Winona LaDuke's message will speak to this moment in history and the ongoing efforts to further social, cultural, and environmental justice. She will address the interrelated issues of energy, food sovereignty, Native Rights, and an economics for the 99%.

Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University will co-present one of the most important activist intellectuals of our time, Winona LaDuke, on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at NYU Law School’s Vanderbilt Hall (Tishman Auditorium), 40 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y.

The talk, part of The Albert Gallatin Lectures Series, is entitled “Standing Rock, the 7th Generation, and An Economics for Us All.” It will be co-hosted by the following Indigenous organizations: NYU Native American and Indigenous Students’ Group (NAISG), American Indian Community House, and American Indian Law Alliance.

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“The essence of the problem is about consumption, recognizing that a society that consumes one third of the world’s resources is unsustainable. This level of consumption requires constant intervention into other people’s lands. That’s what’s going on.”  —Winona LaDuke

In her presentation, LaDuke's message will speak to this moment in history, and the ongoing efforts to further social, cultural, and environmental justice. She will address the interrelated issues of energy, food sovereignty, Native Rights, and an economics for the 99%. She’ll also offer ideas about what each of us can do to come together, address climate justice, and move North America toward a sustainable, post-carbon economy. NAISG co-president Angelo Baca and PhD candidate in Anthropology at NYU calls LaDuke “an academic and an elder leading tribal nations in the Americas. Her work on Indigenous food sovereignty, Native Americans and the military, green, and renewable energy projects, and Indigenous environmental struggles is noteworthy on every level and remains a role model in the struggle of many Indigenous Peoples all over the world.”

Winona LaDuke 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. She works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice alongside Indigenous communities. In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country. Globally and nationally, LaDuke 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.

In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms.Woman of the Year (with the Indigo Girls in l997), and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards-including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering. LaDuke was a 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. This has included numerous presentations at United Nations forums.

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

For more information, please call 212.992.7762. Reporters wishing to attend are asked to contact Robert Polner, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.2337 or Subways: (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

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