Speaking Engagements

Renown international speaker and writer Winona LaDuke is sought after by Universities, grassroots organizations, tribal governments, and media outlets for her consultation and expertise on a variety of topics.

Winona is available for a variety of media opportunities including video, podcasts, print media, and television. She can be interviewed via phone, Skype, email, and in person. We often invite video crews come to our home base on the White Earth reservation in Northwestern Minnesota to get a real feel for our work, and our community.

We recommend that you contact us several weeks in advance. For all inquiries please contact us at [email protected]




Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.

As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. And 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, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect 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 years of age.  She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms.Woman of the Year ( with the Indigo Girls in l997) , and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards- including the prestigious  2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering.

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 as well as a boardmember of the Christensen Fund. The Author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel- Last Standing Woman, she is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.


  • Creating a  Multi-Cultural Democracy:  Religion, Culture, and Identity in America
  • Recovering the Sacred:  An American Holy Land, and Non-Christian Faith in America
  • The Next Energy Economy: Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change, and How We Move Ahead
  • Seed Sovereignty: Who Owns the Seeds of the World, Bio-Piracy, Genetic Engineering and Indigenous Peoples 



Keynote presentation Powershift Ottawa, 2012: “We have to Fight”


TedxTC Seeds of our Ancestors, Seeds of Life


Returning Land to American Indians


Winona LaDuke discusses new book The Militarization of Indian Country on Democracy now, 2012


Building a Green Economy, Missouri State University, 2010


“Thinking Beyond Empire” United Theological Seminary, 2011


#INM1YR Webinar Winona Laduke "Restoring Stable Indigenous Economies"





  • The Militarization of Indian Country- forthcoming- Michigan State University Press 
  • Recovering the  Sacred, South End Press 2005
  • Winona LaDuke Reader Voyager Press, 2002
  • All Our Relations. South End Press 1999
  • In the Sugarbush, (children’s). Rigby Communications 1997
  • Last Standing Woman. Voyager Press. 1997
  • Have also published extensively on issues of Native economic development, environmental issues, and legal issues related to Native affairs.  Published in magazines including: Business and Society Review, Cultural Survival Quarterly, Indian Country Today, Insurgent Sociologist, Radcliffe Quarterly, Union of Radical Political Economics, Utne Reader Magazine (News from Indian Country, Akwekon Journal), Sierra Magazine, Orion Magazine, and Patagonia


  • University of Minnesota at Morris, preparation of an Anishinaabeg Farming Curriculum, 2012.
  • White Earth Land Recovery Project- White Earth Anishinaabe Energy Plan ( 2006), White Earth Food Sovereignty Report ( 2008), Native American Farm to School

Expert Testimony

  • Hearings at the New Mexico Environmental Review Board regarding the implementation of a cap on carbon emissions as a part of regulation . Presented expert witness testimony on behalf of citizens groups. 
  • Non-governmental Organization Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, September 1977.  Expert Testimony in Economic Commission in the Exploitation of Natural Resources of Indigenous Peoples of North America and the Impact of this Exploitation, Rapporteur of Commission.
  • Commission on Human Rights, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, February 1979.  Preparation of Expert Testimony on the Human Rights Violations caused to Indigenous Populations by Exploitation of Natural Resources within their Territories.  Testimony presented by the International Indian Treaty Council, Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations.
  • Non-Governmental Organization Conference on the Indigenous Peoples and their Land, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, September 1981. Expert Testimony in Economic Commission on the Impact of Energy Development on Indigenous Population of the Southwestern United States, with particular emphasis on Uranium and the Coal Exploitation.  Rapporteur of the Commission. 
  • International Council of Indigenous Women, Third International Conference, Karasjok, Norway, Samiland, August, 1990.  Expert Testimony on the Impact of Hydro Electric and other Energy Development on the Status and Human Rights of Indigenous Women.  Member of the International Coordinating Committee and interim Directorate.
  • UN Conference on status of Women, Beijing, China, September 1995, Opening Plenary speech at Northern Europe Conference.

If you would like Winona to speak in your community or at an event, please contact us at [email protected]

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