documents the David vs. Goliath 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. The film not only details her long fight but serves as a fitting tribute to a warrior unlike any other.
FEATURED IN THE FILM
- President Barack Obama
- Senator John McCain
- Senator Tom Daschle
- Senator Byron Dorgan
- Tex Hall, Former President of National Congress of American Indians
- Ross Swimmer, Special Trustee of the American Indian, Department of the Interior
- Congressman Jay Inslee
- Congressman Tom Cole
- James Cason, Associate Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior
- Professor Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado Law School
- Chairman Anthony Pico, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
- Federal Judge Royce C. Lamberth
Model Teaching Unit Middle and Secondary Level with Montana Common Core Standards
: "I made this film because I was outraged by the injustice by the U.S. Government and I wanted to bring this little known story to the world. I wondered if the U.S. Government could abuse the rights of one minority of people how safe are the rest of us? I also wanted to honor the life work and fighting spirit of Elouise Cobell, whose historic achievement earned her a Presidential Medal of Freedom Award."