Peace and justice film and forum Sept. 19 in Belfast
BELFAST —In recognition of Indigenous People's Day (October 8), the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County is presenting the film, "100 Years: One Woman's Fight For Justice" as their first fall film. It will be shown in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, September 19 at 6 pm..
Over 100 years ago, the U.S. government broke up Indian Reservations and allotted millions of acres of land to 300,000 Native Americans. The government run Indian Trust Fund was supposed to disburse revenues generated by oil , gas and timber leases, but it actually managed to cheat Native families out of billions of dollars.
In 1996, Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet Warrior, filed the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the Federal Government. This is a story of how she prevailed and made history.