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Civil Rights Employee of the Year

NRCS Contact:
Alicia Rodriguez (505) 761-4421

January 8, 2018

Molly Murphy, 2017 New Mexico Civil Rights Employee of the Year

Albuquerque, N.M. –2017 Civil Rights Employee of the Year is Molly Murphy. Molly is an Archeologist on the Resource Technology Services (RTS) Staff, State Office.  

The Isleta and Zuni Pueblos have rigorous historic preservation rules and requirements to conduct cultural resource work on their lands.  Molly effectively established a dialogue with both the Zuni and Isleta Pueblos Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) and formed a working solution.  The solution addressed both NRCS and the Pueblos' historic preservation concerns and procedures.  Molly coordinated with the THPOs, the archeological firms, and the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD) to have the contractors become technical service providers to NMACD.

Through her efforts, NRCS is now able to meet the cultural resource identification concerns of both the Zuni and Isleta THPOs and our Section 106 compliance responsibilities, per the National Historic Preservation Act.  A 15-year stalemate has been broken, and NRCS will be able to work closely with pueblo members to provide technical and program financial assistance.  This method could be used with tribes and pueblos with similar challenges to improve tribal consultations, protocols and working relationships.

Molly Murphy has received an award for her achievement and recognition.

Photo of Molly Murphy, Archeologist and Xavier Montoya, State Conservationist. Receiving the award for 2017 Civil Rights Employee of the Year.









J. Xavier Montoya, State Conservationist, and Molly Murphy, Archeologists, NRCS New Mexico State office. Molly has been chosen as the NRCS New Mexico 2017 Civil Rights Employee of the Year.
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