Renowned American Indian activist Winona La Duke coming to SU

Internationally known American Indian activist Winona La Duke will speak on "The Economics of Change: building sustainable communities." LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations. As executive director of Honor the Earth, she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support and create funding for frontline native environmental groups. 

"It is a great honor to have Winona LaDuke at Seattle University," said Ted Fortier, associate professor of anthropology. "Her consistent advocacy for environmental justice and human rights  is both inspirational and challenging.  I expect that her talk will draw many environmental and tribal leaders to Seattle University."

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 Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the BIHA Community Service Award in 1997, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women's Leadership Fellowship and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, La Duke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues, including six books. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves as co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women's organization. A number of university offices are sponsoring La Duke's visit to campus.

Tickets are available through For more information, contact Ted Fortier at 296-5385.

CONTACT: Ted Fortier. 296-5385

DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, Feb. 28
EVENT TIME: 7-8:30 p.m.
EVENT LOCATION: Pigott Auditorium

AUDIENCE: Faculty , Staff , Students , Alumni , General Public