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Ponca Casey Camp-Horinek: The white man has turned on its own, seizing the land of farmers and ranchers
By Brenda Norrell
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WASHINGTON DC -- Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca, said the white man has turned on its own. White farmers and ranchers on the route of the Keystone XL pipeline are having to face the same seizure of the land and destruction that Native Americans have always faced.
Speaking during the Cowboy and Indian Alliance’s Reject and Protect action in DC, Camp-Horinek said the tar sands have already devastated First Nations relatives in Canada and is now targeting Native Americans and their relatives to the south.
Joined by ranchers from Nebraska, Camp-Horinek said, “They are having to face the same thing as we did in all these centuries of the devastation of our earth, where the white man would come through and just take what he wanted.”
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Camp-Horinek said a powerful alliance has been formed between Native people, farmers and ranchers in the Cowboy and Indian Alliance.
As Native women raised tipis on the National Mall, Camp-Horinek said, “We are women of power. We are going to change the structure because we have a vested interest in the generations to come.”
“We are going to make a difference. They will listen to us, or they will die the same deaths. They will suffocate in their same nests.”
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Camp-Horinek is a long-time Native rights activist, environmentalist, and actress. As traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society, Camp-Horinek helps maintain the cultural identity of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma for herself, her family, and her community.
Camp-Horinek recently testified before the Rights of Nature Tribunal in Ecuador. In her defense of Mother Earth, she has traveled worldwide and spoke to gatherings at the UN climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico in 2010.
As an expert witness at the Rights of Nature Tribunal in Ecuador in January, Camp-Horinek described the responsibility of the caretakers and defenders of the Earth. She testified on the oil and gas drilling, and fracking, that is devastating Indian lands in the US.
The Ecuador Tribunal followed the Mother Earth Conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2010. Following the gathering of Indigenous Peoples from around the word in Bolivia, both Bolivia and Ecuador created new laws stating the Rights of Nature.
In Ecuador, Camp-Horinek said, "Our prophecies and teachings tell us that life on Mother Earth is in danger and is coming to a time of great transformation. As Indigenous Peoples, from the global South and North, we are accepting the responsibility designated by our prophecies to tell the world that we must live in peace with each other and Mother Earth to ensure harmony within Creation."
Watch the following video from the Reject and Protect action currently in DC. Listen to the words of Camp-Horinek and Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe founder of Honor the Earth. LaDuke describes the dream that brought her with her sister, and fighting on horseback the flow of the pipeline. http://www.idlenomore.ca/reject_and_protect_day_1
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