Hoyer Statement on the Passing of Elouise Cobell

For Immediate Release:

October 17, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the passing of Elouise Cobell:

“Elouise Cobell saw injustice and would not be silent. Her fifteen-year fight to ensure that funds held by the government on behalf of American Indians would be used to their benefit and not squandered led to a victory that helped right a historic wrong. The relationship between American Indians and the federal government has long had to endure a legacy of suspicion, and Elouise was instrumental in working toward a future based instead on trust and a commitment to justice. I join in celebrating her life and expressing my sadness at her passing. My thoughts are with her family and the people of her beloved Blackfeet Nation.”

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