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Patrice H. Kunesh JD MPA
Founder & Director

Of Standing Rock Lakota descent, Patrice is a nationally recognized attorney and policy advocate with extensive legal, political, and management experience. She founded Peȟíŋ Haha Consulting to help build more inclusive economic systems and thriving societies, particularly with Native communities.

Patrice’s experience includes establishing and leading the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, an economic and policy research center dedicated to Indian Country issues, where she led numerous national initiatives on housing, education, financial institutions, and governance, and published several articles on economic and community development. Patrice also held political appointments in the Obama-Biden Administration: Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture; and Deputy Solicitor for Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior. Patrice began her legal career at the Native American Rights Fund. She then served as in-house counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and on the faculty at the University of South Dakota School of Law.

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Peȟíŋ Haha means curly hair in Lakota. It also was the childhood nickname for Crazy Horse, an Oglala Sioux leader recognized for his courage and commitment to his peoples’ traditional life.

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