Who Speaks for the River?

Who Speaks for the River?

The Oldman River Dam and the Search for Justice

Book - 2013
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Who Speaks for the River? tells the true story of the collision between power and justice in the desperate final battle between the Alberta Government, Friends of the Oldman and members of the Piikani First Nation surrounding the building of Alberta's Oldman River dam. Environmentalist Martha Kostuch uses the law and "Woodstock of the Environment," the largest environmental rally in Canada to stop construction of the dam. Piikani First Nation activist Milton Born With A Tooth and his group The Lonefighters, use protests, bulldozers to divert the Oldman River, and one shotgun which Milton fires at police. Those shots result in Milton facing an unfair trial, which one observer characterizes as "what Native people have faced for a century."
"My world cannot be documented on your white paper with words. Your dictionaries reveal the white society and show how whites go in circles. Words simply refer to words and are only excuses for what's real. The real world is about fresh air as medicine going into my lungs and the enjoyment of each meal as my last one."
--Milton Born With A Tooth, from a Southern Alberta Jail, while waiting for his first trial.

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fifth House Publishers, c2013.
ISBN: 9781927083017
Branch Call Number: 333. 9130971234 GIR
Characteristics: xv, 392 p. : ill., maps


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Phil_R Sep 16, 2015

The heroic wisdom of Milton Born With A Tooth and the Lonefighters.

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Sep 12, 2013

Started Sept 9, 2013....I just finished "Who Stole the American Dream" and I am really in the mood for a novel, but I've had this book checked out for so long, that I should really give it a go. Looks pretty interesting. Sept 11....not making too much progress, was too tired to read last night, so plugged in the talking book (My Losing Season by Pat Conroy,) and continued with that today (Sept 11) Will try to get back to some reading tomorrow.....Sept 12, so far this book reads like a novel, and the printing is so large it is a pleasure to read.....Sept 16, almost 3/4 of the way through, so interesting, and very thought provoking. It's fun to think back to when this was happening, and think about what I was doing at the time. This was so off my radar back then. I live very near the dam, and have visited it many times. The videos of the water cascading down this flood year were awesome. (I have never seen but a trickle going down in real life.) I will certainly be looking at it with new eyes on my next visit. I will certainly be thinking about dams in general from now on, especially when I drive by, or over them. (and there is quite a few in my close neighbourhood, something which I have never really thought about before, so.....thanks Robert)

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