Trine hosts presentation on Dakota Access Pipeline

Trine University will host a presentation and discussion on the Dakota Access Pipeline beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Room 229 of Best Hall of Science.

The event, sponsored by Trine’s SPEAK (Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Knowledge) organization, follows “Stories from the Hearts of Native Americans,” which will run from 5-6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered between the two events.

Featured guest speakers will include Lin Bardwell and Seth Sutton.

Bardwell is a graduate student in public administration at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and chairs the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission. She serves as project coordinator and spokesperson for the "Gi-gikinomaage-min (We are all teachers): Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit" initiative, a collaboration among several units to document the experience of Native American elders who lived in Grand Rapids during the federal relocation period in the mid-20th century.

Sutton, a member of the Anishinaabe, is owner of Big Thicket Media in Rockford, Michigan, and adjunct faculty member at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan.

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a more than 1,170-mile pipeline planned to transport light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The project was approved in July by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a lawsuit claiming the pipeline would be a threat to the environment and that it would destroy sites significant to the tribe. A protest against construction has been ongoing at the pipeline construction site in North Dakota.

For more information about the event, call (734) 277-4195.