Winter Conference: Keynote Speaker


Portrait of WinonaJoin us for a special keynote presentation, "Restoring the Covenant: Native Seeds, Communities, and Respectful Releationships", by renowned activist Winona LaDuke as part of the conference opening on Saturday, February 18. This speech will also be live-streamed for those who wish to attend virtually. 

Winona LaDuke will speak about her work tending the roots: working with traditional crop varieties, soil restoration, and particularly diving deep on hemp, as well as sharing her perspective on how agriculture helps heal communities. Some of her work focuses on traditional corn varieties, the use of traditional fertilizers, soil remediation, and more recently fiber hemp, or what she and her team call the New Green Revolution. As a leader in this time of great transition, Winona is committed to restoring a paradigm that recognizes our collective humanity and our joint dependence on the Earth.


About Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She co-founded and is Executive Director of Honor the Earth, whose mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Her other organizations, Akiing and Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm, help communities produce sustainable energy and materials for a restorative and regenerative economy.

Winona lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota and is a two-time vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. A rural development economist and graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Indigenous struggles for environmental justice. Winona is the author of many books, including All Our Relations and, most recently, To Be a Water Protector. She is also the recipient of many awards, including a 2007 induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and, in 1994, recognition by Time Magazine in their list of fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. Her White Earth Land Recovery Project won the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity. Winona was also Co-founder and Board Co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network for fifteen years and maintains a significant role in international advocacy for Indigenous people, including numerous presentations at United Nations forums.