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WRITER: BETHNEY LARSON
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: melvin-shaw@uiowa.edu

Release: Nov. 8, 2001

EDITOR'S NOTE: LaDuke will be available to meet with the media at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Michigan Room [Third floor] in the Iowa Memorial Union.

UI Lecture Committee to feature Winona LaDuke Nov. 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Lecture Committee (ULC) will sponsor celebrated Native American Indian activist and 2000 Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke for a free and public lecture at 7:30 pm. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

LaDuke has been recognized worldwide as an activist and as an advocate for environmental, women and children's rights. Her lecture, "Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective: An Evening with Winona LaDuke," will culminate her campus appearance, which is expected to include a visit to either a political science or environmental studies class.

LaDuke is the campaign director and founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation-based land purchase, environmental advocacy and cultural organization. She was awarded the Reebok Human Rights Award, which granted her the funds to kick off the project. LaDuke is also the founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network.

LaDuke, an expert on national environmental issues, has written the books, "All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life" and "Last Standing Woman," both of which have been highly recognized by critics. She currently lives with her family on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

The ULC is hopeful that LaDuke's visit will help bolster social and cultural awareness and encourage local activism.

The ULC seeks to invite a wide range of diverse, distinguished persons with the mission of enhancing and challenging the learning environment for the UI community. For more information on her visit, contact ULC media director Mike Brooks at (319) 335-3255 or mbrooks@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu.