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Old 10-20-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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680M dollar settlement to Native American farmers

Native American farmers have persevered and won a lawsuit filed again the US Dept of Agriculture for discrimination in ag-related loans from 1981-1999.

The money will come directly from the Dept of Justice and doesn't need to be legislated by Congress, unlike the Pickford settlement awarded to African-American farmers to the tune of $1 Billion dollars which is on hold.

$50,000 will be awarded to farmers showing evidence of discrimination by the USDA. And additional $225,000 is available if farmers can show economic losses due to discrimination.

$80M more is available for debt forgiveness.

Hispanic and female farmers have similar lawsuits in the works against the USDA, but are not class action suits.

Here's some link:

CNN has a good story and good pics:
Government settles lawsuit with Native American farmers - CNN.com

NPR also does a good job:
U.S. Reaches $680M Deal With Native American Farmers : The Two-Way : NPR

Washington Post's version:
Farmers See Ray of Hope in USDA Bias Case - washingtonpost.com

One farm family's story from a couple years ago:
Native American Farmers Allege Loan Bias : NPR

Related story about Hispanic farmers:
Hispanic Farmers Fight To Sue USDA : NPR
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