Winona LaDuke

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.

Winona La Duke's hemp farm

The Indigenous Growers Reviving Hemp’s Deep Roots

From the banks of Wounded Knee Creek to the White Earth reservation, this spring, more seeds will be planted for the New Green Revolution. Bringing life back to the soil is work, but these farmers are doing it. Fields of dreams, indeed.

May 20, 2024

Line 3 pipeline protest

“People vs. Fossil Fuels’’: Winona LaDuke & Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

The “People vs. Fossil Fuels” mobilization, led by the Indigenous Environmental Network,, Sunrise Movement, the Center for Biological Diversity and others, comes as Canadian pipeline company Enbridge has completed the construction of its contested Line 3 crude oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.

October 12, 2021

Wild Rice run

Winona LaDuke: Return to Rice Lake

Looking out from Big Bear Landing, you can see the rice coming in strong, and the swans on the lake, huge flocks of them. A constant in our lives, the rice remains, awaiting the Anishinaabe, our prayers, our songs, and our gratitude.

July 13, 2021

Rezzie the Riveter

Native hemp farming, opportunity to lead New Green Revolution

Our crop of choice, hemp, stands to be a leading material in a transformation from fossil fuel dependence to renewable energy stability.

June 7, 2021

hemp plants

Tribes Revive Traditional Hemp Economies

With 10,000 uses, hemp is one of the most versatile plants to grow—and in many ways can be a catalyst for change for Native peoples.

February 19, 2021

Find Your Mettle

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.

July 25, 2019

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