The Living Legacies of Elouise Cobell - Yellow Bird Woman
- Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
- Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium - view map
When Elouise Cobell, a petite Blackfeet warrior from Montana, started asking questions about missing money from government managed Indian Trust accounts, she never imagined that one day she would be taking on the world’s most powerful government. But what she discovered as the Treasurer of her tribe was a trail of fraud and corruption leading all the way from Montana to Washington DC. "100 Years" is the story of her 30-year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral rich lands were grossly mismanaged by the United States Government. In 1996, Cobell filed the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the federal government (Cobell v. Salazar, named for the Secretary of the Interior in office when the case was settled). For fifteen long years, and through three Presidential administrations, Elouise Cobell's unrelenting spirit never quit. 100 Years is the compelling true story of how she prevailed and made history (https://www.100yearsthemovie.com/about).
Please join us for a reception, film screening, and discussion panel highlighting the many legacies of this remarkable woman in education, community building, finance and environmental conservation. Examples include the Cobell Settlement itself, under which Congress established the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund in her honor, offering higher education opportunities to Native students at MSU and around the country. As a founding member of the public non-profit Blackfeet Indian Land Trust—the first Native American land trust in the nation—Cobell also helped to inspire conservation efforts on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation that would encompass the 1,160-acre Flat Iron Creek Ranch, and would eventually be re-named the Yellow Bird Woman Sanctuary, in her honor. Panelists discuss Cobell's ongoing legacies in their work and vision.
- Native American Studies