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Stephanne R. Rupnicki

Stephanne R. Rupnicki is a recognized member of the Kickapoo tribe of Kansas and a married mother of six residing on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation. Her passion for breastfeeding is evident as she serves on the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition Board of Directors as well as various committees under the United States Breastfeeding Committee after receiving the 2019 USBC Tribal Trailblazer Award. She was awarded the Buffy St Marie Indigi-LC Advocacy Award during Indigenous Milk Medicine Week in 2022. Stephanne is also a Co-Founder and Leader of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition and is currently working to establish the Indigenous Breastfeeding Coalition of Kansas. She provides support and services to local families as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Certified Lactation Counselor based out of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Health Clinic. She was honored to be the first Indigenous person to grace the cover of the 2020 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card as she works to increase visibility and normalize breastfeeding among Indigenous communities.