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Indigenous Studies at Brooklyn College: Winona LaDuke - 2020 Hess Scholar in Residence

Winona LaDuke


The Hess Scholar in Residence for 2019/2020 was Winona LaDuke, an internationally renowned activist and writer whose work focuses on environmental and human rights issues, including issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. 

As program director for Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change and environmental justice with 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, recognized as a leader in food systems issues, particularly its work in protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. 

In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award, the Ms. Woman of the Year Award, and the Reebok Human Rights Award. 

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program and the Christensen Fund. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota, and was a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.


Books by Winona LaDuke

All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, 2016

The Militarization of Indian Country, 2013

The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Economic Justice, 2016

Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming, 2005

Last Standing Woman, 1999

Voices from the White Earth: gaa-waabaabiganikaag, 1993


Articles by Winona LaDuke

Indigenous Power: A New Energy Economy
in Race, Poverty & the Environment, 2006

Wild Rice: Maps, Genes and Patents
in Ojibwe Akiing, 2001

The Indigenous Perspective on Feminism, Militarism, and the Environment
in Race, Poverty & the Environment, 1994

War of the Rices: Native Americans Struggle to Keep Wild Rice Wild
in East West, 1991

We Are Still Here: The 500 Years Celebration
in Race, Poverty & the Environment, 1992

The Struggle for Cultural Diversity
in Race, Poverty & the Environment, 1990

Native America: The Political Economy of Radioactive Colonialism
with Ward Churchill, in Critical Sociology, 1986

Native America: The Economics of Radioactive Colonization
Review of Radical Political Economics, 1983