NASW supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest against pipeline project

Oil Or Gas Transportation With Blue Gas Or Pipe Line Valves On Soil And Sunrise BackgroundThe National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline Process.

NASW is encouraged the Obama administration has intervened and stopped construction but realizes this is a temporary pause in construction.

The association hopes the Corps of Engineers will consult closely with the tribe when it reexamines its decision to allow the project to begin.

Read the full NASW support letter.



  1. The letter was dated for early October. What has NASW done since then?

  2. I am so pleased with my association for taking this stand of support & solidarity with the people of Standing Rock. No matter what your philosophy is about the economic & social causes of pollution, this is a historic civil rights, sovereignty, and environmental just-cause. Protect the land; protect the water! Find alternate energy sources that don’t pollute & do provide sustainable jobs! My Prius & I, along with many friends, will join our prayers with those of the people on the front lines of this stand. Ho!

  3. Sadly, just as it is in the drug wars so it is with the oil wars, production and demand go hand in hand. The US consumes 6.7 trillion barrels of oil a year with Texas, California and Florida the leading consumers. While California isn’t perfect, it does show that we all can make a difference in oil consumption. California consumes 42% less oil than Texas despite having 31% more in population. Historically, any decrease in oil production was bad news for the economy but not now in the 21st century. Alternative energy sources can help the economy but it will cost the consumer more. If you want to do a small thing to help the Standing Rock Sioux, consume less energy, drive a more fuel efficient car, be a little colder in the winter and a little warmer in the summer.

  4. NASW has demonstrated strength and resolve to support the Standing Rock Sioux in their struggle to keep their environment from being desecrated by yet another encroachment upon tribal lands and rights. It is rare to see Native American issues of concern elevated to a national focus, and as a social worker with Native heritage, I am grateful for NASW bringing attention to this critical need for action and support.

  5. I worked to advocate equal rights for Native Americans, including the Sioux, in 1984, with The Dept of Health and Human Services.

    Not much as advanced since this time. Wake up all members of the USA and help stop the pipeline now!!!!

  6. I am thoroughly impressed with the NASW advocacy on the extremely well written letter to protect sacred water for future generations on this Earth, the mother of us all. I am proud to be a small part of such outspoken bravery at a time when so many are scared to speak such truth to power. Thank you!

    • A letter? Social workers can do better than a letter.

    • Marla:

      Thanks for taking time to read the letter and comment. We understand your concern on this issue.

      NASW National is part of a coalition of human rights groups that is pressing for Justice on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We will continue to urge the Obama Administration and the upcoming Administration to respect the right of the tribe. The fact NASW and other major membership organizations are showing support does make a difference.

      Social workers are also part of the protests as well.

      Please contact the NASW North Dakota Chapter to learn more about what is happening on the ground ( We also suggest you give us recommendations on further actions we should take. Or if you know of specific organizations you wish for us to work with please let us know.


      Greg Wright
      NASW Public Relations Manager

  7. Leslye,

    If you’re not proud to be an American, you are welcome to move to another country. The United States of America is a diverse nation with diverse opinions. Your hatred of corporations is a hatred for organizations that provide jobs to many, many people. Their greed is built on a business model, in which we citizens have full Constitutional rights to express our voices to.

    I stand with NASW’s advocacy for preservation of sacred ground. The pipeline can and should be diverted to a different route.

  8. unfortunately you do not want to post the truth.

  9. ctober 7, 2016
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
    External Affairs Director
    PO Box D, Bldg #1, N. Standing Rock Ave
    Fort Yates ND, 58538
    Dear Mr.
    The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports protests by the
    Standing Rock Sioux
    in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline Project
    , which intends to run the pipeline through tribal
    . Because
    the pipeline could endanger the Standing
    Rock Sioux’s drinking water and the water
    accessed by many other people downstream,
    the tribe says the pipeline violates the social justice
    principles of environmental justice.
    NASW agrees with
    and supports the Standing Rock Sioux on their struggle to protect their environment.
    Far too often the exposure to environmental hazards of people of color is ignored for the sake of
    economic expediency. Environmental hazards from oil spills in particular
    have been well documented.
    The Tribal Council has legal jurisdiction to approve projects like the pipeline, yet their decision seems to
    have been ignored, which is unacceptable. The land in question was officially designated as a reservation
    in 1889. Mor
    e important, the tribal government maintains jurisdiction on all reservation lands, including
    all rights


    way, waterways, watercourses, and streams running through any part of the reservation.
    Therefore, it is understandable that when permission was give
    n by the
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    move forward with the project, the Standing Rock Sioux vigorously protested.
    It is heartening that the
    Obama a
    dministration intervened
    and stopped construction on federal land. We
    also think that the administration made a right decision in requiring the Corps of Engineers to reexamine
    its original conclusions that led it to approving the pipeline. It is our hope t
    hat they will closely confer
    with the Standing Rock Tribal Council in that reexamination.
    However, the administration’s decision is a temporary pause in the pipeline construction. NASW stands
    with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in asking for a permanent e
    nd of building the pipeline on their
    ancestral lands.
    Heidi McIntosh, MSW
    Deputy Director, Programs

    • All people that are aware of corporations greed with total disregard for our environment and any other human rights issue stand against this pipeline line,fracking and petroleum fuel. to name a few issues. We are shameful and suicidal. Proud to be an American….bull shit.

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