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Elsie Meeks

Elsie Meeks

Elsie Meeks served as state director of the USDA Rural Development in South Dakota since July of 2009. 

Prior to joining the USDA, Ms. Meeks was the president and CEO of First Nations Oweesta Corporation and was active in the development and management of The Lakota Funds, a small business and microenterprise development loan fund CDFI on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Ms. Meeks served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, completing a six-year term. She is a past director of the Northwest Area Foundation based in St. Paul, Minnesota and has served as a director and council member of several Native American organizations. 

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