Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist working on issues of economic, food, and energy sovereignty. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and leads several organizations including Honor the Earth, Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing, and Winona’s Hemp. These organizations develop and model cultural-based sustainable development strategies utilizing renewable energy and sustainable food systems. She is an international thought leader in the areas of climate justice, renewable energy, and environmental justice. She is also a leader in the work of protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. She has authored six books including; Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations, Last Standing Woman, and her newest work, The Winona LaDuke Chronicles.
By Winona LaDuke, Resilience.org
Have you ever fallen in love with someone who is dying? That's some of the sentiment of this time. Some of what we know in the world will no longer be here, that's the world we have created.
By Winona LaDuke, Resilience.org
In the time of the Seventh Fire, the Anishinaabe were told that we will have a choice between two paths: one well worn, but scorched; and a second that's not well worn, but green. We are instructed to make a choice.
The Twelve Days (and Months) of Climate Justice Day Two: Winona LaDuke and Sitting Bull at Standing Rock
By Winona LaDuke, John Foran
It’s 2016 and the weight of American corporate interests has come to the Missouri River, the Mother River. This time, instead of the Seventh Cavalry or the Indian police dispatched to assassinate Sitting Bull, it is Enbridge and Dakota Access Pipeline.
By Winona LaDuke, Indian Country News
Standing Rock is an unpredicted history lesson for all of us.
By Winona LaDuke, Common Dreams
This past week, Henry Red Cloud, a descendent of Chief Red Cloud and President of Lakota Solar Enterprises, was recognized as a Champion of Change by President Obama for his leadership in renewable energy.
By Winona LaDuke, Martin Curry, Post Carbon Institute/Foundation for Deep Ecology
The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, would travel straight through sensitive watersheds, temperate rainforests, and millennia-old communities of First Nations peoples.
By Winona LaDuke, On The Commons
Giiwedinong means “going home” in the Anishinaabeg language- it also means North, which is the place from which we come.This is a key problem that modern industrial society faces today. We cannot restore our relationship with the Earth until we find our place in the world. This is our challenge today: where is home?
By Winona LaDuke, YES! magazine
In Canada, three-quarters of all the crop varieties that existed before the 20th century are extinct. And, of the remaining quarter, only 10 percent are available commercially from Canadian seed companies (the remainder are held by gardeners and families). Over 64 percent of the commercially held seeds are offered by only one company; if those varieties are dropped, the seeds may be lost. That’s the reason Caroline and about 100 other indigenous farmers and gardeners—along with students and community members—gathered in March on the White Earth reservation in Northern Minnesota to share knowledge, stories, and, of course, seeds.