Frontline Oil and Gas conference in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
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.