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'Deliberate disregard'

Winona LaDuke's organization found liable in sexual harassment case


Winona LaDuke poses with a red hand print on her face as part of the Treaty People Walk for Water event in Minnesota in August 2021. Photo: Peg Hunter

One of Indian Country's most prominent environmental activists has been ordered to pay $750,000 to a former employee after being found liable for sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace.

Following a two-day trial in Minnesota, a jury last week returned the stunning verdict against Honor The Earth. The non-profit organization - which was founded by activist and former U.S. vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke, a citizen of the White Earth Nation - was found responsible for one count of sexual harassment and two counts of reprisal in a lawsuit filed by Margaret "Molly" Campbell, the former employee.

"By clear and convincing evidence, did the Defendant act with deliberate disregard for the rights or safety of others?" the court asked of the jury with respect to the defendant Honor The Earth.


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