Winona LaDuke
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Michael Silverstone is an elementary school teacher and author of Rigoberta Menchú, among other biographies for children.

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Winona LaDuke

Restoring Land and Culture in Native America
Michael Silverstone

This tireless fighter's vision of justice catches the imagination, showing young readers the positive impact of one person's determination to change her world.

When Winona LaDuke's parents brought her from Los Angeles to White Earth reservation in Minnesota to experience powwows and to see her grandparents' home, she began to understand who she was. Winona became outspoken at an early age about the disproportionate difficulties faced by Native Americans, including large-scale pollution of reservation lands. At seventeen, she became the youngest person ever to speak before the United Nations. At Harvard University Winona studied the destruction caused by unsound development. Later she received the Reebok Human Rights Award and used the money to found the White Earth Land Recovery Project(WELRP). WELRP built sustainable, traditional livelihoods, while establishing reservation schools and education in the Anishinaabeg language. Now Winona raises her three children at White Earth, which she considers the ultimate reward for her work.