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This Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, picture shows Elouise Cobell outside the law offices of Kilpatrick & Stockton in Washington. The Blackfeet Community College recently named its new health science and education building after Cobell, who is a tribal elder and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

GREAT FALLS — The Blackfeet Community College has named its new health science and education building in honor of Elouise Cobell, a tribal elder and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the $7.5 million building in Browning is named the Oahtkwii Piiksakii Iikohkon-Yellow Bird Woman Lodge for Cobell.

Cobell led a 15-year legal fight against the federal government over mismanagement of Native trust funds, ending with a $3.4 billion settlement.

President Barack Obama posthumously recognized Cobell in 2016. She died in October 2011.

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Officials say they hope the future health care workers and teachers trained in the building will be a step toward improving access to health care and other services on the Blackfeet Reservation.

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