Secretary Salazar statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011
The following is a statement from Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Elouise Cobell, who dedicated her life to the betterment of Indian people. She sought justice to address historical wrongs that had weighed on our nation’s conscience and was a significant force for change. I was honored to work personally with Elouise to reach a settlement that fairly and honorably resolves the long-standing Cobell litigation. Thanks to Elouise's leadership and unwavering focus over many years, we passed the Claims Resolution Act in 2010 and President Obama has signed it into law. For this monumental achievement, and for the attention she brought to the need for a just resolution, Elouise is a hero in every sense of the word. As we pause to reflect on Elouise's life and achievements, let us be inspired to do better by the first Americans, and to uphold our nation's promise of justice and opportunity for all.
202 630 8439 (THEZ)
Top Stories1. Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
2. New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill
3. Suquamish Tribe looks to address homelessness on reservation with tiny houses
4. Mary Annette Pember: New mural is a symbol of Native resilience in Minnesota
5. Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country
More Stories Sen. Harry Reid statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell
Erich Longie: Victory fleeting for both sides of 'Fighting Sioux'