In Thomas King's Green Grass, Running Water, how long has Eli Stands Alone stopped the operation of the dam?  

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Eli Stands Alone has been preventing the dam project from going forward for ten years. Every day, he's visited by Sifton, a man who works for the developers who want to build the dam, who asks whether he's ready to give up his claim to the house and give it to Alberta. Every day, he refuses.

The house he lives in was his mother's house. He says that she built it. When she died, he went home and defended the house from the encroachment.

Thomas King writes:

His mother had built the house. Log by log. Had dragged each one out of the small stand of timber behind the house, barked them, hewn them, and set them. He and Norma had been too young to help, and Camelot was only a baby then. (122)

Ultimately, Eli dies when there is an earthquake and the area around his home—as well as the house—is flooded. Later, Lionel says the dam looks bad in the aftermath of the quake and that they may have to tear the whole thing down.

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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.

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