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100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice

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

76 min­utes

Tales from the Heart

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