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Seeds of Resistance: Indigenous-led Rights of Nature on Turtle Island
Indigenous leadership of Rights of Nature on Turtle Island is critical at this time on Mother Earth. The goals of this webinar are to share the experiences of those tribes who have recognized Rights of Nature in tribal law with each other; to share those experiences with others considering this path; and to explore Indigenous-led experiences regarding the rights of the waters.

Speakers include:
Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca Tribe of OK, First tribe to pass Rights of Nature and Rights of Climate
Deon Ben, Navajo tribe, working with Colorado Plateau Tribes on Rights of Nature
Julian Matthews, Nez Perce Tribe, Rights of the Snake River
Kelsey Leonard, Shinnecock Indian Nation, Indigenous Water Rights
Pennie Opal Plant, Yaqui, undocumented Choctaw and Cherokee, Co-founder, Movement Rights

Sep 22, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Casey Camp Horinek
Ponca tribe of OK elder, Environmental Ambassador
Casey Camp Hornick Is Zhuthi [Ponca], from the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma in the USA, and is the Drumkeeper of Ponca Pathata. In addition to being on Movement Rights’ Board, she also directs the Ponca Rights of Nature campaign. Like her brother, the late Carter Camp, who was a leader in the American Indian Movement, Casey has been an outspoken protector and defender of her people and Mother Earth. As a result of fracking and the Conoco Phillips Refinery, she and her community live in one of the worst fossil fuel impacted areas in the United States. During her tenure on the Ponca Business Committee, she led her tribe to become the first Nation in the US to recognize Rights of Nature and Climate in tribal law. She is the chair of Movement Rights' board, and leads the Indigenous Hub of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.
Kelsey Leonard
Shinnecock Indian Nation, Tribal Co-Lead on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Bod
Kelsey represents a new kind of scholar, who blends knowledge and action to make a difference for Indigenous communities affected by climate change and water crises. The Mid Atlantic Regional Planning Body consisting of tribal, federal, and state entities is charged with guiding the protection, maintenance, and restoration of America's oceans and coasts. As a Shinnecock citizen and environmental leader, Kelsey strives to be a strong advocate for the protection of Indigenous waters through enhanced interjurisdictional coordination and meaningful consultation. She has been instrumental in protecting the interests of Tribes with the development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan and building a sustainable ocean future by valuing Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge. This unprecedented partnership with Tribal Nations for regional ocean planning is a testament to tribal sovereignty but also an important step towards ensuring federal trust responsibilities.
Julian Matthews
Enrolled member of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe @Co-founder, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment
Julian Matthews, an enrolled member of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe who’s Treaty of 1855 area and Usual and Accustomed areas spans 4 states, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. He has been involved in Environmental issues for a number of years from the “Megaloads” protest to stop the Alberta Tar Sands equipment going through their territory, to the Dam Breaching Free the Snake Flotillas that have been held to push for Dam Breaching or Dam Removal on the Snake River. The group he helped cofound, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment has been active in youth activities on the Nez Perce Reservation and activism and education for tribal and nontribal foks on current environmental issues. He served 6 years in the US Navy, received a Bachelors in Business Admin from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Public Admin from the University of Idaho. He currently work for the Nez Perce Tribal Enterprises and lives in Pullman WA