Greetings AMCD Family,
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Native American groups have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline project which they say would contaminate their water supplies and disturb sacred burial and archaeological sites. The Obama administration halted the pipeline, but the new administration has signed an executive order to advance the project. Just today, the US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the pipeline near the tribal territory.
The Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) stands with The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other groups in opposition to this project. I and AMCD wanted to bring attention to this issue to other American Counseling Association divisions and other mental health groups to raise awareness and provide additional support. As the Native American Concerns Vice President, I am currently reaching out to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to ask what assistance they may need. I urge us, as counselors, to reach out not only to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, but also to Native American populations in your own area, city, and state to find ways you can lend your support.
Isaac Burt, Ph.D.
Vice President of Native American Concerns
Kimberly N. Frazier, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, NCC
AMCD President (2016-2017)