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FRANKLY FRACKING

In your Fall 2012 issue, Joanna Chiù shared her interview with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, one of three Blood women who were arrested in September 2011 for their blockade of fracking vehicles on the Kainai/Blood reserve.

I was surprised that a true hero of this blockade story, Lois Frank, was not even mentioned. Tailfeathers, Jill Crop Eared Wolf and Lois Frank were the thee women arrested and charged with intimidation fortheir courageous blockade, but only Frank fought the charges in court. The other two women agreed to complete an alternative measures program and the charges against them were dropped.

While Tailfeathers went on to publicize the issue with her film, Frank refused to back down and made repeated court appearances. Frank defended her right and that of other members of the Blood Tribe to challenge the decision to allow fracking on their territory. In June 2012, the criminal charges against Lois Frank were finally stayed, and, at the end of October, Frank received the Activist of the Year Award from the Council of Canadians for her courageous work in protesting fracking.

Murphy Oil and Bowood Energy continue their fracking activities on the Kainai/Blood reserve. And many of the Blood people continue to find ways to resist this threat to their land. …