Woman behind Indian trust case remembered for grit

AP News

10/22/2011 4:31:13 PM - AP News
BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — Elouise Cobell is being remembered as a woman whose compassion and grit drove her to dedicate the last 16 years of her life to holding the U.S. government accountable for billions of dollars lost or stolen from fellow Native Americans.More than 400 people gathered in the Browning High School gymnasium Saturday for Cobell's funeral.The Blackfeet woman died last Sunday of cancer. She was 65.Cobell filed a lawsuit in 1996 that resulted in a $3.4 billion settlement. Under it, the U.S. government would pay up to 500,000 Native Americans for mismanaging their accounts, buy up fractionated land and turn it over to the tribes and establish a college scholarship.After the service at the high school, Cobell was to be buried at her ranch south of Browning.