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Eldred Lesansee

Columbia Law School




Took Trust Scholarship

Born and raised in the Pueblo tribes of Jemez and Zuni in New Mexico, Eldred Lesansee is passionate about the protection of Native American cultural heritage. After witnessing the sale of sacred Pueblo cultural items in Paris, Eldred earned a Fulbright scholarship to research avenues to halt the sale of sensitive Indigenous cultural items worldwide. Through his research, Eldred gained professional experiences at the U.S. Embassy in France and UNESCO. In 2019, Eldred joined the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department where he led the behavioral health, cultural heritage, and economic development initiatives. Now, Eldred is pursuing a Juris Doctor at Columbia Law School to elevate his service to ensure that Indigenous peoples can live their most authentic lives, especially 2SLGBTQ+ relatives. Eldred holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and an M.A. in International Development from Sciences Po. Eldred also serves as co-founder and secretary for the South Pacific Islander Organization.

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