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    Native American Day

    A talk by Dr. LaDonna Harris, founder and president of the advocacy group Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), will be the capstone event when California University of Pennsylvania marks its second annual Native American Day on Nov. 2.

    A member of the Comanche Nation and an ardent advocate on behalf of Tribal America, Harris is a longtime activist in the areas of civil rights, environmental protection, the women’s movement and world peace.

    She will discuss “The Power of Indigenous Female Leadership” at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

    The talk is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.  A reception and book signing will follow.

    This year’s Native American Day at Cal U also will feature classroom visits by Harris and a group of AIO Ambassadors — Native Americans who participate in leadership development and community-building initiatives based on traditional indigenous values. Continuing their dialogue with Cal U students, they will provide education about Native American heritage and raise awareness about the role of native peoples in the 21st century.

    In addition, Native American Day will mark the official opening of the LaDonna Harris Indigenous Peoples Institute at California University of Pennsylvania.

    The institute will be led by Dr. Clarissa Confer, of the Department of History and Political Science. A member of the Cal U faculty since 2008, she is the author of three books: Daily Life in the Indian Wars, Daily Life in Pre-Columbian America and The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War.

    For information about Cal U or directions to the campus in California, Pa., visit the University’s website at

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    Dr. LaDonna Harris 2009 Commencement

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    Americans for Indian Opportunity

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    About the Ambassadors program

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    LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

    Dr. Clarissa Confer biography

    Portrait of Dr. Clarissa Confer.Dr. Clarissa Confer will lead the LaDonna Harris Indigenous Peoples Institute at Cal U.