Sacred corn grown in protest of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Published: Oct. 14, 2016 at 3:01 PM EDT
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Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are harvesting sacred "ponca corn," planted near the path of the pipeline as "seeds of resistance" to protest the project.

The corn comes from the Ponca Native American Tribe who were forcefully removed from their home in Nebraska and moved to Oklahoma in the 1800s and couldn't take their corn seeds.

Four years ago, Mekasi Camp Horinek, a member of the Ponca Nation, was able to locate seeds, unopened for more than 100 years.

"It's the seed of resistance that grows in each one of us that's resisting the destruction of mother earth and the destruction of sacred and our resources," said Horinek.

But Dominon Power says the effects of the pipeline on the area will be minimal.

"Pipelines are a perfectly normal part of our every day lives, they exist all around us, they pass underneath our farms, our rivers, our streams, they pass by our homes and businesses and they go virtually unnoticed," said Aaron Ruby, a spokesperson for Dominion.

The seeds were planted in the path of the Keystone Pipeline, now, they're in Augusta County. Next, Camp Horinek says there are plans to plant the seeds in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline as well.

Other "Seeds of Resistance" Events:

Friday, October 14 (6-8 p.m.)

Harvest Celebration, Speakers, Music and Potluck

190 Rockfist School Lane, Afton, VA 22920

Saturday, October 15

Small Ceremony at Indian Creek Covered Bridge

US Route 219 in Monroe County, West Virginia


Harvest Celebration, Speakers, Music and Potluck

Hans Creek COmmunity Hall and Peter Larew Pavilion (3-9 p.m.)

Sunday, October 16

Harvest Celebration, Speakers, Music and Potluck

Bent Mountain Cetner

10148 Tinsley Lane, Bent Mountain, VA 24059