Winona LaDuke: Re-discovering food sovereignty

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)

Moningwanekaaning Minis (Madeline Island), one of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin, has been the sacred center of the Anishinaabeg for centuries. 

Moningwanekaaning Minis, the place of the golden-shafted flicker, is mentioned in Eddie Benton's The Mishomis Book as the prophesied seventh stopping place of the long Ojibwe migration from the north-east coast of Turtle Island.

After the 1854 Treaty with the US government was signed most Anishinaabeg moved off the island to Red Cliff or Bad River. But there is a small patch of Indian land remaining near the marina, where in late September, 2009 several hundred people returned to listen to speeches, feast, and dance.

Speeches were offered by Joe Rose Sr., Dr. Rick St. Germaine, Henry Buffalo, Robert Van Zile, Winona LaDuke, and Frank Montano.

Winona LaDuke focused her remarks on re-learning how to feed ourselves.

"A hoe is a garden implement.  And by using it you can get back in shape."


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