- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Gov. Steve Bullock has proclaimed Nov. 5 as Elouise Cobell Day in honor of the woman who led a 14-year legal fight against the federal government over mismanagement of Indian trust funds.

Bullock signed the proclamation Thursday recognizing Cobell on her birthday of each year. The action comes after the state Legislature failed to pass a bill that would have named the day in Cobell’s honor.

Cobell, who was treasurer of the Blackfeet Tribe for more than a decade, was the lead plaintiff in a 1996 class-action lawsuit, known as Cobell v. Salazar. The litigation resulted in a $3.4 billion settlement approved by President Obama in 2010 to provide payment to those whose property had been held in trust.

Cobell died in 2011.

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