Winona LaDuke

activist, writer
Born: 1959
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Winona LaDuke, active in American Indian environmental issues since her teen years, gained nationwide attention as vice presidential running mate to Ralph Nader on the 1996 and 2000 Green Party tickets. The daughter of an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) father and a Jewish mother, LaDuke earned a degree in economic development from Harvard and then moved to Minnesota's White Earth reservation, where she still lives. There she became involved in a land recovery lawsuit and founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, which works to buy back tribal lands. LaDuke has written numerous articles and is the author of the novel Last Standing Woman (1997); its final chapter is written in Ojibway.