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LaDonna Harris
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    (February 26, 1931- )
    Born in Temple, Oklahoma
    Birth name is LaDonna Vita Tabbytite-Crawford
    Representative of the Comanche Nation
    Wife of Senator Fred R. Harris of Oklahoma (m. 1944- 7)
    Founded Americans for Indian Opportunity (1970)
    Founding Member of the National Women's Political Caucus (1971)
    Author of 'A Comanche Life' (2000)
    Her first name sounds like Madonna.
    She claimed when she first met Bobby Kennedy's five-year old daughter, the girl asked her 'what is it like to live in a tent?'
    She presided over the Comanche Nation's controversial decision to adopt Johnny Depp as a member based on his portrayal of Tonto in the 2013 'Lone Ranger' movie.
    Her eldest daughter and friends staged confrontations with police officers at the height of the anti-Vietnam protests. She allowed them to use her house as a makeshift headquarters for their activities.
    She was raised by her grandparents during the Great Depression.
    She an inaugural inductee in the National Native American Hall of Fame.
    She famously utilized her political connections via her husband to lobby effectively for pro-American Indian causes.
    Her popularity eclipsed that of the Senator, earning her spreads in Look, People, and Time Magazine.
    Her advocacy was successful enough to convince President Johnson to establish a cabinet wide Counsel on Indian Affairs.
    She was vice presidential candidate for the Citizens Party under Barry Commoner in the 1980 Presidential election (preceding historic nominee Geraldine Ferraro by four years).
    She has remained on amiable terms with her husband decades after their divorce.
    She successfully helped various Indian tribes regain control of their lands and gain federal recognition.

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