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Native American leader Winona LaDuke to discuss environmental justice. Thursday, October 4, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Winona LaDuke, the renowned Native American leader, environmental activist, scholar, and two-time Green Party candidate for the U.S. vice-presidency, will address "Environmental Justice from a Native American Perspective: Seed Sovereignty and Food Security" on Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m., in the Villard Room of the College Center. This 2007 John Christie Lecture is free and open to the public.

For two decades, the Harvard-educated LaDuke has fought for Native American land rights. Before she served as the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, she helped the Ojibwe of Minnesota buy back thousands of acres of ancestral land. Previously, LaDuke was the co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, and she is currently the program director of Honor the Earth, where she leads the organization's Regranting Program.

LaDuke's work has led to significant acclaim outside traditional Native American and environmentalist circles. In both 1996 and 2000, she served as Ralph Nader's vice-presidential running mate for the Green Party. In 1994, Time named her one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.

The author of numerous articles, LaDuke has also written a number of other fiction and non-fiction works, including Last Standing Woman (1999), All Our Relations (1995), and The Winona LaDuke Reader (2002). Her most recent book is Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005). An enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Anishinaabe, LaDuke lives with her family on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

This event is sponsored by the American Culture Program, Dean of Faculty Office, Environmental Studies Program, and the departments of sociology and earth science and geography. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 27, 2007