Scope and Contents
Collection consists of materials written by or about Native American activist, environmentalist, and politician Winona LaDuke (1959-). Forms consist of newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, correspondence, ephemera, and promotional materials. A few personal items (letters and school records) are also included. Dates of collection are 1976-2001.
- Creation: 1976-2001
- LaDuke, Winona (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.
Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
Born August 18, 1959, in Los Angeles, California, Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist, environmentalist, author and politician of Anishinaabe and Jewish descent. Her father Vincent LaDuke, an Indian activist, actor and spiritual guru (Sun Bear), and her mother Betty (Bernstein) LaDuke, an artist and professor, separated when Winona was five years old. Winona and her mother moved to Ashland, Oregon, in 1964. Winona left Ashland to attend Harvard University, graduating in 1982 with a degree in rural economic development. LaDuke became involved in Native American environmental issues during her time at Harvard, and was active in several anti-nuclear rallies and campaigns, including the Black Hills Uranium Mining Protest of 1979.
Post-graduation, Winona moved to the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota, working as a high school principal while earning her M.A. from Antioch University in community economic development. Using the proceeds from a human rights award from Reebok, she founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP) in 1989 in order to raise funds to purchase original White Earth land holdings. As a non-profit organization, WELRP focuses on reforestation of reservation lands, markets and grows traditional products, and invests in sustainable energy projects.
LaDuke ran as a candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Green Party ticket with Ralph Nader in 1996 and 2000. Winona has been the recipient of numerous awards for her environmental and humanitarian work, including 1997 Ms. Magazine’s Woman of the Year and her induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (2007). She is the mother of three children with Randy Kapashesit, a political representative of the Cree tribe. The couple separated in 1992. In 1999, Winona had another child, with partner Kevin Gasco. The author of numerous books and current director of Honor the Earth, LaDuke continues to lecture, write, and work on issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice.
1 linear feet (2 containers) : 1 manuscript box and 1 flat box
Language of Materials
Born August 18, 1959, in Los Angeles, California, Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist, environmentalist, author and politician of Anishinaabe and Jewish descent. Collection includes materials written by or about Native American Winona LaDuke (1959-) in her various roles as activist, environmentalist, and politician. Forms consist of newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, correspondence, ephemera, and promotional materials.
Collection is organized into the following series:
Series I: White Earth Land Recovery Project
Series II: Anti-Nuclear Rallies and Campaigns
Series III: Politics
Series IV: Personal
Collection processed by Cheryl Bemiss.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Genre / Form
- Guide to the Winona LaDuke Papers
- Complete Description
- Cheryl Bemiss and Kira B. Homo
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English