Lois Frank at the blockade
The Lethbridge Herald reports, "Criminal charges (against Lois Frank) were stayed in court Wednesday morning, so they will not proceed. With new evidence, the intimidation charge against Frank could be brought back within a year, but as Judge Derek Redman told the court, that is rare. ...Frank and two other women, all members of activist organization Kainai Lethbridge Earth Watch, were charged with criminal intimidation on Sept. 9, 2011 for protesting oil extraction on the reserve involving a process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The other women, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Jill Crop Eared Wolf, had their charges dropped earlier this year after they agreed to complete the alternative measures program, which often involves community service or counselling. But Frank, a Lethbridge professor, pleaded not guilty and maintained she had committed no crime by challenging the Blood Tribe's decision to allow fracking on the reserve - a decision she alleges was made without proper consultation."