About Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activistm. She is is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.

The Fat Takers’ Pipeline

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Winona LaDuke: The Lakota, like many other Native people, see a big infrastructure project like the Keystone XL pipeline, which moves profits from one corporation to another, across their land, as more than a black snake of the fat taker. It is a threat, and there is no new water.

Crow & Lummi, Dirty Coal & Clean Fishing

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Dirty Coal: Coal interests hope to construct North America’s largest coal export terminal on this “home of the Ancient Ones.”

Monster Slayers: Can the Navajo Nation Kick the Coal Habit?

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Winona LaDuke: A war is raging between traditional Dine people seeking to maintain their way of life between six sacred mountains and the relentless economics of fossil fuels. The battles between these two mighty forces have put the largest Native tribal government in a difficult position.

Violence Against Women Act: Why Native Women Matter

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Winona LaDuke: This week’s debate on the Violence Against Women Act marks what may be a very important stage in improving relations between tribal governments, state and federal governments, and the protection of women.

Idle No More

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Winona LaDuke: This weekend, hundreds of Native people and their supporters held a flash mob round dance with hand drum singing, again as a part of the Idle No More protest movement. This quickly emerging wave of Native activism on environmental and human rights issues has spread like a wildfire across the continent.

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