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Woman with thoughtful expression, standing with a background of historic photos of Indigenous people on their landsRural development economist and environmental justice advocate Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabekwe, Ojibwe) will join AAG President Emily Yeh for a virtual keynote address and conversation during AAG 2022.

LaDuke, an enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Ashinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Indian Reservation, founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project in 1989 and served as its executive director for 25 years. She is now the founding executive director of Honor the Earth, where she advocates, raises public support, and creates funding for frontline Native environmental groups.

LaDuke’s many honors include being named one of Time Magazine’s “50 for the Future” in 1994, and Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year In 1998, the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the Biha Community Service Award in 1997, The Ann Bancroft Award for Women’s Leadership Fellowship, and the Reebok Human Rights Award (which she used to begin the White Earth Land Recovery Project).

A former board member of Greenpeace USA, LaDuke also co-chairs the Indigenous Women’s Network, a North American and Pacific Indigenous women’s organization. Her books include The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999), and Last Standing Woman (1997), a novel.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke is one of the leaders in the work of protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

LaDuke’s talk will take place on Sunday, February 27 from 7:00 to 8:00 EST, immediately following the AAG panel on climate justice from 5:20 to 6:40 PM EST, moderated by Dr. Yeh and featuring talks on climate justice work by Tracey Osborne, Associate Professor and Presidential Chair in the Management of Complex Systems Department at the University of California, Merced, as well as Founder and Director of the Center for Climate Justice at the University of California, a system-wide initiative; Michael Méndez, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Ecology, Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine and author of Climate Change from the Streets; and Kyle Whyte (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability and Affiliate Professor of Native American Studies and Philosophy at the University of Michigan.

Together, these back-to-back sessions organized by Dr. Yeh promise to offer needed insight into the role of spatial and geographic approaches to climate justice. AAG is honored to welcome Ms. LaDuke to speak at AAG 2022. Find out more and register here.