Our Board of Advisors
Casey Camp Horinek
Casey Camp Horinek is an elder and the Environmental Ambassador for the Southern Ponca Tribe of what is now called Oklahoma. She is the Drumkeeper of Ponca Pa’thata Women’s Society. In addition to being the founding chairwoman of Movement Rights’ Board, she also directs our Ponca Rights of Nature campaign. While serving on the Ponca Business Committee, Casey led her community to become the first tribe to recognize the Rights of Nature in tribal law in the US. 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 and a global leader in the Rights of Nature movement. She serves as the chair of the Indigenous Council for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. As a result of fracking, pipelines and the Phillips 66 Refinery, the Ponca people community live in one of the worst fossil fuel impacted areas in the United States. She calls it “environmental genocide.” Casey is also a wife, mother, grandmother, and a working film and TV actress addition to speaking on concerns of Indigenous communities globally.
Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Bemidji, Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, a social change activist within the Native American community for over 30 years, has become an internationally renowned environmental and economic justice leader, working with many organizations around the world. Tom co-produced the award-winning documentary, Drumbeat For Mother Earth, which addresses the affects of bio-accumulative chemicals on indigenous people.
Michael Horse is an actor, jeweler, ledger painter and activist. His traditional art depicts the spiritual connection of Native American culture to Mother Earth. His activism centers around these same themes, promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Nature, and the well-being of communities, particularly frontline communities facing fossil fuel extraction.
Dr. Crystal Cavalier-Keck
Dr. Crystal Cavalier-Keck is the co-founder of Seven Directions of Service with her husband. She is a citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation in Burlington, NC. She is a board member of the Haw River Assembly, the Women’s Resource Center and Benevolence Farm. Crystal was a Fall Cohort of the Sierra Club’s Gender Equity and Environment Program and Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) Accelerator for Grassroots Women Environmental Leaders in 2020. Crystal completed her Doctorate in Organization Leadership at the University of Dayton in August 2022, and her dissertation focused on the Social Justice issue of Missing Murdered Indigenous Women in Gas/Oil Pipelines in frontline communities.
Her current projects focus on missing, murdered indigenous women, burden, exposure, risk, and health disparities among American Indians in environmental justice communities. Crystal calls Four Sacred Rivers home, the Haw River, Eno River, Dan River and Roanoke River. Currently, she is working on protecting the Haw River, as it is 5 miles from her, as it has been deemed one of the country’s most endangered rivers by the conservation group American Rivers. Finally, Crystal is working on inequities in our food system, which continue to disproportionately burden communities of color. Dismantling these inequities is imperative to achieve a sustainable food system and ultimately food justice.
Alison Ehara Brown
In the spirit world 2023, Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan is a Maori artist, poet, and activist, who lives and works in Aotearoa (New Zealand). She is the Executive Director for the non-profit Nga Mata Whanau Trust. She is a Board Member of the International Indian Treaty Council and is a Representative for the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement. Hinewirangi is a founding director of the Maori Women’s Centre, which runs programs that help end domestic violence and rebuild community while promoting radical changes in the dominant political and economic system. She teaches in her homeland of New Zealand and abroad, conducting workshops on all aspects of the Maori philosophies of mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. She is also the lead coordinator for Movement Rights delegations to Aotearoa.