Recommended Reading

As part of the effort to elevate First Nations’ Stewarding Native Lands program, we are excited to offer this recommended reading list curated by members of our team. We encourage you to learn more about these books and the critical role of Indigenous people and knowledge in the global environmental justice movement.

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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation). Published by Milkweed Editions. Awarded the 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.

“I give daily thanks for Robin Wall Kimmerer for being a font of endless knowledge, both mental and spiritual.” – Richard Powers, The New York Times



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As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes). Published by Beacon Press.

Podcast: As Long as Grass Grows: Dina Gilio-Whitaker | Ep. 38 by Real Food Media




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Red Alert!: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge by Daniel Wildcat (Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma). Published by Fulcrum Publishing.

“A classic!” – First Nations team




The image depicts a person's hand holding seeds.



Eating the Landscape: American Indian Stories of Food, Identity, and Resilience by Enrique Salmon (Raramuri aka Tarahumara). Published by University of Arizona Press.

This speech was given at the 2012 Indigenous Forum, co-produced with the Cultural Conservatory, at the Bioneers National Conference: Enrique Salmón – Eating the Landscape: American Indian Stories of Food and Resilience | Bioneers


Looking for additional reading?

Check out this article series presented by Nonprofit Quarterly and First Nations Development Institute on environmental justice and Native communities in the United States.