Director: Melinda Janko
Winner of the Big Sky Award; official selection at the Agua Caliente Native, Athena, Big Sky, Environmental, and Santa Fe Independent Film Festivals
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 U.S. government. But what she discovered as treasurer of her tribe was a trail of fraud and corruption leading all the way from Montana to Washington, D.C.
This engrossing film is the story of her 30-year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans, whose mineral-rich lands were grossly mismanaged by our country’s government. In 1996, Cobell filed the largest class action lawsuit ever brought against the federal government.
For 15 long years, and through three Presidential administrations, Elouise Cobell’s unrelenting spirit never quit, enabling her to prevail and make history.
For her efforts she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
Released in 2016
Tales from the Heart