The Museum of Public Relations Presents The Growing Role of Native Americans in Public Relations


Free Virtual Event

Thursday, November 11, 6 PM ET


Native Americans public relations professionals—spread across some 570 tribes across the US—have had to overcome communications challenges few of us have had to face. Many serve as social activists campaigning against environmental infringements and advocating for better healthcare on the reservation. Others serve to rectify long-standing misperceptions about Native Americans, working to eliminate demeaning portrayals in our popular culture in movies, sports, commercials, and textbooks. And many serve to represent tribal interests before big business and government, while preserving their unique tribal identities and passing the culture along to the next generations.

During our Native American Month celebration on November 11, meet the public relations leaders of tribes from across the country, as they share inspiring stories about the role of communications in promoting economic opportunity and preserving well-being throughout all of the tribes.


Catherine Hernandez Blades, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, SAIC


Mark Trahant, Editor, Indian Country Today Phoenix, Arizona


Randy’L Teton, Public Affairs Manager, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, Idaho

Brandon Scott, Director, Communications, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Candace Hamana, Communications and PR Professional, Indian Health Service, Phoenix, Arizona

Simon Moya-Smith, Adjunct Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Colorado Denver; freelance writer for NBC News, CNN, Lonely Planet, and Fodor’s Travel; citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation

Jaynie Parrish, Executive Director, Navajo County Democrats, Arizona

Collin Price, Principal, B-Team Strategies, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; member of the Ho-Chunk Nation


Thanks to our Sponsors

“Native American Public Relations” is sponsored in part by: The Bonnie Yablon Foundation, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Department of Advertising and Public Relations at University of Georgia, CommPRO, and Muck Rack.