Tester: Elouise Cobell ‘set this nation on a new course’

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement in response to the passing of Elouise Cobell:

“Elouise Cobell was a star—truly a guiding light that will always lead the way for all Americans who fight for justice and fairness. Elouise’s tireless leadership set this nation on a new course, and what she accomplished reminds us that any person in any part of this country has the power to stand up and right a wrong, no matter how difficult it may be.

“Sharla’s and my thoughts and prayers are with Elouise’s husband Alvin, her son Turk, and her entire family. We join the Blackfeet Nation and all Montanans in mourning, honoring and celebrating the life of an extraordinary Montanan. Future generations will learn about Elouise Cobell’s legacy and they will be inspired to follow her lead. She will always be remembered as an American hero.”

Tester, along with Sen. Max Baucus, recently introduced legislation to award Cobell the Congressional Gold Medal.