Activist and Author Winona LaDuke to Lecture on “Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective”

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 16, 2018—Winona LaDuke, internationally acclaimed author, orator, and activist, will deliver a lecture titled “Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective” at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3.

In her lecture, LaDuke will discuss her life’s work to protect the lands and the ways of life in Native communities in the face of climate change and environmental destruction. She will share her experiences working with her organizations, White Earth Land Recovery Project and Honor the Earth, which are leading the charge for culturally-based sustainable development, renewable, energy, and environmental justice for Native and Indigenous peoples. She will also reference her work regarding a variety of issues that impact indigenous populations, including settler colonialism and the erosion of indigenous land rights, as well as modes of indigenous resistance, including environmental spirituality and indigenous and anti-colonial feminisms.

In her community on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, LaDuke leads the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based nonprofit organizations in the country and a groundbreaking advocate for culturally-based sustainable development strategies, working to protect indigenous plans and heritage foods from genetic engineering. LaDuke is the founder and co-director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group working to elevate public support and funding for Native environmental groups advocating for renewable energy and sustainable development in the the wake of climate change. She has also campaigned as a two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party and was an influential voice in the protest movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In addition to authoring numerous articles in a variety of publications, LaDuke has written a number of nonfiction books, including All Our Relations, The Winona LaDuke Reader, Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming, and Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People. Her most recent book, The Militarization of Indian Country, illuminates the impact that the U.S. military has had on Native peoples, lands, and cultures.

LaDuke holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and an M.A. in community economic development from Antioch University.

This event is organized by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program in partnership with the Williams College Feminist Collective.

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