LaDonna Harris, Activist (b. 1931)

Founder, President, Americans for Indian Opportunity

One of the twentieth century’s most influential Native Americans in politics, Comanche social activist LaDonna Vita Tabbytite Harris was born February 15, 1931 in Temple, Oklahoma on a Comanche allotment to William Crawford who was of European descent, and Lilly Tabbytite.

Her parents separated shortly after her birth and LaDonna was reared in Indian Country during the Great Depression by maternal grandparents John and Wick-kie Tabbytite on a farm near tiny Walters, Oklahoma.

LaDonna’s grandfather was part of the last efforts to resist the United States’ encroachment on Comanche lands and told...

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