Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke

Winona Laduke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, is an author, activist, former US vice presidential candidate, and mother. She is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations. She has led a series of horseback rides along tar sands pipeline routes that pass through her people’s treaty areas in North Dakota.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Public Servants or Corporate Security?: An Open Letter to Law Enforcement and National Guard in North Dakota

So you joined law enforcement or the National Guard because you wanted to uphold the law, protect innocent civilians against the bad guys, and help your community in times of need. Instead, they’re having you blockade unarmed people who are trying to hold a prayer vigil, chasing them with armored vehicles and...
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Slow, Clean, Good Food

In an impressive fossil fuels travel day, I left the Standing Rock reservation and flew to Italy for the International Slow Food gathering known as Terra Madre. A world congress of harvesters, farmers, chefs and political leaders, this is basically the World Food Olympics. This is my fifth trip to Italy for Slow...
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

An Oil Pipeline and a River: What Would Sitting Bull Do?

It’s 2016, and the weight of American corporate interests has come to the Missouri River, the Mother River. This time, instead of the Seventh Cavalry, or the Indian police dispatched to assassinate Sitting Bull, it is Enbridge and Dakota Access Pipeline.In mid-August, Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault...
Monday, May 23, 2016

A Hint of Hell: Fires in Canada and Pipeline Dishonesty

The firestorm in Alberta's Fort McMurray grew eight times as large in a couple of days—engulfing more than 600,000 acres.Not just one fire, it was series of fires, and as the fire enlarged, it created its own storm systems.The fire has not yet been put out, although it moved away from the city, ravaging the Wood...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Solar Warriors vs. the Black Snake of Tar Sands

There are two very different ways of recognizing Earth Day In the Northern Plains and Washington, perhaps illustrating, what Native people call the choice between two paths, one well scorched and worn, the other green.  This past week, Henry Red Cloud, a descendent of Chief Red Cloud and President of...
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

When Drones Guard the Pipeline – Militarizing Fossil Fuels in the East

Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist.
Monday, April 22, 2013

Let's Be on Mother Earth's Side

This Earth Day, let’s quit being extremists. That’s what the U.S. economy relies on right now, and that’s how the huge mineral and fossil fuel companies are making their money: extremism. When they peel off layers of the Earth for oil and make poisonous tar sands, they are acting like extremists.
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence enters her fourth week of a hunger strike outside the Canadian parliament building, thousands of protesters voice their support in Los Angeles, London, Minneapolis, and New York City. Spence and the protesters of the Idle No More movement are drawing attention to deplorable conditions in native communities and the recent passage of Bill C-45, which sidesteps most Canadian environmental laws.
Monday, January 7, 2013

Idle No More: Native Peoples Challenge Canada’s Gutting of Environmental Laws

As Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence enters her fourth week on a hunger strike outside the Canadian capital building, thousands of protesters in Los Angeles, London, Minneapolis and New York City, voice their support.
Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Pipeline for the One Percent

President Obama’s pause on the Keystone Pipeline is a victory for the environment, for sure. It is also a victory for the American people. As it turns out, once the advertising, and lobbying dollars are kept in check, the Keystone pipeline appears as it should: as a sham, a money making scheme for oil and pipeline companies, not the Good Fairy for the American economy.