Food Security and Environmental Justice

Winona LaDuke

Wednesday, 28 Mar 2018 at 7:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is founder and codirector of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for Native environmental groups, working nationally and internationally on climate change, renewable energy, sustainable food systems and environmental justice. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on culturally-based sustainable development strategies. The 2018 Richard Thompson Memorial Lecture
In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of a number of non-fiction titles including All Our Relations, The Winona LaDuke Reader, Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming, Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People, The Militarization of Indian Country, and her most recent The Winona Laduke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice. She has also penned a work of fiction, Last Standing Woman, and a children's book, In the Sugarbush.

Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.

Cosponsored By:
  • American Indian Studies Program
  • Ames Public Library Friends Foundation
  • Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women & Politics
  • Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture
  • MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment
  • Pearl Hogrefe Fund
  • Student Union Board
  • Thompson Memorial Lecture Fund
  • United Native American Student Association
  • University Library
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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