Native American Farmers Win $680M in
Condensed by Native Village
Havasupai Indian farming community
The Obama administration will pay $680,000,000
to Native American farmers denied the same low-interest
loans given to white farmers between
1981 - 2007.
The farmers filed a lawsuit against the
U.S. Department of Agriculture 11 years ago. The
settlement says farmers and ranchers can get up to
each if they prove the USDA caused them economic
But most farmers will likely opt for a $50,000
payment that requires less paperwork.
The lawsuit, Keepseagle v. Vilsack, was named for Marilyn Keepseagle,
who filed the class-action lawsult. The North
Dakota farmer said the settlement would "help
thousands of Native Americans who are still farming
and ranching. But more important, through this
settlement we will leave to our children and
grandchildren a farm loan system far more responsive
to our community than the system we inherited from
from black farmers led to a
settlement last February. Congress, however, has not
given them their money.
In recent years, other lawsuits
were filed against the USDA for discriminating on its farm loan programs. The issue became national
news when USDA
employee Shirley Sherrod resigned. A video clip suggested she didn't fully help
a white farmer in 1986 because of his race. Sherrod
However, a full video emerged, showing that she
actually helped the farmer. The President
and Tom Vilsack, the Agriculture Secretary,
apologized and offered Sherrod her job back. She
The Native Americans' settlement includes an
of debt forgiveness and $20.000,000
in administrative fees. It must first be be approved by a federal district
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