Native American Ward of the State and Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate - Winona Laduke

October 09, 2000

As the country marked Columbus Day, the day that celebrates Christopher Columbus’ "discovery" of America, Native Americans continue their protest. This weekend in Denver more than 140 people were arrested for blocking a Columbus Day parade while in Washington State, Yakama Nation leaders are asking the US attorney in Spokane to enforce an 1830’s federal law prohibiting the sale of liquor on Indian land.

Winona LaDuke is running for vice president on the Green Party ticket. The Ojibwe activist lives on the White Earth reservation in Northern Minnesota.

The Green Party has leaped in the polls to between 7 and 8% after the first two official debates, from which, ironically, Presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke were excluded.

Police threatened Nader with arrest at the Boston debate. LaDuke was in Danville Kentucky last Thursday, but was not invited to debate her opponents Joe Lieberman and Dick Cheney. She joins us today.


  • Winona La Duke, an Ojibwe activist and the Vice Presidential Candidate for the Green Party.