Patricia Ninham-Hoeft is a citizen of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, and has served as Secretary of the Business Committee of the Oneida Tribe since 2005. In that capacity, she is responsible for many of the Business Committee's legislative processes, as well as research and administrative services.
As a teenager Secretary Hoeft worked at Oneida Bingo when bingo games were first operated by her mother, Sandra Ninham and Alma Webster at the Oneida Nation Memorial Building in Oneida. She later worked as a reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1988 to 1992. She worked for 10 years for the Oneida Tribe in various positions including assistant to Chairman Rick Hill, Vice Chairwoman Loretta V. Metoxen and Vice Chairman Gary Jordan. While at Oneida, Patricia also served as the land claims coordinator, manager of the Legislative Reference Office, and was appointed to the tribe's Gaming Commission. In 2003, she was appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle to serve as a division administrator at the state Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Patricia graduated from St. Norbert College in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She has served as a grassroots organizer for several local political campaigns and currently is a board member for the Women's Fund of Greater Green Bay. Patricia is the daughter of Sandra (Doxtator) Ninham and Leland Wigg-Ninham and grew up in Oneida. She is married to Mike Hoeft. They live in Oneida and have two daughters. She enjoys reading, running, beadwork, watching C-Span and sailing. She is a member of the Turtle clan. Her grandparents are Betty and the late Leo "Chicken" Doxtator and the late Nelson and Rebecca (Schuyler) Ninham. [Source: Native Nations Institute-The University of Arizona]