Administrative Assistant - Communications and Administration
Patrick Murphy joined First Nations in September 2023 and has over three decades of communications, business and tribal experience to tap into. Born and raised on the Navajo Nation, his clans are DibeLizhin/Kinyaanii.
After he completed his broadcast journalism studies at University of New Mexico, he quickly began his career covering Navajo Nation government for KOB-TV-Farmington & KTNN-AM-Window Rock, Arizona (his hometown). He was the last American reporter to interview U.S. President Bill Clinton at Shiprock, New Mexico, in 2000. He was a regular in supporting Native news stories on NBC-New York, NBC-Washington, D.C., and syndicated TV programs like Unsolved Mysteries.
After meeting in a Las Vegas casino, he and his wife decided to make their home in Albuquerque, where they were both employed for a tribally owned, self-insured risk pool, Amerind. There he served over 350 tribes/Alaska villages in marketing. He earned a director’s award for “Best Industrial” at the 30th American Indian Film Institute’s festival in San Francisco by telling the story of Indigenous self-determination. He left Amerind to create Remote Energy Corp. in Shiprock on the Navajo Nation to provide 20,000 homes that did not have electricity and running water clean energy solutions. Patrick garnered praise by President Barack Obama at the first-ever White House Demo Day in 2015.
Patrick also gained customer service experience working for Fortune 500 companies Lockheed Martin, Verizon, and Apple Support in Albuquerque.
But something was missing in his life, the connection with the Native American community.
He was employed with the Nielsen Company in data collection before the pandemic shutdown. His role at Nielsen allowed him to recruit Navajo and Pueblo households and bring in over a quarter of a million dollars to Indigenous households.