May 25, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, MAY 25, 2012 — LaDonna Harris (Comanche), President and Founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), was appointed on May 16, 2012 as the first Comanche Nation Ambassador to Spain and Castilla-La Mancha by Chairman of the Comanche Nation, Johnny Wauqua.
Harris was appointed following a private traditional Comanche ceremony, when Wauqua presented her with the title and the proclamation. Spain has entered into official agreement with Sia, an Oklahoma-based nonprofit organization affiliated with the Comanche Nation, for the purpose of preservation of the Spanish Imperial Eagle. In both the Spanish and Comanche culture, eagles have a historical and cultural symbolism and attachment.
The proclamation states that Harris was appointed as Ambassasdor, “to honor this landmark in diplomatic relations and to properly facilitate continued good will with the people of Spain.”
Of her appointment, Harris said, “I learned after that Sia and Chairman Wauqua had been planning the announcement for months, but it came as a complete surprise to me! I am humbled and honored to represent the Comanche Nation to our brothers and sisters in Spain.”
Harris serves on Sia’s Board of Directors.