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Winona Laduke: Reconciling Our Relationship
With ALL Our Relatives

The fact is that in the first World War, 95% of the people killed were combatants. Today in the wars going on in the world, 90% of those wars are fought with small guns and 90% of the people killed are non-combatants, that is women and children. That is people out there working the fields. That is people who are mowed down. I believe that we must have a foreign policy, which does not give or sell guns to people with human rights violations.
          We must stand up righteously in the world. Anywhere you go if you are American or a person like me who lives on this continent and you go around the world and often hear these stories. I've been privileged. I went to the World Parliament of Religions. I went to the UN Conference on the Status of Women. You hear these stories and you just cry. You hear those stories and you say, "What could I do to help you?" They say `Change your government's policies. Change what your government does. Do not send us used clothes. Do not adopt our children. Change your government's policies.' That is the courage and the opportunity we have in the world.
          We are the people who could change the fate of many people throughout this world by having the courage to change America. That is the vision that we have. Not only in this election, but each day of our lives. That is a vision that we share and that we work on each day of our lives. That is a vision that I'm committed to. To make that change for the future generations.

--Winona Laduke, A Vision For Change, Santa Fe, 8/28/00

Winona Laduke, 1982 graduate of Harvard, currently lives on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and works on restoring the local land base and culture. LaDuke also serves as the board co-chair for the Indigenous Women's Network and works in a national capacity as Program Director for Honor the Earth Fund, providing vision and leadership for the organization's Regranting Program and its Strategic Initiatives. In 1994, she was named by Time Magazine as one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. She is author of several books including Last Standing Woman (1997) and All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999).

`Primitive'/`Advanced' -- Is This Progress?


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