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Mendota Mdewakanton Newsletter


Winona LaDuke houses had an electrical fire and the house burnt to the ground


This past weekend, Winona’s house had an electrical fire and the house
burnt to the ground. No one was hurt. While the house and its contents
are gone, the blessing is that all five kids and three grandchildren
are safe.

I’m writing to you because I know Winona won’t ask for help, and I also know
she really needs our support.
Winona bought her house about 20 years ago and it was filled with art,
books, music, photos and other collectibles that
reflected her story and the story of her family.
What will be most missed
are these memories, and we can recreate some of them.

Photos: One positive thing about being a public figure is that lots of folks
have photos of you and your children.
We have a good collection at Honor the
Earth but I’m asking if you could go through your pictures and send photos
you have of the family, especially the kids.
Wasey and Ajuwak were born
before the digital age so a lot of the photos of them growing up are gone.

Photos would mean a lot.

Movement T-shirts and Art: The kids all had an amazing collection of
movement t-shirts that comprised the bulk of their wardrobe.
basically shopped for her kids at the events she attended around the world.

If you have any political message shirts or shirts from historic activist
events in sizes Small, Large or X-Large, I know the kids would cherish them.

Zapatista shirts are a favorite.
Also gone is Winona’s amazing collection of
posters and art from decades past. I know she would appreciate any
no-nukes, safe energy, anti-colonial, no-gmo and Native activist art.

Books: Winona had a library that fed her mind and soul, and that she often
turned to for research material.
If you can send books, fiction and
non-fiction, she can begin her collection again.

Lastly, Winona has a newborn grandson, Little Crow, who along with her two
toddler grandchildren lost all of their clothes and blankets.
Winter is
coming and the family could really use any warm baby clothes along with
clothes and outerwear for a two year old girl and a large two year old boy
(Giwaadan is a size 4 toddler!).

These are the things — photos, t-shirts and art, books and baby/toddler
clothing that I think would be most helpful right now, and would touch the
family most.

Winona and the kids are renting an apartment in Detroit Lakes and will be
staying there over the winter while envisioning building a new home.
now, the best shipping address is White Earth Land Recovery/Honor the Earth
office up in Calloway:

Winona LaDuke
White Earth Land Recovery Project
607 Main Avenue
Callaway, MN 56521

I am so appreciative to have all of you to turn to for support.
I send warm
and love your way, and deep thanks that we all have such a
wonderful circle of family and friends.