West Michigan tribe joins Dakota pipeline protest

Local Tribes join North Dakota protest

Native Americans from West Michigan are protesting a pipeline in North Dakota.

The Gun Lake Tribe in Shelbyville has joined the national protest. They say the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline will desecrate sacred sites.

Members of the tribe traveled to North Dakota this past week.

"The desecration of sacred sites and burial remains and for me personally to know that my ancestors are going to be dug up is abominable and I can't imagine any human would say that's OK," says Phyllis Davis of the Gun Lake Tribe.

More than 100 tribes from across the nation have joined the protest.

In addition to the sacred sites, they also believe the oil pipeline could contaminate water from a nearby lake.

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