The following statement was posted on the American Indian Resource Center's Facebook page on November 22, 2016.
"Today in the cold temperatures of the North Dakota landscape American
Indians and allies are committed to protecting water, one of our most
precious natural resources. As they attempt to exercise their right to
care for this resource, to draw attention to the damage that will be
done to all of us if the Dakota Access Pipeline is allowed to be built,
they have been ridiculed, harassed, shamed and belittled. While the
mainstream press ignores their efforts, alternative and social media
outlets share stories and images of inhumane acts toward these unarmed
warriors. On Tuesday morning, we woke to photos and video of defenders
at Standing Rock being blasted with water hoses, shot with rubber
bullets and suffering the effects of tear gas. That morning all of the
Resource Center Directors decided that we must speak out publicly
against this injustice – we stand with Standing Rock.
As the country
prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, during Native American Heritage
month, American Indians are living the horrors of American history all
over again. The UC Santa Cruz Resource Centers want all Native students
to know that we are aware of how this directly affects you. We support
you and extend an invitation to our centers, where you will always be
welcomed and nurtured.
To the warriors at Standing Rock, we see you.
We know what is happening, we know what is true. We send this greeting
so you can see us. We are far away in distance, but right beside you in
Nancy I. Kim, MA, Director, Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center
Managing Director, Resource Centers
travis s. becker, MA, Director, Lionel Cantú Queer Center
Dr. Judith Estrada, PhD, Director, Chicano/Latino Resource Center (El Centro)
Dr. Rebecca H. Rosser, PhD, Director, American Indian Resource Center
Interim Director, Women’s Center
Shonté Thomas, M.Ed, Director, African American Resource and Cultural Center
YOU CAN DO SOMETHING!
SUPPORT THE UCSF CLINIC at Standing Rock
In early September 2016, the Do No Harm Coalition at UCSF was
invited to help create a free clinic at the camp of the Standing Rock
Lakota Dakota and their supporters who are gathering to protect access
to clean water and dignity of their ancestral lands.
Wiconi (Water is Life) Health Clinic is a free integrative clinic
proposed as a partnership with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe traditional
healers, UCSF, National Nurses United, Herbal Medics, Changing Woman
Initiative (indigenous midwifery group) and Global Health Care
Alternative Project to provide free care to all people in the Standing
Rock Sioux reservation. At the invitation of the tribe, our consortium's
goal is to create a space for the imagining and practice of decolonized
medicine in order to further the health of the community in the
short-term with the expanded population due to pipeline resistance and
in the long term after the encampments have dissolved.
currently raising funds to get the clinic doors open, to cover general
liability and the necessary equipment and medications to practice
responsibly. This clinic will be staffed by 100% volunteer work, with
faculty covering during vacation time.
Currently there is no
local healthcare access for all of the 2,000-5,000 people who are
assembled at Standing Rock. The local 12 bed IHS hospital cannot care
for nonnative people or native people from tribes that are not federally
recognized. Your gift will be made directly to the UCSF fund that will
used to get the clinic doors open!"