Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

Sleeping Giant Citizens Council advocates for healthy, inviting, and sustainable communities by educating, mobilizing, and testifying to ensure citizens’ voices are heard in the decision-making process.

Sleeping Giant is improving local access to renewable energy options in Helena, and working to protect our clean air and clean water from carbon-intensive energy sources.

Passenger Rail

The North Coast Hiawatha Rail Route has not run through Montana since 1980, but the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority (BSPRA) was formed in November 2020 to help revive the passenger rail line. Help us bring passenger rail to Lewis and Clark county!

Energy Democracy

The clean energy committee was formed as a positive response to concerns about coal and oil train traffic. The committee lobbies for less restrictive clean energy legislation, and works with local businesses to exemplify the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy for other communities across the state.

Coal Export

The fossil fuel export committee works to educate and organize Helena-area citizens on proposals to export millions of tons of coal from the Powder River Basin to Asia. This would mean a dramatic increase in coal train traffic, resulting in increased health concerns from coal dust and diesel fumes, public safety risks, noise, toxic air pollution, traffic delays, financial costs to taxpayers, and accelerated climate change. Many of these concerns can also be applied to oil by rail.

Local Foods

Sleeping Giant initially began its local foods movement around farm-to-school work. In the past, it has been active in meeting with key decision makers, performing research, and holding events to build support for more healthy, local foods in the area communities and building relationships between growers and consumers.

Leadership

Chair

Hugh Zackheim

Vice-Chair

Joel Harris

Secretary

Marianne Schomaker

Treasurer

Paul Jacquay

Northern Plains Board Representatives

Katherine Appling-Freistadt
Mic Smith

Community Organizer
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS...

Check out these upcoming events in your area!​

Soil Crawl – Dryland Vegetables and Orchard

Soil Crawl – Dryland Vegetables..

Join us this summer on a Montana farm or ranch for a soil crawl! Come learn from innovative producers showcasing the practices and principles that help them generate healthy soil, resilient crops and animals, and good food!

07.09.22

Our Team

Michael Skinner

GNA Manager and Community Organizer

Jeanie Alderson, Birney

Past Chair

Emma Kerr-Carpenter, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

Kris Glenn, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

John Gayusky, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Joan Kresich, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Tom Heyneman, Fishtail

Affiliate Representatives- Stillwater Protective Association

Edward Barta, Billings

Vice-Chair & Affiliate Representatives - Stillwater Protective Association

Mic Smith, Helena

Affiliate Representatives- Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

Norane Freistadt, Helena

Affiliate Representatives- Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

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