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Winona LaDuke Steps Down as Leader of Honor the Earth After Sexual-Harassment Lawsuit


Winona LaDuke speaks at the Minnesota State Capital in St. Paul, Minnesota during a protest against pipelines on August 25, 2021. (Photo/Darren Thompson)

Amid fallout from a sexual-harassment lawsuit, environmental nonprofit Honor the Earth announced today that its co-founder - internationally known activist and author Winona LaDuke - will step down from her position as co-executive director sooner than expected.

LaDuke (Anishinaabe) submitted her letter of resignation to the board of the Ponsford, Minn.-based group on Monday. The board unanimously accepted LaDuke's resignation after "lengthy, emotional discussions," according to a statement issued this afternoon.

The resignation of LaDuke, who co-founded Honor the Earth 30 years ago with musicians Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, will accelerate the organization's leadership transition plan that began last fall. Krystal Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne), who joined Honor the Earth in December 2022 as co-executive co-director, will assume the sole executive director position at the nonprofit.


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