“Asked what she wanted her legacy to be, she said she hoped she would inspire a new generation of Native Americans to fight for the rights of others and lift their community out of poverty.”

The New York Times October 17, 2011

During her lifetime, Elouise Cobell was a passionate advocate for Native American rights, inspiring the next generation of advocates to fight for the rights of others.

Founded upon this legacy, the Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute is dedicated to providing project-based learning and outreach using high-level tools essential to the future of Native American communities. Students and researchers of the Institute are trained in land use; resource mapping; economic analysis; history; and cultural and language preservation related to Native American issues and those of rural and urban areas of the region.

The Institute also seeks partnerships with community organizations and tribal colleges to broaden the horizons of future generations. These partnerships also include business and economic development organizations, which engage students in projects of real-world problem solving for local communities as they pursue their own education.