Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 11, 2021

Native Women Leaders Arrested at White House Sit-in at Biden's Gate -- Demanding Climate Action

Ponca Casey Camp-Horinek and Lakota Joye Braun Arrested at White House on Indigenous Peoples Day -- During Peaceful Sit-In for Climate Action

By Brenda Norrell
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Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation environmental ambassador, and Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, were among the Native leaders arrested outside the White House on Indigenous Peoples Day Monday. During a peaceful demonstration, Native People demanded an end to fossil fuels and fracking, while urging President Biden to declare a declaration of climate emergency.

At the White House on Monday, Camp-Horinek said, “We are going to put our bodies on the line there. If we have to be arrested in order to call attention to what the crisis is and that we need a climate emergency declared, we’ll do that.”

Joye Braun, was among the first at Standing Rock in 2016, establishing the Water Protector Camps in North Dakota, and beginning a new wave of protecting the water and land from Dakota Access Pipeline, and other dangerous crude oil pipelines threatening water sources.

At the White House, Braun said, “Joe Biden, you have been making false promises. You stopped Keystone XL — what about DAPL, Line 5, MVP?”

“Biden has turned a fork tongue, and he needs to be held accountable to the promises he made to Indigenous nations when we helped elect him.”

“This is indigenous land. Indigenous peoples will be here for thousands of years. Biden, can you hear us now?”

After her arrest on Monday, Braun pointed out today, Tuesday, how police at the White House had treated Native people on Indigenous Peoples Day. She said White House police acted with racism to avoid arresting white allies.

"They responded differently to white people risking arrest," Joye said today live on Facebook, describing how police would usher white people away without arresting them on Tuesday.

Camp-Horinek testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica in 2019, detailing the abuse of Native grandmothers in jail after their arrest at Standing Rock protecting the water. Casey showed the number written on her arm by North Dakota jailers, in the same way Nazis had done. Native grandmothers were denied their medications and jailed in dog kennel fencing in jail basements after being arrested while praying at Standing Rock.

At the White House on Monday, Camp-Horinek said, “There’s been 500 years of people coming into a territory where all things were interdependent and functioning to a time of crisis, where even Biden’s great-grandchildren won’t survive if something doesn’t change," she said.

DeSmog Blog reports that on Indigenous People’s Day, 136 people, including many Indigenous leaders opposing fossil fuel projects, were arrested in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.

It was the first in a five-day series of protests in the nation’s capitol organized by the Build Back Fossil Free coalition, made up of numerous environmental and social justice advocacy groups.

"Over the course of five days, thousands are expected to bring the message to Biden’s door that he must do more to protect the planet, and many demonstrators are coming prepared to participate in acts of civil disobedience, to make sure the President hears their message before next month’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. These demonstrations, labeled People vs. Fossil Fuels, are being billed as a test for Biden," DeSmog Blog said.

Read the article at DeSmog Blog

People vs. Fossil Fuels

Below Listen: Joye Braun Speaks of Racist Police at White House Gate: Whites Ushered Away From Arrest Line. Joye is Cheyenne River Lakota from South Dakota.

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