Donita Sue Fry proudly describes her backgrounds as Shoshone Bannock from Fort Hall, and Irish and French Canadian. She reflects on how growing up, first on her tribe’s reservation and later in Alaska helped prepare her for the community work she does today in the Portland area. Her early family life nurtured her natural passion for advocacy and caring for others.
Life wasn’t always easy for Donita and she refers to her experience with historical trauma when she says, “I knew I had to hit rock bottom.”
Her determination for escaping the effects of historical trauma inspired her to “honor the people; not just Indian people, all people,” a motto that leads her in the work she does on behalf of all people. In paying forward what she gained, she expresses a personal accountability towards others, “I have that ability and with that ability I have a responsibility.”