Growing up, his father worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the family lived on many Indian reservations across the Great Plains. From 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 today as the Indian Affairs Trust Office still can not account for billions of dollars of Native American fund transfers.
Dean Parisian founded CHIPPEWA PARTNERS, Native American Advisors, Inc. a Registered Investment Advisor, in 1995 and closed in 2019.The firm was a manager to an exclusive clientele and was closed to new clients for many years. As a Registered Investment Advisor, their expertise developed over 35 years balanced experience, integrity and tremendous work ethic.
Mr. Parisian founded the company to manage serious wealth for Native American tribes and tribal members who understand that casino gaming alone is not the 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. Prior to the formation of Native American Advisors, Inc./Chippewa Partners in 1995 he was a Trust Officer at First Union Bank (now Wachovia) in Atlanta and managed his personal holdings with significant success prior to founding the firm in 1995. For over a decade Dean was a member of the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts. He was the first Native American mutual fund advisor licensed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
He is a member at the White Earth Reservation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. You are encouraged to visit www.deanparisian.com to learn about Dean Parisian's commitment to encourage a culture of philanthropy which is vital for the growth of human capital in Native America and to help break the cycle of poverty, addiction, moral courage and the suffocating absence of fathers and opportunity in Native communities.
Mr. Parisian, for over a decade was an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange and the NASD (now FINRA). 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, Investment Advisor magazine , Financial Planning magazine and the Atlanta Business Journal His greatest accomplishments include raising two sons and 32 years of marriage.
His philanthropic interest is in Native American education he has endowed a significant scholarship for Native Americans as the benefactor of the Dean T. Parisian Native American Student Scholarship at the University of Minnesota.
The Parisian family enjoys outdoor pursuits at Pamelot, their farm in Tennessee, at the Ghost Ranch, their retreat on the Yellowstone River in Montana and at Casa Tule, their winter home in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.