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By Allie Barton
Cronkite News 

Next Generation: Grappling with loss of life and connection, Native youth transform into the leaders of tomorrow

 

Last updated 10/14/2020 at 2:03pm

Tawny Jodie

Tawny Jodie, 20, says serving her community with other young adults who share her Christian faith gave her the encouragement she needed to keep her spirits up during COVID-19.

PHOENIX-In March, Tawny Jodie was preparing to travel to Israel for her first trip overseas. By July, she was masked and delivering food boxes in rural New Mexico amid a deadly pandemic.

A full-blooded Navajo, the 20-year-old said she was compelled into service when COVID-19 started ravaging her community and others across the Navajo Nation.

With the virus dispropor-tionately affecting tribal nations due to health disparities, poor infrastructure and chronic under-funding to fix persistent problems, young people like Jodie have stepped up to help others, preserve their culture and start th...



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