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Author, activist LaDuke to speak on food sovereignty April 15 at UW-Green Bay

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Internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist Winona LaDuke will offer a free public presentation on food sovereignty at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15 in Room 250 of Rose Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

LaDuke (Anishinaabe), a graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time Magazine named her one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. 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. LaDuke served as Green Party candidate Ralph Nader’s running mate in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.

In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of “Last Standing Woman” (fiction); “All Our Relations” (nonfiction); “In the Sugarbush” (children’s nonfiction) and “The Winona LaDuke Reader.” Her most recent book is “Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming” (2005, South End Press). LaDuke is an enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Anishinaabe. She lives with her family on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

LaDuke is founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation-based nonprofit devoted to restoring the land base and culture of the White Earth Anishinaabe. She helped found the Honor the Earth organization in 1993 and has served in a leadership position since its inception.

LaDuke’s presentation is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Education Center for First Nations Studies, Environmental Management and Business Institute, and First Nations Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies programs.

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