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Native American advocate to deliver UI Earth Week lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Environmental activist and Native American advocate Winona LaDuke will deliver the keynote lecture during the University of Iowa's celebration of Earth Week 1998. The lecture, "The End of Conquest, The Beginning of Survival," begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in Lecture Room 1 Van Allen Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Upon graduating from Harvard in 1982, LaDuke moved to the White Earth Chippewa Reservation in Northern Minnesota, accepting the job of reservation principal of the local school. There she became involved with a lawsuit to recover native lands that had been lost to the federal government and the logging industry. She then founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, which is still working to recover that land.

LaDuke is the founder of the Indigenous Women's Network, which she led to the 1995 United Nations Conference on the Status of Women in Beijing. In March of 1995 LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of "50 Leaders of the Future." In 1996 consumer advocate Ralph Nader selected LaDuke as his vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket.

LaDuke remains active in several environmental and Native American advocacy groups and is currently written a book on Native environmentalism.

Sponsors of this keynote lecture include: the University Lecture Committee, UI Environmental Coalition, Rainforest Action Group, Women's Resource and Action Center, Central American Solidarity Committee, and the Iowa City Green Party.