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Former VP candidate Winona LaDuke visits for diversity discussions

SEATTLE – Former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe, visited Seattle March 18 – 19 for discussions on diversity and environmental stewardship.

LaDuke, Ralph Nader’s running mate in 1996 and 2000, shared her experiences as a person of color working for the environment at a Sierra Club presentation, “Building Bridges to the Outdoors,” at Rainier Beach High School.

The next day, she spoke about American Indian rights, women’s rights and environmental protection at The Bush School as part of its third annual Diversity Speaker Series. The event was free and open to the public.

Since its inception, The Bush School’s Diversity Speaker Series has welcomed more than a dozen nationally recognized speakers to engage the community in conversations about diversity and other issues.

LaDuke is the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. She is co-chairwoman of the Indigenous Women’s Network and program director of Honor the Earth.

She is also the author of “Last Standing Woman,” among other books, and played Rose Two Buffalo in “Skins.”

– Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at rmwalker@rockisland.com.

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