Native American Environmentalist & Political Activist
Winona LaDuke is a Harvard-educated economist, environmental activist, author, hemp farmer, grandmother, and a two-time former Green Party Vice President candidate with Ralph Nader. LaDuke specializes in rural development, economic, food, and energy sovereignty and environmental justice. Living and working on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, she leads several organizations including Honor the Earth (co-founded with The Indigo Girls 28 years ago), Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing, and Winona’s Hemp. 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 ^
Drawing upon her work as a global leader and activist on issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, water protection and sustainable food systems, Winona LaDuke strongly believes there is a clear path forward. LaDuke will share her vision for this transition, one that is equitable and just for everyone, including Mother Earth.
"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 LaDuke was an incredible keynote speaker for our Season of Nonviolence programming. She was able to fully connect with our audience, even virtually. She did her background work and referenced issues and resources in our area that made it feel very relevant. She was full of wisdom, hope and great ideas and left our audience inspired."
"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."
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