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Kathryn Harris Tijerina

Kathryn Harris Tijerina, American art institute executive, lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1975. Member founding board directors National Institute for Women of Color, Washington, 1978-1984; board directors Tonantzin Land Institute, Albuquerque, since 1986, New Mexico Women's Foundation, Albuquerque, since 1989. Member District of Columbia Bar, National Organization Native American Women (national officer 1987-1988).

Background

  • Tijerina, Kathryn Harris was born on January 12, 1950 in Elgin, Oklahoma, United States. Daughter of Fred Roy and LaDonna Vita (Crawford) Harris.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Radcliffe College-Harvard University, 1972. Juris Doctor, Stanford University, 1975.

    Career

    • Attorney American Indian Policy Review Commission, Washington, 1975-1976. Legislation assistant to Senator James A. Bourezk, United States Senate, 1976-1977, counsel committee on Indian affairs, 1977-1978. Indian affairs specialist United States Department Energy, 1978-1982, acting director, 1979-1980.

      Director Indian resource development New Mexico Higher Education, Las Cruces, 1982-1984, 87-89. Deputy secretary Natural Resource Department New Mexico, Santa Fe, 1984-1987. President Institute American Indian Arts, since 1989.

      Member national advisory board Berkeley (California) Women's Law Journal, since 1984.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1975.

    Works

    • Contributor articles to various publications.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Comanche religion

    Membership

    Member founding board directors National Institute for Women of Color, Washington, 1978-1984. Board directors Tonantzin Land Institute, Albuquerque, since 1986, New Mexico Women's Foundation, Albuquerque, since 1989. Member District of Columbia Bar, National Organization Native American Women (national officer 1987-1988).

    Personality

    Interests

    Reading, gardening.

    Connections

    • Married Manuel Tijerina, April 24, 1976.
    • father: Fred Roy Harris
    • mother: LaDonna Vita (Crawford) Harris
    • spouse: Manuel Tijerina
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    Born January 12, 1950
    (age 66)
    Nationality
    • 1972
      Radcliffe College-Harvard University
    • 1975
      Stanford University
    • 1975 - 1976
      Attorney, American Indian Policy Review Commission
      Washington, United States
    • 1976 - 1977
      legislation assistant, to Senator James A. Bourezk
    • 1982 - 1984
      director, Indian resource development New Mexico Higher Education
      Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
    • 1984 - 1987
      deputy secretary, Natural Resource Department New Mexico
      Santa Fe, Argentina, Argentina
    • 1989
      president, Institute American Indian Arts
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