In the story Green Grass, Running Water, by Thomas King, the government wants to construct a dam that will change the landscape of the territory occupied by members of the Blackfoot [Native American] community in Alberta, Canada.
Eli is a man who had left his home among the Blackfoot to pursue a career in academics. Ironically, it is the dam that brings him back as he attempts to stop the construction of the dam from continuing, in order to save his mother's house. The dam will also interfere with the Blackfoot traditions, and Eli is one character who is dedicated to hindering the project's completion.
It would appear that Eli has been keeping those responsible for building the dam at bay for ten years. In finding a common cause that unites Eli with his people and his heritage, he finds his way back home.