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A Statement of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

February 2, 2017

We, the undersigned members of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work community, stand in solidarity with the sovereign Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies in strongly opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

We support the collective human rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe enunciated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We stand with the Standing Rock Sioux to protect and honor their historic treaties between Oceti Sakowin and the United States. The building of this pipeline without appropriate consultation with the tribal government violates these treaties. We condemn the many manifestations of state-sponsored violence. We condemn the human rights violations perpetrated upon the Indigenous Peoples and allies who have gathered at Standing Rock. We condemn the brutal police tactics that have been used to assault, seriously injure, and dehumanize the unarmed water protectors.

Water is life. We stand with the Standing Rock Sioux to protect a major source of water. Access to clean water is a human right. We stand with the Standing Rock Sioux, many other sovereign Tribes, the United Nations, and many allies to condemn this environmental injustice and to support Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination.   

Signed,

Annette Semanchin Jones

Louanne Bakk, PhD, MSW

Adriana Ragland

Kadijah McKenzie

Lauren McGowan

Lesa Fichte

Dana Horne

Mickey Sperlich

Elizabeth Hastreiter

Brianna Brooks

Clarissa Miller

Sonya Sanmateu

Donald Castro Makowski

Kelsey Bennett

Hilary N. Weaver

Diane Elze

Nicole Jones

Lauren Maguire, MSW

Asli C. Yalim

Alison J. Thompson

Kathleen A. Kost

Caitlin Redmond

Molly Wolf

Nurit Fischer

Berg Miller

Jola Dzierzynska

Colleen Kristich

Seaghan Coleman

Mike Langlois, MSW, LICSW

Gwen Cedfeldt

Khristopher Decker

Nicole Amaranto

Shirley Mazourek, Adjunct Faculty University at Buffalo School of Social Work

Jennifer Woods

Annahita Ball

Christopher Owen

Matthew L. Schwartz, MBA

Jorien Brock

Isok Kim

Wooksoo Kim

Elizabeth Bowen

Juliette Consigny

Mark A. Mondanaro

Elaine K Hammond

Laina Bay-Cheng

Ling Li

Adair Finucane, '17

Steven LeVine

Gabrielle Joyce

Kate Hilliman, Hamburg NY

Emily Tyler

Daniel G Kelley

Yunju Nam

Connor Walters

Laura Lewis

Kayleah M. Feser

Gerald Moote, Jr., LCSW

Josal Diebold

Rachael Hyatt

Christopher Spicer

Melanie Washington

Jenna Bezilla

Patricia Shelly

Patricia Logan-Greene

Janice Carello

Eve Gotham

Jasmine J. Westbrook

Kandis M. LeBaron

Victoria A. Rader

Siobhan Fitzgerald-Matson

Jaclyn Kajfasz

Noelle M. St.Vil

Rebecca Eliseo-Arras, PhD, MSW

Michelle Cutter

Annabel Kugler

Jessica Brown

Brad Linn

Jackie McGinley

Nathan Kerr

Mary Keovisai

Allison Hall

Maur J DeLaney

Katie Leonard

Promise Bruce

Robert McIntosh

Sarah Richards-Desai

Shaanta Murshid

Christopher St. Vil

Shannon Linehan

Stephanie Seeber

Jay A. Swarthout

Nancy J. Smyth