Elouise Cobell’s legacy: self-empowerment

Keith-HarperKeith Harper is one of the lead attorneys on the landmark Indian trust funds lawsuit brought by Blackfeet leader Elouise Cobell, which led to a 3.4 billion dollar settlement. Harper, a member of the Cherokee nation, worked with Cobell over the 16 years of the lawsuit, and he continues to represent the plaintiffs as the settlement is distributed. Cobell died in 2011, after the settlement was reached but before the money was disbursed. In this feature interview, Harper talks with News Director Sally Mauk about Cobell’s long fight – and what the outcome means for Indian country. Harper says he was just two years out of law school in 1995 when he started working on the case.

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