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Winona LaDuke to Speak at Graduation

Graduating students have chosen acclaimed environmental and Native activist Winona LaDuke as the speaker for Commencement 2001, scheduled for April 28. LaDuke has written and worked to strengthen Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation. Winona LaDuke is an enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Anishinaabeg. She is Program Director of the Honor the Earth Fund and Founding Director for the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

In 1994, LaDuke was named by Time as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. In both the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns, she served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate for the Green Party. In 1997, with the Indigo Girls, she was named a “Ms.” Woman of the Year. In 1988, she received the Reebok Human Rights Award.

LaDuke is the author of the books Last Standing Woman (Voyageur Press, 1999), and All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (South End Press, 1999). Of the latter book, Ralph Nader wrote the following: “A brilliant, gripping narrative of the corporate state’s brutality to the land of its First Natives and the valiant ones who are resisting and rebuilding their culture and identity.” LaDuke earned her master’s degree in 1995 at Antioch University, which at that time was known as the School for Adult and Experiential Learning (SAEL).

LaDuke was also a featured speaker at the Summer 2000 Peace Studies Institute at Antioch College.


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