Winona LaDuke is a Harvard-educated economist, environmental activist, author, hemp farmer, grandmother and a two-time former Green Party Vice President candidate with Ralph Nader. LaDuke specializes in rural development; economic, food and energy sovereignty; and environmental justice.
Living and working on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, LaDuke leads several organizations, including Honor the Earth (co-founded with The Indigo Girls 28 years ago), 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.
LaDuke is an international thought leader and lecturer in climate justice, renewable energy and environmental justice, plus an advocate for protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. She has written seven books, including Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations, Last Standing Woman, The Winona LaDuke Chronicles,and her newest work, To Be A Water Protector: The Rise of the Wiindigo Slayers.