-- staying home to protect the treasure and wisdom and knowledge of your elders," Raffalo says in a video message.

Young is working with the Office of the Navajo Nation President to raise money for supplies and sign up people for on-the-ground volunteer effort. 


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