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Native American Leader to Visit Campus Sept. 7

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    Ladonna Harris

Ladonna Harris has been active in social issues for five decases

Comanche elder and leader Ladonna Harris will visit Southwestern on Tuesday, Sept. 7. She will be available to visit with members of the community from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Merzbach Room and will give a lecture titled “Global Indigeneity and Indigenous Value-based Leadership in the 21st Century” at 4 p.m. in the McCombs Ballrooms.

Harris is the co-founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) in Albuquerque, N.M. She has been a prominent leader in federal Indian policy, Indian activism, and social issues affecting all Americans for the past five decades. 

Her ambition to bring Indian issues into mainstream America inspired the formation of a sister organization called The Advancement of Maori Opportunity in New Zealand in 2002. The AIO also has formed good relations with indigenous peoples in Bolivia, Japan and elsewhere.

Harris’ life story is detailed in her autobiography LaDonna Harris: A Comanche Life, which was published in 2000 by the University of Nebraska Press. Comanche filmmaker Julianna Brannum also made a documentary about Harris titled “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101.” The documentary trailer is available at   http://indian101movie.com/trailer.html.

Harris’ visit to Southwestern is sponsored by the Communications Studies Department. For more information, contact Dustin Tahmahkera at tahmahkd@southwestern.edu.