Published on November 5th, 2018 | by GrowWNYAdmin


RENEW Distinguished Lecture Series Presents: Winona LaDuke

The Need for Water Protectors

During the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a new term was born – “Water Protector”. This became the preferred way to talk about the residents of the Standing Rock resistance camps; rather than protester. The reason for this is simple – the actions taken during Standing Rock were done to protect the water and the planet. Water Protectors are not radicals that want us to return the middle ages, but futurists that want a clean, healthy environment for their children and the next seven generations. In these times of climate chaos and political inaction, we must all be Water Protectors.

November 16th, 2018
2:30pm – 4:45pm
Center for the Arts Screening Room
North Campus

Limited Space – RSVP Here – Before November 15th

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Networking and Refreshments

3:00pm – 3:15pm
Introduction and Comments

3:15pm – 4:00pm
RENEW Distinguished Lecture

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Fireside Chat with Dean Robert Shibley

4:30pm – 4:45pm
Distinguished Lecture Recognition

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, Winona 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.

Winona LaDuke

In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nom​ inated by ​Time magazine as one of America’s fifty 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. a novel- Last Standing Woman, and her newest work The Winona LaDuke Chronicles. She is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.

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