Economy/Economic Visions
Electoral Politics
Food Justice
Native Americans
Racism/Racial Justice
Women & Feminism

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is one of the world’s most tireless and charismatic leaders working on issues of sustainable development, climate change, Indigenous rights, local food systems, grass-roots organizing, alternative sources of energy, and the priceless value of clean water.

She co-founded and is the former Executive Director of Honor the Earth, whose mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Her other organizations, Akiing and Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm, help communities produce sustainable energy and materials for a restorative and regenerative economy.

Winona lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota and 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 a two-time vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. A rural development economist and graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she writes extensively on Indigenous struggles for environmental justice.

Her seven books include: Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming; All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life; The Militarization of Indian Country; and a novel, Last Standing Woman. Her latest book, To Be a Water Protector: Rise of the Wiindigoo Slayers is an expansive, provocative engagement with issues that have been central to her decades of activism, including seven years battling Line 3 -- an Enbridge tar sands oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.

She is also the recipient of many awards, including a 2007 induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and in 1994, recognition by Time Magazine on their list of fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. Her White Earth Land Recovery Project won the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity. Winona was also Co-founder and Board Co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network for fifteen years and maintains a significant role in international advocacy for Indigenous people, including numerous presentations at United Nations forums.


"Winona has a wonderful way with people, bringing out the best in them, helping them to focus on things that matter and which they maybe hadn't taken seriously before. Winona is grounded with a light-hearted courage that gets people to feel good about opening up to constructive change."

- Derek Simon, Associate Professor & Chair, Religious Studies, St. Thomas University, Fredericton NM Department of Religious Studies

"Winona's event was fantastic! She is such a dynamic and intelligent speaker, yet at the same time, entirely approachable and warm. Our audience loved the talk!"

- James R. Allison, University of Virgina

Winona LaDuke was an excellent speaker and provided very informative and thoughtful insights on the experiences of Native Americans, land use, agriculture and cultural traditions. She was engaging at all times and personable in her relationships with faculty, staff and students in our community. She met with members of the Native community and shared dinner with them. She was great!

- Cornel Morton, Cal Poly State University CA

"Outspoken, engaging, and unflaggingly dedicated to matters of ecological sustainability..."

- The Promised Land Public Radio Series


Lighting the 8th Fire: The Just Transition, Indigenous Prophecies, and How Change is Made
This presentation profiles Indigenous resistance to the fossil fuels industry, the transition to a solar, hemp, and local food economy, and the strength of social movements like Black Lives Matter and Land Back to transform the world.

The New Green Revolution: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future
In this presentation, Winona highlights the restoration of Indigenous and heritage foods, the collapse and decline of industrialized agriculture, and the essential transition to a hemp and local agriculture and food economy.

Decisions for the Seventh Generation: One Dish, One Spoon Treaty, Sustainability and the Rights of Nature
The original agreements and treaties with and between Indigenous nations foundationally were treaties to protect the world and people and to consider the impact on the seventh future generation. Winona looks at how these traditional legal canons are being applied today internationally in the work on the Rights of Nature from Bolivia to White Earth in Minnesota.

Indigenous Women, Return of the Matriarchs: Traditional Knowledge and Governance
This presentation looks at women in leadership, the underlying principles of matriarchal leadership,  and the role of Indigenous women today in our communities and in social movements.