Patrick Naranjo is a tribal member of Kha Po Owinge/Santa Clara Pueblo. He earned his M.A. in American Indian Studies in 2012 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where his thesis explored tribal law options for protecting cultural resources. He received his B.A. in American Indian Studies in 2002 from Haskell Indian Nations University and completed a certification for Working in Contemporary Native Nations from the Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange at UCLA. He previously worked for the Indian Health Service in Rockville, MD where he was recognized for providing exemplary assistance in the wake of the 2005 reservation school shooting at Red Lake, MN.