Native American Environmentalist & Political Activist
Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. LaDuke's work is primarily in the area of Indigenous Economics, Food and Energy Policy. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. Read More >
TEDx: Seeds of Our Ancestors, Seeds of Life
Finding the Voice to Safeguard Mother Earth
Native American women have a long history of protecting the environment and Mother Earth. In addition to being primary farmers, both historically and presently, Native American women are also the stewards of waters and other spiritual entities within their cultures. Read More >
Many of today’s immediate and closest felt environmental struggles have indigenous women at the helm of conservation, restoration, and sustainability efforts. Whether protecting the land from PCB contamination, putting an end to genetic engineering and contamination of seeds, or stopping coal strip mines, Native American women have pushed to maintain the natural landscape of our country while changing its cultural landscape for the better.
In this keynote presentation, LaDuke explores the strength, dedication, and vigor of Native American women. Though they may have been marginalized by the dominant society, they have still found a voice. They work to move forward, continue intergenerational responsibility, and protect Mother Earth. Read Less ^
"Native American Cultural Programs (NACP) was honored to host Winona LaDuke as the keynote speaker for Native American Heritage Month. Ms. LaDuke was an engaging speaker whose passion for social, economic, and environmental justice was evident in her inspiring lecture. In spite of some of the recent political events, she exuded great positivity with her hopes for the future. It was extremely refreshing to witness her energy and enthusiasm for initiatives relating to conservation and environmental protection. NACP feels very fortunate and privileged to have hosted Ms. LaDuke, and we would love to have her return again soon!"
"Winona was great! We received great feedback from her talk, and she was a treat to work with. Thanks so much for your help in facilitating this process."