Winona LaDuke, Executive Director and Co-founder of Honor the Earth on the White Earth Nation in northern Minnesota, a two-time former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate with Ralph Nader, Forbes magazine “50 Over 50:Women of Impact” 2021 award” and many others, and author of several books, including her latest, To Be A Water Protector: The Rise of the Wiindigo Slayers
Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She co-founded and is Executive Director of Honor the Earth, whose mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Her other organizations, Akiing and Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm, help communities produce sustainable energy and materials for a restorative and regenerative economy.
Winona lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota and is a two-time vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. A rural development economist and graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on indigenous struggles for environmental justice. Winona is the author of many books, including “All Our Relations” and, most recently, “To Be a Water Protector”. She is also the recipient of many awards, including a 2007 induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and, in 1994, recognition by Time Magazine in their list of fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. Her White Earth Land Recovery Project won the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity. Winona was also Co-founder and Board Co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network for fifteen years and maintains a significant role in international advocacy for Indigenous people, including numerous presentations at United Nations forums.