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Jodi Rave: Winona LaDuke speaks in Montana


"Environmentalist Winona LaDuke has been taking on human rights and land issues for nearly three decades.

The first such case LaDuke researched took place in 1978. She focused her studies on coal development on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Fast-forward nearly 30 years and LaDuke, a resident of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, is still working to support Northern Cheyenne citizens' quest to live in a healthy environment.

"I've had an eye on Northern Cheyenne all these years," said LaDuke. "I basically live downwind from anything in Montana. There are 47 lakes on my reservation. I certainly don't need any more mercury in my lakes, which is coming from coal-fired power plants and incinerators. About 300 cars full of coal go by the southern part of my reservation every day. It's all like Montana and Wyoming coal."

LaDuke, perhaps best known as the Green Party's vice presidential candidate on the Ralph Nader ticket in 1996 and 2000, has been invited to the concert stage Friday night at the University of Montana as part of the Montana Human Rights Network's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

The event, titled "Honor the Earth," is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Theatre. It will feature talks and an acoustic set by the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. Missoula singer Amy Martin also is scheduled to appear. Speakers will discuss American Indian environmental and energy issues, particularly coal mining and coalbed methane development on and near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation."

Get the Story:
Jodi Rave: Indian activist to speak at UM (The Missoulian 1/11)

Relevant Links:
Jodi Rave - http://www.missoulian.com/jodirave

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