Affiliate(s): Southwestern Social Science Association

Southwestern Social Science Association President Pascal Ngoboka announced that Patrice H. Kunesh, assistant vice president and director of the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD), Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Minnesota, will deliver the presidential keynote address at the 2019 Annual Meeting.  Her presentation is entitled “Shaping Institutional Culture: A Neo Socio-Cultural Paradigm for Creating Wealth in Indian Country.”

Patrice leads the Federal Reserve System’s only research and outreach center dedicated to Indian Country issues.

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 earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The SSSA 2019 Annual Meeting is October 31-November 2 in San Diego, California.  The plenary session is scheduled for Thursday, October 31, 4:00-5:15 PM, followed by the presidential reception 5:30-7:30 PM, both at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.