100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Jus­tice; Al­ways Shine; Dead Billy

doc­u­men­tary, 75 min­utes, not rated, 3.5 chiles

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - — Priyanka Ku­mar

100 Years tells the eye-open­ing story of Elouise Co­bell, a Na­tive Amer­i­can woman from the Black­foot Con­fed­er­acy in Mon­tana who ini­ti­ated the largestever class ac­tion law­suit against the U.S. govern­ment. As her tribe’s trea­surer, Co­bell was trou­bled by the murk­i­ness sur­round­ing govern­ment-man­aged In­dian Trust ac­counts, which pur­port­edly held roy­al­ties due to some 300,000 Na­tive peo­ple from com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties that ex­ploited their mineral-rich lands. For in­stance, the govern­ment had leased oil wells on Na­tive prop­er­ties to com­pa­nies without ne­go­ti­at­ing any­thing near fair mar­ket roy­al­ties and without any in­put from the landown­ers, who, in many cases, con­tin­ued to live in near poverty. Thwarted in her at­tempts to get an­swers, Co­bell filed a class-ac­tion law­suit against the U.S. gov­ern1996. ment in The case lan­guished for nearly a decade and a half in the court sys­tem, de­spite a sym­pa­thetic judge. Dur­ing the fight, Co­bell was haunted by the mem­ory of an­ces­tors who had starved one win­ter in the late 1800s for lack of govern­ment ra­tions and who were buried in what is now known as the Ghost Ridge site in Mon­tana. Even­tu­ally, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed a bill that would com­pen­sate the Na­tive peo­ples $3.4 bil­lion for the gross mis­man­age­ment of their trust ac­counts. An ac­tivist of stag­ger­ing strength and char­ac­ter (and an Elvis fan), Co­bell died in 2011, just four months after the court ap­proved the set­tle­ment. Other than a few vis­tas, the cin­e­matog­ra­phy here is func­tional, with the vi­su­als con­sist­ing largely of in­ter­views and com­mit­tee meet­ings. The com­pelling nar­ra­tive, how­ever, makes this a must-see doc­u­men­tary. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, 10 a.m. Fri­day, Oct. 21

100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Jus­tice

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