LaDonna Harris is a Comanche social activist, politician, and author. LaDonna is the founder and President of the Americans for Indian Opportunity. She ran for Vice President in the 1980 United States Presidential election and is still politically active today.
LaDonna Tabbytite Harris was born in 1931 in Temple, Oklahoma. She was raised by her grandparents in Indian country on a farm. She began her involvement in politics as the wife of United States Senator Fred Harris. She began as President of the Americans for Indian Opportunity in the 1970s. She has, also, helped found other organizations for Indian, environmental, and women’s causes.
With her husband, LaDonna lived and worked in Washington, D.C. She and her husband had three children. She worked in mainstream Democratic politics while her husband was a Congressman. She has since worked with other political parties as well, including her run for 1980 Vice President in the Citizens Party. She was an honorary co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.
LaDonna has worked for what she believes in throughout her life. She inspired one of her children, Laura, to work with her as the Executive Director of the Americans for Indian Opportunity. In 2000, LaDonna published her autobiography LaDonna Harris: A Comanche Life. Be inspired! Have a bright day!