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Join the live-streamed Smith Nature Symposium Awards Ceremony, hosted by Masters of Ceremonies Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis, as they present the 2021 Distinguished Environmental Leadership Award to Winona LaDuke, internationally renowned leader and activist . Winona LaDuke is known for her leadership on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She 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. As Executive Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. She is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based nonprofit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
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