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Winona LaDuke – Biennial Conference Keynote Address
September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Winona LaDuke–an American environmentalist, economist, and author working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems–will be the keynote speaker for the 14th Biennial Conference’s Monday evening public talk. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-hosted by NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professional in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
Ms. LaDuke 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.
As Executive Director of Honor the Earth, LaDuke works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice alongside Indigenous communities. In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country. She is also the co-founder (along with the Indigo Girls) of Honor the Earth, a grassroots environmental organization focused on Indigenous issues and environmental justice. Globally and nationally, LaDuke is known as a leader in the issues of cultural-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and sustainable food systems. She is one of the leaders in the work of protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. She was awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms. Magazine’s Woman of the Year (with the Indigo Girls) in l997, and in 1998 the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards, including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering. LaDuke co-founded the Indigenous Women’s Network and served as the organization’s board co-chair for 15 years. She maintains a significant role in international advocacy for Indigenous people, including numerous presentations at United Nations forums.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. The author of six books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, Last Standing Woman, and The Winona LaDuke Chronicles, her newest work.