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Okalawa Camp and Indian Country Confederacy Summit Presentation

  • Daniel Boone Regional Library 100 W Broadway Columbia, Missouri 65203 (map)

In June PWL members Perry Lynn Bigsoldier, Crystal DeShazo and Tami Brunk traveled to Okalawa Camp to attend the Inaugural Indian Country Confederacy Summit. Okalawa Camp is a camp of prayerful resistance opposing the Diamond Pipeline and other incursions on native lands by the fossil fuels industry.

The Summit's intent was to bring together representatives from the 39 Tribes of Oklahoma to build resistance to widespread pipeline construction, fracking, coal mining and other devastating developments that have resulted in 94% of their waterways not meeting federal water quality standards, and daily earthquakes due to fracking. 

The vision for Okalawa Camp, which is based on land owned by a Choctaw Tribal Member, is to create a kind of indigenous ecovillage which will serve as a model of sustainability and self sufficiency as well as a safe space for healing for native people. 

The vision for the Summit included promoting similar encampments on lands belonging to all 39 tribes.

PWL was so inspired by their visit that they have decided to organize a volunteer effort in September to support in construction of much needed infrastructure at the camp.  

Attend to learn more about Okalawa, next steps after the Summit, other pipeline encampments across the country, and how you can support Okalawa Camp directly or through PWL's volunteer efforts.