Casey Camp-Horinek

Ponca Tribal Elder

Region(s): North America
Country of focus: Canada, United States
Based in Marland


Current Occupation: Ponca Tribal Elder
Organization/Institution: Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma

Casey Camp-Horinek is Environmental Ambassador, Elder and Hereditary Drumkeeper of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She leads Movement Rights Ponca and Indigenous Rights of Nature campaigns. She is  a longtime activist, environmentalist, actress, and author. She has been at the forefront of grassroots community efforts to educate and empower both Native and non-Native community members on environmental and civil rights issues.

Casey is a Senior Advisor to Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network International (@WECAN_INTL)  and  a Board Member of Movement Rights (@MovementRights), lending her support to grassroots environmental organizations and activists around the world. She has been a prominent opponent of the Dakota  and Keystone XL pipelines.

She began her advocacy efforts by taking up the cause of Native and human rights in the early 70s. Over the past 15 years, she has increasingly focused on global environmental justice, with a special emphasis on her Ponca people. Calling it the “toxic tour,” Casey has identified and diligently worked to remediate and bring attention to the corridor of toxic industry surrounding the historic lands of the Ponca people. Because of Casey’s work the Ponca Nation is the first Tribe in the State of Oklahoma to adopt the Rights of Nature Statute, and to pass a moratorium on Fracking on Tribal Lands.

Casey was also instrumental in the drafting, and adoption of the first ever International Indigenous Women’s Treaty protecting the Rights of Nature.  Casey travels the globe bringing awareness and regularly speaking at the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues.