Winona LaDuke to speak at ELAC March 10Posted: Mar/4/2020 10:21 AM
Monterey Park, CA – American environmentalist, economist, and writer Winona LaDuke will be speaking and holding a book signing on campus in the Ingalls Auditorium on Tuesday, March 10 at 12:15 p.m. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
LaDuke is known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. She helped found the Indigenous Women’s Network and worked with Women of All Red Nations to publicize American forced sterilization of Native American women. She is the founder of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for Native environmental groups on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice. She is the author of several books including Last Standing Woman (1997) and All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (2016).
In 1994, TIME magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 LaDuke was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity.
At the March 10 event she will be signing copies of her book All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, which is a thoughtful and in-depth account of Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation. LaDuke’s unique understanding of Native ideas and people is borne from long years of experience, and is deepened by inspiring testimonies from local Native activists sharing the struggle for survival.
Winona is the first of three major speakers the ELAC Women/Gender Studies Committee are hosting on campus this semester. The next speaker on campus will be Angela Davis on April 23 followed by Patrisse Cullors on May 14. To learn more about these upcoming speaking events please visit the ELAC events page.