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President Obama names Elouise Cobell as recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom

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President Obama names Elouise Cobell one of twenty one recipients of Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

"Elouise Cobell (posthumous)

Elouise Cobell was a Blackfeet Tribal community leader and an advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence. She used her expertise in accounting to champion a lawsuit that resulted in a historic settlement, restoring tribal homelands to her beloved Blackfeet Nation and many other tribes, and in so doing, inspired a new generation of Native Americans to fight for the rights of others. Cobell helped found the Native American Bank, served as director of the Native American Community Development Corporation, and inspired Native American women to seek leadership roles in their communities."

For more information on the Presidential Medal of Freedom please click here.

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: One Woman's Fight For Justice" 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. 

For 15 long years and through three Presidential administrations, Elouise Cobell's unrelenting spirit never quit. This is the true story of how she prevailed and made history.

Directed by Melinda Janko and produced by Academy Award nominee Michele Ohayon. The film brings the story of the legendary activist Elouise Cobell to the big screen.

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