November is National Native American Heritage Month, and we at Michigan Earth want to shed light on the many rich histories and cultures of native and indigenous communities here in North America.

Native Americans have made incredible contributions to the earth and environmental sciences. See below to learn about two incredible scientists. 

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, Potawatomi Nation

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer of the Potawatomi Nation is an author, professor, environmental biologist and ecologist who researches plants and ecological restoration. Dr. Kimmerer is the director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Dr. Margaret H. Redsteer, Crow Nation

Dr. Margaret H. Redsteer. Source: Maria Montour, USGS

Dr. Margaret H. Redsteer of the Crow Nation studies the effects of climate change and how it is fueling dust storms. She has documented the impact of climate change on indigenous people in the Southwest and Great Plains.