Casey Camp Horinek

Participant: 2022 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator

Reinforcing the native right to safe water, air, and land through grassroots advocacy, traditional education, and through the mentorship of aspiring filmmakers, actors, and actresses in her community.

Casey Camp



Tribal Affiliation

Ponca Nation of Oklahoma

Affiliations & Roles

Traditional Drumkeeper of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma

For the last several years, I have been raising the profile of Rights of Nature as a way of communities and Tribes to elevate the protection of Air, Water and Earth. My tribe became the first in the U.S. to enact a statute following a resolution that I had the honor of authoring and presenting while I was on Council. I also was able to help pass a resolution to put a moratorium on fracking and injection wells.

Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca) 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. 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. In April of 2008 Camp-Horinek, as a delegate of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), was chosen to speak to the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous Issues and present IEN’s global platform regarding the environment and Native rights.

She plays the role of Irene in Barking Water (d. Sterlin Harjo), which in 2009 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected for New Directors/New Films festival in New York. Her love for acting began in the early 1980’s when she worked with the American Indian Theatre Company of Tulsa, whose members have gone on to achieve great success in Hollywood and beyond. Camp-Horinek has served as a mentor and advisor for aspiring Native American filmmakers, actors and actresses in many venues, including the Sundance Film Institute and local summer programs.