Winona LaDuke is an American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party of the United States, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader.
A Native American with Ojibwe ancestry, she is the executive director of Honor the Earth and is active in Anishinaabe issues, helping found the Indigenous Women’s Network in 1985.
“Honor the Earth was created to raise awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.”
Winona embodies a number of critical issues: sustainable food systems, indigenous rights, first-nation movements, oil and gas extraction, and climate change. She’s pushing forward the frontline, and we all benefit when Winona succeeds.
A mini documentary titled FOOD AND WATER | EARTH, directed by Suez Taylor, was shown at the United Nations where it was featured during the Commission of the Status of Women. Just recently, Winona received news that it will be in the permanent collection of the Mille Lacs Native American History Museum.