Renowned Author Winona LaDuke to Give UM’s President’s Lecture at The Wilma

Native American environmentalist, economist, and author Winona LaDuke will speak at The Wilma on February 26, 2019, as a part of the University of Montana’s President’s Lecture Series.  The event is FREE, open to the public and is seating is available on a first come, first served basis. 

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Winona is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food and Energy Policy. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth (HtE). She co-founded HtE with the Indigo Girls, as a platform to raise awareness of and money for indigenous struggles for environmental justice.

In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, and Akiing: 8th Fire Project. She also runs Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm. Globally and nationally, Winona is known as a leader in the issues of cultural-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and sustainable food systems. She is one of the leaders in the work of protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She also attended the Massachussets Institute of Technology in the Community Fellows Program. The author of six books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations. a novel-Last Standing Woman, and her newest work The Winona LaDuke Chronicles. She is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.

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Common lecture topics include:

● Creating a Multi-Cultural Democracy: Religion, Culture, and Identity in America

● Recovering the Sacred: An American Holy Land, and Non-Christian Faith in America

● The Next Energy Economy: Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change, and How We Move Ahead

● Seed Sovereignty: Who Owns the Seeds of the World, Bio-Piracy, Genetic Engineering and Indigenous Peoples

● Water is life/love water, not oil: Opposing the Enbridge Corporation in Northern Minnesota

● Hemp Futures: Re-establishing the hemp economy in Northern Minnesota