GENEVA, N.Y.—In celebration of Earth Week several events have been scheduled at Hobart and William Smith Colleges from April 16 through 27. The keynote speaker will be Green Party 2000 vice-presidential candidate Winona LaDuke. LaDuke will speak about her involvement in the environmental movement and student activism at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, in Albright Auditorium on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.
LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation. As program director of the Honor the Earth Fund, she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline Native environmental groups. LaDuke also serves as founding director for the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation-based non-profit organization focused on land, cultural, and environmental issues.
In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40-years-old. She has been awarded 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, with which, in part, she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves as co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women's organization. In 1998, Ms. magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth. She has written two books, Last Standing Woman (Voyager Press, 1997) and All Our Relations (South End Press, 1999), a non-fiction book on Native environmental struggles.
Other events at HWS in conjunction with Earth Week scheduled include:
The events are free and open to the public.
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