American Indian Activist LaDuke to Speak on February 28

Written by Laura Paskin
February 20, 2013

Winona La Duke, internationally known American Indian activist, author, and environmentalist, presents "The Economics of Change: Building Sustainable Communities"  on February 28. LaDuke, an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg, lives and works on the White Earth Reservations. As Executive Director of Honor the Earth, she advocates and raises support for frontline native environmental groups.

"It is a great honor to have Winona LaDuke at Seattle University," said Anthropology Professor Ted Fortier. "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."

LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues.  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. She ran for Vice President on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 2000.

LaDuke’s presentation is scheduled for February 28 at 7 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Tickets are available through

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