Lanada War Jack
Ph.D. in Political Science
LaNada War Jack is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and majored in an Independent Major of Native American Law & Politics, graduating in 1970. While a student at UC Berkeley, War Jack participated as the Native American component of the Third Worlds Strike to establish the first Ethnic Studies Program in the UC statewide University system. In 1969, War Jack and other students throughout California took over Alcatraz Island in a peaceful protest of the federal government’s ill treatment of Native people and broken treaties with tribes. This facilitated certain subsequent government funded policies for Indian tribes nationwide while recovering millions of acres of land back.
Pursuing enforcement of treaty obligations and Indian Rights, War Jack was on the founding board and executive board of the Native American Rights Fund for nearly a decade and maintains a current relationship. She has been an elected councilwoman for her tribes and served on many boards both locally and nationally. 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. She served as the Executive Director for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for three years and is presently the President of Indigenous Visions Network. She taught classes in Native American History at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. She was a Distinguished Professor at Boise State University teaching Native American Law and Politics.