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Biography


 

Dr. LaNada War Jack is a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes where she lives on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho.  In January of 1968 she was the first Native American student enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with honors in an Independent Major of Native American Law & Politics. While attending UC Berkeley, 

Dr. War Jack participated as the first Native American component of the first Ethnic Studies Program in the UC statewide effort in establishing Native American Studies, African American Studies, Chicano Studies and Asian Studies.  


In 1969, Dr. War Jack and students throughout California united together to take over Alcatraz Island in peaceful protest against the federal government’s ill treatment of the Native Indigenous people and the federal government's repeatedly breaking of treaties with tribes. This ended the Indian Termination Policies, beginning the self determination era and facilitated certain subsequent government funded policies for Indian Tribes' Nation wide while recovering millions of acres of land back.


Pursuing serious enforcement of treaties' obligations and Indian rights, Dr. War Jack was on the founding steering committee and executive board of the Native American Rights Fund for nearly a decade.  She has been an elected councilwoman for her tribes and served on many boards both locally and nationally. In 1985, Dr. War Jack co organized Tribal Survival Ecosystems and received her Certificate in Permaculture Design from the International Permaculture Institute, Tazmania, Austrailia.  Dr. War Jack completed her graduate work at Idaho State University with a Masters in Public Administration and a Doctorate of Arts Degree in Political Science, Pocatello, Idaho in 1999.  Dr. War Jack served as the Executive Director for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes for three years and presently the President of Indigenous Visions Network and in Native American History at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska.  Dr. War Jack is currently a Distinguished Professor at Boise State University teaching federal Indian Law/Tribal Government and editing her book for publication this May, 2019. Her book is entitled Colonization Battlefield: A Native American Historical and Personal Perspective on Oppression, Survival and Resistance.