TRCF is delighted and honored to have the inspiring, visionary Winona LaDuke, take the stage at our three-day interdisciplinary conference, Building Change: A Convergence for Social Justice.
Winona LaDuke (born 1959) is a Native American activist, environmentalist, and writer. In 1996, and again in 2000, she ran for vice president of the United States Green party, on the ticket with Ralph Nader.
LaDuke was raised in Ashland, Oregon. She graduated from Harvard in 1982, earning a degree in rural economic development. She then became principal of the high school on the Anishinaabe White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota. She went on to receive an M.A. in Community Economic Development from Antioch University. She soon became an activist and helped the Anishinaabe people buy back their ancestral land from the government. She also worked with Women of All Red Nations to call attention to the alleged high level of forced sterilization among Native American women.
LaDuke is also the author of several books, including, Last Standing Woman (1997); All our Relations: Native struggles for Land and Life (1999); and Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005).
At present, LaDuke is the executive director of Honor the Earth, a Native-led organization that she helped found in 1993 to publicize Native environmental issues.
Winona will speak Thursday, October 13 at 6 PM at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District (1212 Smallman St). General admission tickets for the evening are $10. For $25, attend a pre-event booksigning with Winona at 5:30!