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American Psychological Association Weighs in on Trump’s Memorandum on DAPL
Published January 29, 2017
WASHINGTON — Longtime activist Winona LaDuke says
the actions to ignore the wishes of water protectors at Standing Rock in
North Dakota seek to dehumanize American Indians.
The American Psychological Association weighed in this past week
after President Trump’s issuance of a presidential memorandum regarding
construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline with this statement:
“The American Psychological Association is concerned by President
Trump’s apparent attempt to clear the way for the Dakota Access Pipeline
to move forward as originally planned, which threatens the welfare of
the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
“Native Americans have been historically marginalized and mistreated
by the United States. Research has linked historical trauma to health
disparities, including increased likelihood of early death due to
substance abuse, unintentional injuries, assault, homicide and suicide.
“APA urges the Army Corps of Engineers to continue to search for
alternative routes for the oil pipeline that do not endanger the water
supply, sacred burial grounds and treaty rights of the Standing Rock
Sioux. It is critical for the corps to consult with the tribe in this
process, as stipulated in the December 16 memorandum by the assistant
secretary of the Army for civil works that halted construction on the
pipeline project pending further review.
“Given our skills as psychologists, we stand ready to participate in
constructive problem resolution, as well as provide support for those
who were and remain in harm’s way — physically, psychologically and
“This pipeline affects not only Native American citizens but
millions of American citizens downstream, who are at risk of suffering
the effects of possible exposure to toxic oil spills and dealing with
harm to the environment.
“We ask that the new administration not repeat the mistakes of the
past, and that it respect the sovereignty, welfare and culture of our
Canada's Residential Schools
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret
for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
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Detailed discussion of the Bering Strait theory and other scientific theories about the population of the modern-day Americas is beyond the scope of this essay. However, it should be noted that Indian people have expressed suspicion that DNA analysis is a tool that scientists will use to support theories about the origins of tribal people that contradict tribal oral histories and origin stories. Perhaps more important,the alternative origin stories of scientists are seen as intending to weaken tribal land and other legal claims (and even diminish a history of colonialism?) that are supported in U.S. federal and tribal law. As genetic evidence has already been used to resolve land conflicts in Asian and Eastern European countries, this is not an unfounded fear.
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