Laura Waterman Wittstock


Laura Waterman Wittstock

A former journalist, Laura Waterman Wittstock is the author of several publications, including Diverse Populations/Diverse Needs: Community Foundations and Diversity and Changing Communities,and ININATIG'S Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugar Making. She is co-producer of First Person Radio, a weekly public affairs program on KFAI-FM in Minneapolis and writes an online column in the Minneapolis StarTribune.
She was an elected member and president of the Minneapolis Library Board, where she worked on the development and realization of the new Central Library (2002-2009). She served as the fourth Louis W. Hill, Jr. Fellow in Philanthropy under the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (2006). Wittstock is the recipient of several leadership and professional awards, including the Distinguished IEL Service Award, (Institute for Educational Leadership national award for improvement of American education), (2006) the American Indian Honored Educator of 2005.

Waterman Wittstock is working on three new book projects: a children's series, a memoir, and a history.

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Vice Chair, Vision Maker Media
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Even though nearly all of 1973 America knew of the occupation of the little village of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation and came to know of the atrocious conditions under which many of the Lakota people lived out their lives, time has faded memories.


A provocative film from the American Indian perspective that reframes today’s controversial energy debate while the fate of the environment hangs in the balance.


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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.