Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

An affiliate of Northern Plains Resource 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.

Energy Democracy

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

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

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.



Hugh Zackheim

Joel Harris

Marianne Schomaker

Paul Jacquay

Northern Plains Board Representatives
Norane Freistadt
Mic Smith

Northern Plains Field Organizers
Svein Newman (406) 248-1154

Makenna Sellers (406) 248-1154