Environmentalists from our First Nations

Environmentalists from our First Nations


By Vincent Schilling


The men and women profiled here are united by their work to protect the environment and to support indigenous rights. Their stories take us from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to the Black Mesa in Arizona.

  • Melina Laboucan-Massimo uses her passion to stop oil extraction in Alberta’s tar sands.
  • Winona LaDuke is a voice for reclaiming Native lands, advocating renewable energy resources, and protecting Native cultures.
  • Clayton Thomas-Muller is a dynamic advocate for indigenous self-determination and campaigner against tar sands extraction.
  • Ben Powless brings his youthful energy and skills to addressing climate change issues.
  • Tom Goldtooth protects sacred sites and organizes global direct-action campaigns for the environment. 
  • Grace Thorpe is a grandmother who dedicated her retirement years to keeping Native reservations from becoming nuclear waste dumps.
  • Sarah James is a voice from northern Alaska defending the Porcupine caribou herd and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Enei Begaye & Evon Peter are married activists who work as a team on environmental issues and sustainable strategies for Native people. 
  • Klee Benally uses the media to empower Native communities in their fight for environmental justice.
  • Teague Allston works to ensure a tribal voice is heard in Washington DC.

A First Nations Book for Young Readers

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About the Author

Vincent Schilling is the author of three books in the First Nations Series for Young Readers. He is an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk tribe and lives in Virginia Beach, USA.

Product Information

  • Release: September 1, 2011

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 128 Pages

  • 6 x 9

  • Children’s Nonfiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8

  • Guided Reading: X

  • ISBN: 9781897187982


  • Language Arts
    > Biography

  • History & Social Studies
    > Social Justice

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > First Nations & Indigenous Peoples

  • Environmentalism


Awards for Environmentalists from our First Nations

  • 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Multicultural Non-Fiction) Finalist

  • 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Science/Nature/Environment) Finalist

  • 2011 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards (Juvenile Non-Fiction) Finalist

  • 2012 American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Awards - Young Adult Honor Book

Praise for Environmentalists from our First Nations

“The book takes an in-depth look at the contributions of indigenous heroes who have dedicated their lives to saving our mother earth. It is sure to inform, enlighten and inspire others into action. Good stuff!!” - Michael Bucher, Award winning Cherokee singer-songwriter

"These short biographies of environmentalists are sure to engage a whole classroom of readers. From the focus on a particular environmental crisis, to a description of each person's native heritage, to the writing style and level, the stories are accessible to readers young and old." - Canadian Teacher Magazine