Three women from the Kainai Blood Tribe have been arrested in connection with a protest at a fracking operation in southern Alberta.
Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Jill Crop Eared Wolf and Lois Frank were arrested Saturday and charged with trespassing and intimidation after a convoy of Murphy Oil trucks was blocked overnight Friday. About a dozen Blood Tribe members reportedly participated in the blockade.
Tailfeathers said members of the band feel betrayed by their chief and council who, without consulting tribal members, leased half of the Blood Tribe land in southern Alberta, which lies between the Old Man, St. Mary and Belly rivers.
"Indigenous peoples have the right to protect our land, our water, our air, and we just felt like chief and council were not doing their part to respect that integral right," she told CBC News.
More information on the blockade found at the source.
Also, I know this is probably not the appropriate time to brag about this, but I just graduated with Elle-Maija. We’re totally friends irl. /endbrag