Dear Friends and Supporters of "A Small Measure of Justice", 


For the past eight years I have been producing and directing a feature length documentary about the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the United States Government by lead plaintiff, Elouise Cobell.  


When I began this journey, I never imagined it would take this long!  But documentary filmmaking is about telling real life stories.... in real time. In 2004, Fire in the Belly Productions started filming at the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C.  Since then we have traveled all over the United States filming in eight states and on many Tribal lands.


Before I set out to tell this story, I had never set foot on an Indian reservation nor in the Department of Interior. Having overcome the many obstacles that faced me and driven by an unrelenting passion to bring this story to light, it is with great pleasure that I announce the complettion of 85% of the filming of

"A Small Measure of Justice," and the start of post-production in May 2013.


While I had serious doubts that there would ever be a resolution to this lawsuit, I was elated when President Barack Obama made the announcement of a $3.4 billion settlement in the Cobell case in December of 2009! In November of 2010, the United States Congress approved the settlement and in

June 2011, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan gave the settlement the final stamp of approval.  After 15 long years of fighting one of the longest court cases in U.S. history, Elouise Pepion Cobell prevailed and justice was finally served to 300,000 Native Americans.


With the launch of our new website you will see a new title, a new look, and a new trailer that honors the woman who fought a David vs. Goliath battle and WON! I am also pleased to announce our award winning team: Executive Producers, Alan Blomquist, and Dea Shandera, Producer, Michele Ohayon, Editor, Edgar Burcksen, DP, Jim Orr, and Assistant Editors, Stephon Litwinczuk and Kathryn Panian.


Fire in the Belly Productions looks forward to bringing this incredible story of injustice to the world stage.


Thank you for your interest in "A Small Measure of Justice".




Melinda Janko

(858) 521-0559