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Patrice H. Kunesh

Patrice H. Kunesh Assistant Vice President, Director, Center for Indian Country Development

Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

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Patrice leads the Federal Reserve System’s only research and outreach center dedicated to Indian Country issues. The CICD is based here at the Minneapolis Fed.

Patrice, of Standing Rock Lakota descent, began her legal career at the Native American Rights Fund. She then served as in-house counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and on the faculty at the University of South Dakota School of Law.

Before joining CICD, Patrice held appointments as the Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as the Deputy Solicitor for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. A graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, she also has earned a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.