Dr. LaNada War Jack is a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribe and one of the most pivotal leaders of the Alcatraz Occupation. As the first Native American to attend University of California Berkeley, War Jack was instrumental in organizing the student-led takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969 due to her role as the head of the Native American Student Organization at UCB.
Dr. War Jack received her degree in Ethnic Studies from UCB and continued her education by obtaining a Master's in Public Administration and then her Doctorate in Political Science. Since the Occupation, Dr. War Jack has been an unyielding advocated for Native American rights and self determination and served in leadership roles for her tribe and several Native American organizations.
War Jack was pivotal to the Alcatraz Occupation and served in a leadership role and oversaw the logistical side of the operation, such as by helping plan supply ship deliveries to the isolated protesters on the Island. Dr. War Jack was one of the last to leave the island and persevered until the bitter end when the remnants of the protesters were removed from Alcatraz Island by US Government forces.