Sept. 27, 2012 3:07 p.m.

Cultural committee wants to plant a seed

Learning to respect the environment, practicing sustainability and understanding environmental issues are a few of the topics one speaker will elaborate on during an upcoming on-campus speaker series.

Winona LaDuke, who will speak at Laramie County Community College on Thursday, Nov. 1, actively engages students and anyone who hears her speak with the issues enveloped in protecting the environment. As a member of the organization, Speak Out Now, information on LaDuke’s background and the work she does today can be found at the organization’s website.

Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke

Not your ordinary speaker

LCCC’s cultural committee chose LaDuke to speak for several reasons. “She is a different kind of speaker with a different message,” Lisa Trimble, LCCC Foundation director of alumni affairs and event planning, said. Her “enormous academic background” and the overall “cultural enrichment” that she will share with students helped the committee decide to choose her, Trimble said.

Along with many environmental achievements, LaDuke is active in politics, too. She ran as the vice presidential running mate of Ralph Nader in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections on the Green Party ticket.

Rooted connection to protection of earth

As the founder and co-director of Honor the Earth, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the environment by informing others about it. Honor the Earth is “a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups,” according to her Speak Out Now webpage.

Her Native American heritage intertwines throughout her work. She is also the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, which is “one of the largest reservation based nonprofit organizations in the country,” the website said.

Highly awarded speaker

Endowed with many awards, LaDuke is a well-known speaker from whom students have an opportunity to learn. Among these awards are the Reebok Human Rights Award and her induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Participating in protecting “indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering” is just a part of the type of environmental work she does, the website biography said.

Her speech will be held in the Center for Conferences and Institutes in the Union Pacific Centennial Room at 7 p.m. It is funded by the Gerald and Jessie Chambers Speakers Series through the LCCC Foundation.

For more information:

  • Event listing
  • Honor the Earth
  • Native Harvest