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A WGVU initiative in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation using on-air programs and community events to explore issues of inclusion and equity.

WGVU's Mutually Inclusive documents West Michigan Native-Americans protesting North Dakota pipeline

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Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters in North Dakota have set up a new camp on private land recently purchased by the development company.

The opponents say the area rightfully belongs to Native Americans under an 1851 treaty, and they are vowing to stay put until the project is stopped.

Protests have been ongoing in the area for months, but the latest move marks the first time demonstrators have moved directly in the project's path.

WGVU's Mutually Inclusive reporter, Mariano Avila, is returning from a weekend visit to the disputed land. We spoke with him about what he witnessed and why he made the trip?

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.