Yellow Bird Woman/Elouise Cobell Day

UM will celebrate Yellow Bird Woman/Elouise Cobell's life and accomplishments tomorrow, November 5 with virtual events throughout the afternoon. Mother, activist, Blackfeet National Bank founder, rancher, and leader; Elouise also helped to initiate the largest class action settlement against the federal government - restoring land and funds to many indigenous peoples. Join us for an afternoon to honor this amazing woman.

Noon - "Elouise Cobell Day Opening Session," with Dr. Kathryn Shanley, chair of the UM Department of Native American Studies. Other speakers include UM President Seth Bodnar, President of Blackfeet Community College Dr. Karla Bird; Turk Cobell, Elouise's son; her sisters Joy Ketah and Karen Powell; and Mikalen Running Fisher, a UM Native American Studies major.

2 p.m.  - “Indigenous Education in Practice and Policy,” the UM College of Education will sponsor a series of virtual presentations including the following topics:
  • “Indigenous Knowledge Systems” by Dr. Kathryn Shanley, professor and chair, UM Department of Native American Studies.
  • “Policy Efforts and Relationships in Education” by Julie Cajune, Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribes.
  • “Indigenous-Centered Visions for Education” by Dr. Maegan Rides at the Door, UM National Native Children’s Trauma Center.

3 p.m. - “Intergenerational Learning and Healing” a panel with Brad Hall, Blackfeet, UM tribal outreach specialist; Dr. Laverne Anderson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and UM education Dean Dr. Adrea Lawrence. To join this presentation, email or

4 p.m. - A panel discussion on the repatriation of tribal land and the #LandBack Movement led by UM Native American Natural Resources Program students from the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation who are all working to advance the role of Indigenous knowledge in protecting and reclaiming tribal lands and resources.