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Investment Management for Native Americans, Outfitters, Hunters & Trappers

Dean Parisian, Founder and Chairman


Growing up, his father worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the hills of the Sisseton-Wahpeton tribe on west to the Big Horn Mountains on the Crow Reservation were considered home. It was near Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota that Dean Parisian spent his high school years. Only 80 years before, the Hotckiss guns were carefully trained on a group of terrified and disarmed Sioux in the hills northeast of Pine Ridge. It wasn’t a battlefield at Wounded Knee, like historians suggest, it was an assassination; as were America’s first freedom fighters; Sitting Bull, Dull Knife and Geronimo. The carnage continues as the Bureau of Trust Funds Management is still cannot account for two billion dollars of Native American fund transfers. Mr. Parisian founded Chippewa Partners to manage serious wealth for those tribes and tribal members who understand that casino gaming alone is not the correct answer to viable long-term economic success.

Dean T. Parisian attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Minnesota and Hamline University School of Law. His undergraduate degrees were in Education and Economics and he began his investment career in 1982. He trained on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody and Co. and joined Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. in LaJolla, California in 1984. He was a Trust Officer at First Union Bank in Atlanta and managed his personal holdings with significant success prior to founding Chippewa Partners in 1995. He was the first Native American mutual fund advisor licensed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. He is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Mississippi Band of the White Earth Reservation.

Mr. Parisian, for over a decade was an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange and the NASD. He is a member of the Presidents Club at the University of Minnesota, the Georgia Ornithological Society and has been recognized in many financial publications such as Barrons, Germany’s BourseOnline, Investment Advisor magazine, Financial Planning, the Atlanta Business Journal, and Georgia Trend.

His greatest accomplishment includes raising two sons and 20 years of marriage to his wife, Pam Parisian. They enjoy raising horses at "Pamelot", their farm in Tennessee and many outdoor activities.

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