Hall Center For The Humanities


Winona LaDuke

"Native American Environmentalism at the Cusp of the Millennium"
Humanities Lecture Series

Wed., Nov. 5, 1997, 12:00am
Native American environmentalist Winona LaDuke (Chippewa) focused on her work to improve the present plight of Native Americans around the country resulting from industrial and other misuse of environments traditionally inhabited by native people. LaDuke also conducted two colloquia during her visit, "Native Americans and the Environment: Part I," held at the Hall Center, and "Native Americans and the Environment: Part II. A Continuing Discussion," held at Haskell Indian Nations University.

LaDuke's directorship of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, as well as her work with the Indigenous Women's Network, has earned her the reputation as one of the nation's most promising young leaders under age 40. Her work with White Earth has resulted in the retrieval of nearly 1,000 acres of Anishanabe tribal land in Minnesota that were lost over decades through questionable sales and foreclosures resulting from unpaid government taxes. When LaDuke began her project with $20,000 she received from the Reebok company for her human rights work, less than one-tenth of the original reservation remained in tribal hands. Today, LaDuke's group continues to buy back lost lands an acre at a time, and eventually she hopes to add another 30,000 acres to the reservation.

November 5, 1997
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