by Winona LaDuke
He was a hero. Make no mistake about it. And, his death in late October, is a great loss to America, not just American Indians, he challenged us a to be better people.
In 1973, life was not good on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the reservation from which he came. That is to say, life expectancy was around 44 years of age, the reservation had a murder rate about eight times higher than the most violent American metropolis, and repression reigned. Off the reservation, things were often worse.
With Keystone Blocked by Obama, Canada Threatens to Run Transcontinental Pipeline to British Columbia
by Winona LaDuke with Martin Curry
I am writing this story because of a bear—a white bear. The Spirit Bears are white bears in a clan of black bears; one out of every 10 of these bears is born pure white. Called Moksgm’ol by the Tsimshian people, there are only 400 Spirit Bears in the Great Bear Rainforest in northern British Columbia. Their territory surrounds the town of Kitimat, the proposed end of another tar sands pipeline, which means large equipment, pipes, possible spills and a lot of infrastructure may soon be invading the home of these bears. Read more...
by Winona LaDuke
As the wind breathes out of Wind Cave in my face, I am reminded of the creation of humans and my own small place in this magnificent world. Wind Cave National Park is named for the cave itself, called Washun Niya, or the Breathing Hole of Mother Earth by the Lakota People. In this creation story, it is from here that they emerged to this world.
It is a complex cave system. According to scientists we may only have a sense of 5 percent of the cave’s volume and breath, and likely even less of its power. In the vernacular of some, this might be known as the “ known unknown.” To most Indigenous Peoples, there is an understanding of the Great Mystery. Read more...
Honor the Earth's new grants round is open with a deadline of November 9th. All proposals can be submitted by mail to: 607 Main Avenue, Callaway, Minnesota 56521 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board encourages proposals on Native environmental justice, sustainable development and cultural preservation, with a grant limit of $5000. The organization’s focus remains on sustainable Indigenous communities support and, in the upcoming year, programmatic work will focus on opposition to fossil fuels extraction and destructive mining practices.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2012
HONOR THE EARTH ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND NEW
Honor the Earth, a twenty year old Indigenous led environmental advocacy and re-
granting organization is pleased to announce our new board of directors, and a new
grants’ cycle beginning immediately.
At a September 25 meeting held on the White Earth reservation, Honor the Earth
founders Winona LaDuke, Amy Ray, Emily Saliers and Cynthia Perez welcomed and
seated new board members to celebrate and honor the organization’s new era of
work. The new board members represent a variety of organizational and Native
communities. Shannon Martin directs Ziibwing Cultural Center on the Saginaw
Chippewa reservation; Paul DeMain is the Editor in Chief of News from Indian Read more...