Join OSII for the Social Justice Film Series for a screening of 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice for Native Americans and host a talk back after the movie.
"This is the story of Elouise Cobell's courageous fight for justice for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans who were cheated out of billions of dollars by the United States Government.
Over 100 years ago, the United States Government broke up numerous Indian reservations and allotted millions of acres to 300,000 individual Indians. They promised to manage their land and send lease payments for oil, gas, timber, and grazing to the Indian Trust Fund, but instead the Department of the Interior grossly mismanaged the money owed them. As the Treasurer of the Blackfeet tribe, Elouise Cobell noticed issues with the trust account and raised questions about the missing money which lead her into a 30-year fight that resulted in the largest class action suit ever filed against the federal government.
After filing in 1996, Elouise Cobell's indomitable spirit persisted for 15 years and three Presidential administrations until she finally prevailed and made history with a $3.4 billion settlement. 100 YEARS not only details her long fight but serves as a fitting tribute to a warrior unlike any other."