The late Elouise Cobell, a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation, was the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, which led to a $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior
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Elouise Cobell's family brings Presidential Medal of Freedom to Blackfeet Nation





The family of the late Elouise Cobell brought her Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Blackfeet Nation last week, MTN News reports.

Cobell, who was Blackfeet, was the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Her efforts to hold the federal government accountable to hundreds of thousands of tribal citizens led to her being awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously last November.

"She was a role model for everyone to stand up and say 'Enough is enough, we're not going to stand for this anymore we're just as good as anybody else and we're just as intelligent anybody else,'" Cobell's sister Julene Kennery told MTN News. The medal was shown in Browning, on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.

Cobell was the fourth Indian Country recipient of the award, which is the nation's highest civilian honor, during the presidency of Barack Obama.

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