Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Indigenous Communities and A Look-forward at Thanksgiving 2020

On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan looks into the impact COVID-19 has had on indigenous communities in and around Gallup, New Mexico. He also highlights this year’s Thanksgiving celebration, how it will be different, and what Catholic Charities of NY is doing to help provide a Thanksgiving meal to our neighbors in New York.

Krystal Curley is the Executive Director of Indigenous Life Ways, an indigenous-oriented educational and community-support organization in Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico. During this “Native American History Month”, Krystal, who is a member of the Navajo Nation, shares how Indigenous Life Ways and other local non-profits in McKinley County New Mexico quickly mobilized at the start of the pandemic to form the “McKinley Mutual Aid Help and Health Network.” This network works to deliver needed supplies of food, water, PPE and other supplies to the Sovereign Indigenous Nations of the Navajo and Zuni people, as well as others in need in the Gallup area.

Beatriz Diaz Taveras is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services. During this week when many families are making preparations for this year’s celebration of Thanksgiving, Beatriz shares with us how this year’s Thanksgiving – with all of the COVID-precautions in place – promises to be quite different than in years past.

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