Hero of the Week: Kendall Edmo
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For nearly 40 years the Blackfeet Nation has been fighting in Montana to protect the Badger-Two Medicine – an area of deep spiritual significance to the tribe – from oil and gas drilling. While many people have denounced drilling in this incredible landscape, for the Blackfeet Tribe confronted with the threat to their ancestral land, this is a fight to preserve their identity. And from the Badger-Two Medicine to the Dakota Access Pipeline, to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, and Bears Ears in Utah, a growing group of young Indigenous leaders has emerged in the fight to protect lands and waters that hold deep cultural significance.
One such leader is Kendall Edmo, who was born and raised on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation where she now works in the Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Under the mentorship and guidance of the Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, she has been working to protect and maintain the cultural integrity of the landscape, to ensure it remains intact for future generations. And thanks to the hard work of Kendall and other tribal leaders, they are close to success. The cancellation of the final oil and gas lease on Badger-Two Medicine is now pending before a D.C. appeals court.