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Winona LaDuke to speak April 11 at MSU

March 8, 2013

Winona LaDuke, a prominent American Indian activist, environmentalist and writer, will speak about climate change, carbon and sustainable futures and "re-indigenizing" economics at a free lecture scheduled at 6:30 p.m. April 11 in Gaines 101   High-Res Available

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Winona LaDuke, a prominent American Indian activist, environmentalist and writer, will speak at Montana State University at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in room 101 of Gaines Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and doors open at 6 p.m.

LaDuke will speak about climate change, carbon and sustainable futures and "re-indigenizing" economics. An interactive live video stream of the event will be hosted on MSU Society of American Indian Graduate Students of MSU's website.

LaDuke is the executive director of both Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project, which she founded at White Earth Reservation in 1989. A member of the Anishinaabe tribe, she has a bachelor's degree in rural economic development from Harvard and a master's in community economic development from Antioch University.

In 1996 and 2000, she served as the vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, serving as Ralph Nader's running mate. She raised awareness on issues ranging from a "living wage," to the challenges of democracy in a world where many of the largest economies are actually those of multinational corporations. She is an advocate for the Seventh Generation Amendment, a proposed U.S. constitutional amendment aimed at preserving ecologically important natural resources.  In addition, LaDuke lectures on a range of issues including electoral reform, sovereign rights of Native people, women's issues, and the protection of the environment.

In 1998, she received Ms. Magazine's Ms. Woman of the Year Award with the Indigo Girls for her activism on Native environmental issues.  In 1994, she was nominated by Time Magazine as one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. She has been awarded the Reebok Human Rights Award, the BIHA Community Service Award, the Thomas Merton Award, and the Ann Bancroft Award for Women's Leadership, among others. She used the proceeds from the Reebok Human Rights Award to launch the White Earth Land Recovery Project in 1989.

LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues and has received a number of awards for her non-fiction and fiction writing. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA, and continues to serve as a co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network. She also serves as a director of tasting for the Muskrat Coffee Company, a tribally-owned fair trade coffee roaster on the White Earth reservation

Laduke's visit is sponsored by MSU Campus Sustainability Advisory Council, MSU Native American Studies, MSU Diversity Awareness Office, MSU Leadership Institute, Associated Students of MSU, Red Feather Development Group, Hopa Mountain, Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations and SAIGS.

For questions, please contact the SAIGS at 406-209-8778 or email

Marsha Small (406) 209-8778,