Casey Camp-Horinek

Ponca Tribal Councilwoman

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

Casey Camp-Horinek, Councilwoman and Hereditary Drum Keeper of the Women’s Scalp Dance Society, of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, is a longtime activist, environmentalist, actress, and published 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. 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, diligently worked to remediate and bring attention to the corridor of toxic environmental 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. She is also a Board Member of Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International  (WECAN) and Movement Rights, and continues to lend her support to grassroots environmental organizations and budding activists around the world.