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Struggling against the odds
A readable, fact and emotion-filled review of native peoples' struggles to defend their land and culture against devastating 'development' projects and encroaching industry, mining, military (mis)use, in North America and Hawai'i. The work of many women leaders is presented.
"In the final analysis, the survival of Native America is fundamentally about the collective survival of all human beings. The question of who gets to determine the destiny of the land, and of the people who live on it - those with the money or those who pray on the land - is a question that is alive throughout society. The question is posed eloquently by Lil'wat grandmother Loretta Pascal:
This is my reason for standing up. To protect all around us, to continue our way of life, our culture. I ask them, "Where did you get your right to destroy these forests? How does your right supercede my rights?" These are our forests, these are our ancestors."
Winona LaDuke lives on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota and is an enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Anishinaabeg. She is the executive director of the Honor the Earth Fund and founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project... In 1994, she was named by Time as one of the America's 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. - about the author
Winona LaDuke is currently Ralph Nader's vice-presidential running mate in a second proposed campaign for the U.S. Green Party.