Larry Curley serves as the executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging and as a member of the Navajo Nation with over 40 years of experience working in the aging and healthcare fields. Collaborating with Congress, other branches of the federal government, and national organizations on aging, Larry develops support for programs affecting elder American Indians and Alaska Natives.
He received a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in gerontology at the University of Arizona. In Pima County, Arizona, Larry’s work as a gerontological planner was instrumental in establishing a county public fiduciary program. In Washington D.C., he worked as a lobbyist to successfully advocate for the passage of Title VI of the Older Americans Act, an amendment he authored.
Larry directed the Navajo Nation’s Head Start program, one of the five largest Head Start programs in the country. He has served as a nursing home administrator for a tribal, long-term care facility, as a hospital administrator in northern Nevada, and as a college instructor at the University of Nevada-Reno and Eastern Washington University.
He was named as the assistant dean of the Four Corners region for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. He’s also served as the public representative on the American College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines Committee, and as the director of program development for the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in northwest New Mexico.
Messages from the Executive Director
A Message from the Executive Director, January 2023
The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) is beginning its 47th year of advocating and fighting on behalf of this country’s American Indian and Alaskan Native elders. It was established as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) […]
A Message from the Executive Director, September 2022
Many times, I have seen the sun rise over the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico and seen it slowly find its way at sunset over Mount Taylor to the west. Many times, I have felt […]
A Message from the Executive Director, January 2022
The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) held its national American Indian Elders Conference in Reno, Nevada on August 16-20, 2021. It was a long-awaited gathering for tribal elders from around the country. The elders […]
A Message from the Executive Director, September 2021
Another season has ended and another one is beginning. This is how it has been from the beginning of time. Winter is on the horizon, and this is the time to get prepared for the cold that accompanies it. It is […]
A Message from the Executive Director, May 2021
It’s been over a year that we in Indian Country endured a massive pandemic that engulfed our country, our lands and our people. It tried us and made us wonder if we would ever see […]
A Message from the Executive Director: January 2021
Indian Country is settling down into the winter months of the year. In addition to the cold, snow, and icy conditions across some parts of this country, we are amid another surge of the COVID-19 […]