Remembering Elouise Cobell
American Indian leader and activist Elouise Cobell has passed away at the age of of 65. Ms. Cobell was a hero to our state and a leading advocate for justice in Indian Country, dedicating her life to helping others.
Here is what Montana Democratic Party Chairman Jim Elliott had to say about Ms. Cobell's legacy:
"America has lost a heroine."
"The dedication, persistence, and courage that Elouise Cobell gave to the cause of justice is rare enough, and the enormous success that she achieved is rarer still. On behalf of Native Americans, she challenged the United States government to keep its word to the sovereign governments of the First Nations. Her victory for Native Americans is a victory for all who treasure justice."
In case you missed it, here's a story from the Associated Press that details Ms. Cobell's quest for justice:
Elouise Cobell took personally the death of each American Indian who never saw a dime in the U.S. government’s $3.4 billion settlement in a long battle over mismanaged land royalties, viewing each passing as another person who would never know justice.
Now she is among those who won’t witness the final outcome after dedicating more than 15 years of her life to seeing through the largest government class-action settlement in U.S. history.
Cobell died Sunday at a Great Falls hospital of complications from cancer at age 65. The Blackfeet woman from Browning was the driving force that guided the lawsuit through seemingly endless court proceedings and political bickering on Capitol Hill.