PENDLETON -- Native activist Winona LaDuke will speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the TamastsliktCultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard
LaDuke is an environmentalist, economist and writer. She will relate her experiences to those of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and address their common interests in food sovereignty and environmentalism. This event is free and open to the public.
A member of the Anishin-aabekwe (Ojibwe) of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg, LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. She was the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, which bought back thousands of acres of ancestral land. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the United States Green Party, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader.
She is the executive director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support and create funding for frontline native environmental groups.
Her latest book, "Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming," is a collection of essays based on research, including interviews, in which LaDuke argues for American Indian rights to control and access sacred objects and sites.