Pennie Opal Plant
Pennie Opal Plant is an Indigenous grandmother of Yaqui, Mexican, undocumented Choctaw and Cherokee and European descent. Born in the shadow of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA, she has been a protector and defender of the sacred system of life for over 35 years. She is co-founder, along with Shannon Biggs, of Movement Rights and is a founding member of the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance. She is a signatory on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty, along with Casey Camp-Horinek. Pennie is also the co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay and continues as an advisor. She started the group, The Society of Fearless Grandmothers, which trains older women to be police liaisons and to nonviolently stand between law enforcement and younger people at direct actions. She lives near the Richmond Chevron Refinery with her husband, daughter, grandson, six chickens and two cats.
Casey Camp Horinek
In addition to her leadership as part of Movement Rights’ Board (see her full bio here), Casey Camp Horinek, Elder and Environmental Ambassador for the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, leads our Ponca Rights of Nature program, and co-leads our Intertribal Rights of Nature (IRON) forums, connecting tribal communities across Turtle Island interested in or actively working on passing Rights of Nature into tribal law.
Samuel “Sam” White Swan-Perkins
Samuel “Sam” White Swan-Perkins (he/him) is the Intertribal Rights of Nature Coordinator for Movement Rights. Additionally he is the owner of a small Cultural Consulting business, and a contributing writer for leading American Indian news outlets including News from Native California, Indian Country Today, Media Network and powwows.com. Sam has been invited to speak on varying topics as they pertain to Native America and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, the University of California at Chico, and several community colleges in California and in his home state of Missouri. He has also contributed his experience to two California State Advisory Boards in his capacity as a Native American and LGBT Rural Communities expert. He fulfills his duties as a culture bearer through traditional singing, as a member of the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society, as a food preservationist/certified Nutrition Assistant and as a certified TEK Practitioner. Sam’s background reflects Siksika/Tsalagi heritage (NTA) as well as German and Welsh ancestry. Sam and his family live in Butte County, CA. In his spare time, Sam enjoys camping, reading, hiking around the North Valley and collecting tattoos.