Casey Camp Horinek speaks at the Frontline Oil and Gas conference in Ponca City, Oklahoma. In 2018 Casey and Movement Rights brought the idea of an Indigenous-led Frontline Oil & Gas strategy-building gathering to the climate justice movement, to share the victories and strategies coming from front-line protectors. For the Ponca tribe, enforcing their new law will mean taking fossil fuel corporations to court for violating the rights of nature. Bringing the climate justice movement to their homeland is a powerful demonstration of our unity and solidarity. For the climate justice movement, 80% of participants were Indigenous and People of Color grassroots leaders sharing their knowledge and skills with each other, and working toward a fossil fuel free future.
This Indigenous-led organizing summit was held in the epicenter of Oklahoma’s oil and gas activity in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Coming at the request of Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma elder, tribal councilwoman and international movement leader, this conference brought energy and attention to a key battleground state in the fight against the fossil fuel Industry. With an emphasis on innovative strategies led by frontline indigenous, POC and grassroots communities, the conference built on the People Vs Oil and Gas Summit held in Pittsburgh in 2017 with improved structures for environmental justice. The conference brought together 200+ participants 75% of whom are frontline, POC, and grassroots participants. Topics spanned the gamut from technical trainings on the impacts of industry, to a track on Rights of Nature, Indigenous rights and allyship, as well as how the grassroutes group can use the law and the courts in their fight.