Pipeline Fighters and the “Cowboy & Indian Alliance” of farmers, ranchers and Tribal Nations that formed to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline gathered in 2014 to plant the first Ponca sacred corn “Seeds of Resistance” in the path of the proposed pipeline.
The first planting of “Seeds of Resistance” returned the Ponca’s sacred corn to the tribe’s ancestral homeland in Nebraska — after a 137-year absence following the tribe’s forced removal from the state.
The Ponca corn will be planted for the fourth consecutive year in the spring of 2017 on the farm of Art & Helen Tanderup. The Tanderup farm hosted the “Harvest the Hope” Stop Keystone XL benefit concert featuring headliners Neil Young and Willie Nelson, as well as two massive #NOKXL crop art installations — on land that crosses both the historic Ponca Trail of Tears, and the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline that TransCanada is still suing over to get U.S. taxpayers on the hook for $15 billion in claimed losses.
In the summer of 2016, members of the Cowboy & Indian Alliance also traveled to meet landowners and Tribal Nations in Virginia and West Virginia and plant “Seeds of Resistance” on land that lies in the paths of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked gas pipelines.
The Ponca sacred corn growing on the Tanderup farm in Neligh has been given USDA certification, and will continue to be planted and harvested to grow the bond of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and spread more Seeds of Resistance to communities around the world.
- If your community is actively fighting a pipeline or other big fossil fuel infrastructure project, and you know landowners interested in planting “Seeds of Resistance” on their land, please reach out to Jane Kleeb (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Donate to help spread the “Seeds of Resistance”
- The 3.5 acres of sacred Ponca corn planted in Neligh, NE was certified by the USDA, and with the land now protected from Keystone XL, the corn planting and harvests continue to help propagate more Seeds of Resistance.
- View photos and media coverage from the Summer 2016 “Seeds of Resistance” Tour in Virginia & W. Virginia
Together our families will plant sacred Ponca corn seeds of resistance. As the corn grows it will stand strong for us, to help us protect and keep Mother Earth safe for our children, as we fight these battles against pipelines.
— Mekasi Camp Horinek, Ponca Nation member and Bold Oklahoma coordinator