About Elouise Cobell
A member of Montana’s Blackfeet Tribe, Elouise Cobell received national attention when she and four other Native Americans embarked on one of the largest and most complicated class-action lawsuits ever brought against the U.S. Government. The lawsuit claimed the Interior Department illegally obtained billions of dollars in royalties owed to individual tribal members all across the country, and ultimately resulted in a 2010 settlement worth $3.4 billion. It was during this fifteen year legal battle that Cobell became famous for her unrelenting appetite for justice, ensuring a legacy of equity and truth for many years to come. Elouise Cobell died in 2011 at the age of 65.