Loretta Barrett Oden who is the founder of the famed Corn Dance Cages in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Oden along with her son, the late chef, Clay Oden opened the first restauarants dedicated to showcasing the amazing bounty of foods indigenous to the Americas. A citizen of the Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma, she has spent most of her adult years studying, teaching and adapting recipes to preserve to culinary legacy of her upbringing. Here she is speaking at the Bioneers conference in 2006.
Winona LaDuke is an enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of the Anishinaabeg. As Program Director of the Honor the Earth Fund, she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups. She also works as Founding Director for White Earth Land Recovery Project.In 1994, Winona was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth and she has been awarded several awards including, the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women's Leadership Fellowship, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, Winona has written extensively on Native American and Environmental issues. Her articles have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. She has authored the books, Last Woman Standing, All Our Relations and Recovering the Sacred. Here she is speaking earlier this month at the San Francisco Green Festival.