AUGUST 18, 1959


Born in Los Angeles, her father, an Ojibwe actor from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, enrolled her in the tribe at an early age.  Graduating from Harvard University in 1982, LaDuke became a high school principal at White Earth while working on her master’s thesis.  In 1985, she helped found the Indigenous Women’s Network and focused attention on allegations of forced sterilization of Indigenous women.  In 1989, LaDuke founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project to buy back non-Native-owned land within the reservation and to create employment opportunities for the Anishinaabe.  Currently, she is executive director of Honor the Earth, which she co-founded in 1993.  LaDuke ran as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential candidate on the Green Party ticket in 1996 & 2000.  She has written 6 books, co-written others, appeared in the documentary film Anthem (1997) and in the TV documentary The Main Stream (2002)  In 2016, LaDuke participated in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Source: “Winona LaDuke,” Wayback Machine: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University Archives of Women's Political Communication, 2/1/2017.  Retrieved 7/10/2019,
Photo:  Okologix, undated. 2012.  Released into Public Domain by the author for any purpose and with no limitations. 

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