A far-left climate activist was forced to resign in disgrace this week from an environmental organization that she helped found after a jury awarded a former employee hundreds of thousands of dollars because the organization did not sufficiently investigate sexual harassment claims.
Native American environmentalist Winona LaDuke resigned as executive director of Honor the Earth, an organization that she co-founded with the Indigo Girls — whose band members, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, also support far-left causes.
LaDuke’s exit from the organization comes after a Minnesota jury awarded Margaret Campbell $750,000 this week “for sexual harassment, mental suffering and retaliation, after Campbell reported the allegations to LaDuke and other organization leaders” and she was not protected, the Minnesota Reformer reported.
“She reported the harassment to her boss, but rather than protect her the organization protected her harasser at her expense,” said Campbell’s attorney, Christy Hall of Gender Justice. “But Margaret did not back down. Her lawsuit, and the jury’s findings, are an important reminder of the responsibility every employer has to end workplace harassment and abuse.”
LaDuke said in a Facebook post that she was responsible for failing to protect Campbell from sexual harassment before claiming that the organization was the victim of “colonial carceral court systems.”
“The court system is a punitive, white, carceral system that targets Native Peoples,” LaDuke claimed. “In such a forum, it was unsurprising that the result would be a staggering and disproportionate fine against Honor the Earth.”
Despite the the jury’s ruling, the Indigo Girls praised LaDuke in a statement announcing that she would no longer lead the organization.
“Working under her mentorship these past 30 years has been the privilege of a lifetime, and we will continue to learn from Winona as she does her life’s work,” they wrote on Facebook. “We will always be grateful to Winona LaDuke for her tireless work, her wisdom, her brilliance and her humanity.”
The story has garnered significant national attention, leading notable figures, like Donald Trump Jr., to weigh in on the matter.
“Meanwhile, we’ve got another wacko far-Left maniac (@WinonaLaduke) having to resign for letting sexual harassment run rampant at @HonorTheEarth, which I guess makes them kind of like the new @ProjectLincoln (aka Predator Project),” Trump Jr. tweeted on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, we've got another wacko far-Left maniac (@WinonaLaduke) having to resign for letting sexual harassment run rampant at @HonorTheEarth, which I guess makes them kind of like the new @ProjectLincoln (aka Predator Project) https://t.co/CAmQQYTXZB
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 5, 2023
A former Trump White House official who dealt with tribal issues told The Daily Wire that these types of activists are some of the biggest hypocrites they’ve ever seen.
“These are people that spend all their time telling other people how to live: what their values should be, where they should be allowed to utilize natural resources, deciding who’s ‘good’ and who’s ‘bad,’” the official said. “Then come to find out, they’re letting this poor girl get sexually harassed and not doing anything about it. Good luck maintaining the moral high ground.”
Another former Trump White House official who also dealt with tribal issues told The Daily Wire, “The tribal chiefs were great, always very positive and advocating for their constituents.”
“They thought this Winona Duke lady was a fraud, a bad person,” the official said. “Sure enough, they’re being proven right.”