Winona LaDuke is an economist, environmental activist, author, hemp farmer, grandmother, and two-time Green Party vice presidential candidate, alongside Ralph Nader. Her work focuses on rural development, environmental justice, and economic, food, and energy sovereignty.
LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota and leads the organizations Honor the Earth (co-founded with the Indigo Girls 28 years ago), the Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing, and Winona’s Hemp. These organizations develop culture-based sustainable development strategies using renewable energy and sustainable food systems.
LaDuke is an international leader on climate and environmental justice and renewable energy. She also advocates for the protection of Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
In 2021, LaDuke was named to Forbes’ inaugural 50 Over 50–Women of Impact list. In 1994, she was nominated by TIME magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40. She received the 1996 Thomas Merton Award, the 1997 BIHA Community Service Award, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women’s Leadership Fellowship, and the 1998 Reebok Human Rights Award. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is a co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network. The most recent of her seven books is To Be a Water Protector: The Rise of the Wiindigoo Slayers (Fernwood Press/Columbia University, 2020).