Winona LaDuke is one of the world’s most tireless and charismatic leaders on issues related to climate change, Indigenous rights, human rights, green and rural economies, grass-roots organizing, local foods, alternative sources of energy and the priceless value of clean water over a career spanning nearly 40 years of activism. Renowned and gifted writer.
Winona LaDuke, in 2007, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame
"Native American land rights activist, environmentalist, economist, politician, and author Winona LaDuke has spent her career working on a national level to advocate, raise public support and create funding for environmental groups. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has become known as a voice for Native American economic and environmental concerns around the globe.
LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg. While attending Harvard University, LaDuke met Jimmy Durham, a well-known Native American activist, and her own interest in issues related to Native tribes began. At the age of 18, LaDuke spoke to the United Nations regarding Native American concerns.
After graduation, LaDuke moved to the White Earth Ojibwe reservation in Minnesota, where she became principal of the reservation high school. There, she quickly became involved in a lawsuit to recover lands promised to the Anishinaabeg people by an 1867 federal treaty. After four years of litigation the case was dismissed, prompting LaDuke to found the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The project’s mission centers on land recovery, preservation and restoration of traditional practices and the strengthening of spiritual and cultural heritage. In 1985, she established the Indigenous Women’s Network, a group devoted to increasing the visibility of Native Women and empowering them to participate in political, social, and cultural processes.
LaDuke is program director of the Honor the Earth Fund, a national advocacy group that seeks to educate and create public support and funding for native environmental groups. In 1998, her work was recognized by Ms. Magazine, which named her Woman of the Year. Four years earlier she was nominated by Time Magazine as one of the country’s fifty most promising leaders under the age of 40.
In 1996 and again in 2000 she was a vice-presidential candidate, joining Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket. A mother of three, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues."
LaDuke has written many books:
- Last Standing Woman (1997), novel, and newly released in 2015.
- All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999), about the drive to reclaim tribal land for ownership
- Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), a book about traditional beliefs and practices.
- The Militarization of Indian Country: Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women
- The Sugar Bush.
She has also co-written several other books including:
- Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
- Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism
- Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community
- Struggle for the Land: Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide, and Colonization
- Cutting Corporate Welfare
- Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look in All Directions
- New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism
- Make a Beautiful Way: The Wisdom of Native American Women
- How to Say I Love You in Indian
- Earth Meets Spirit: A Photographic Journey Through the Sacred Landscape
- Otter Tail Review: Stories, Essays and Poems from Minnesota's Heartland