Here’s an amazing person.
Elouise Cobell, Blackfeet woman who grew up hearing and knowing that our government, who insisted that they be “burdened” with running Indian affairs and being entrusted with their money, was mismanaging said money to the tune of billions fought. She won $3.4B settlement in Indian land trust case, and died at 65 this weekend.
Asked what she wanted her legacy to be, she said she hoped she would inspire a new generation of Native Americans to fight for the rights of others and lift their community out of poverty.
“Maybe one of these days, they won’t even think about me. They’ll just keep going and say, ‘This is because I did it,’” Cobell said. “I never started this case with any intentions of being a hero. I just wanted this case to give justice to people that didn’t have it.”
Cobell said she had heard stories since she was a child of how the government had shortchanged Native Americans with accounts for royalties from their land that was leased for resource development or farming.
Cobell said she became outraged when she actually started digging into how much money the government had squandered that belonged people who were living in dire poverty on the Blackfeet reservation in northwestern Montana.
She realized the amount mismanaged since the 1880s could be hundreds of billions of dollars. She said she tried for years working with two U.S. government administrations to resolve the dispute, then decided to sue with four other Native Americans as plaintiffs when no progress was made.
The government dug in. Over the next 14 years, there were more than 3,600 court filings, 220 days of trial, 80 published court decisions and 10 appeals until the 2009 breakthrough.
(big quote because she deserves it)
What an amazing woman. And what an impressive fight.
Now we have OWS where white folks (apparently exhippies and college students with huge outstanding loans and trust fund babies) are aggrieved because this country isn’t more diverse, the banks got bailed out but not homeowners or because education isn’t free, or because health care isn’t free or because they want to have sex with whoever they want or because as I heard on NPR last night, “they just want to live”.
Well, go ahead and live. Start your own little society on some piece of land somewhere and give it a go. Without jobs you won’t need to pay payroll taxes or income taxes so who cares who gets bailed out…it won’t be your taxes affected. Share your goods and services without money since money is evil. You have plenty of support from others and 300,000 in the bank. Go for it. You have enough professors in your rank you could start a free university. No one is stopping you.
Unlike protests movements in say Egypt that they like to compare themselves to.
Here is hot air with the trust fund baby along with a Crowder video (love them all!).
Ms Cobell a single Blackfeet woman. One of the most aggrieve demographics in this country who have had promises made and broken for 200 years managed to fight a real honest fight. May she rest in peace and give some guidance to those just occupying space because they can’t decide if making a demand will empower
“We absolutely need demands,” said Shawn Redden, 35, an earnest history teacher in the group. “Like Frederick Douglass said, ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand.’ ”
them or depower them.
“Demands are disempowering since they require someone else to respond,” said Gabriel Willow, a protester strolling past a sleeping-bag pod of young adults in the park last Monday. “It’s not like we couldn’t come up with any, but I don’t think people would vote for them.”
Socialism – yeah, that will make the government work well.