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Blackfeet college building named in honor of Elouise Cobell

November 9, 2018

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Blackfeet Community College has named its new health science and education building in honor of Elouise Cobell, a tribal elder and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the $7.5 million building in Browning is named the Oahtkwii Piiksakii Iikohkon-Yellow Bird Woman Lodge for Cobell.

Cobell led a 15-year legal fight against the federal government over mismanagement of Native trust funds, ending with a $3.4 billion settlement.

President Barack Obama posthumously recognized Cobell in 2016. She died in October 2011.

Officials say they hope the future health care workers and teachers trained in the building will be a step toward improving access to health care and other services on the Blackfeet Reservation.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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