WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has settled a Native American discrimination case against the Agriculture Department filed in 1999 by Marilyn and George Keepseagle, a Fort Yates, N.D., couple, and other Native American farmers,
WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Native American farmers and the government appear to be making progress in settling the class-action discrimination case filed by Marilyn Keepseagle, a Fort Yates, N.D., farmer in 1997, against the Agriculture Department, while the Obama administration announced an initial proposal to settle discrimination cases brought by Rosemary Love, a Harlem, Mont., farmer and Hispanic farmers.
WASHINGTON — Black farmers signaled April 1 that they will be patient while Congress and the Obama administration try to find $1.15 billion to settle USDA discrimination cases, but the administration is now under pressure to settle a similar suit brought by Native American farmers.
An attorney for American Indian farmers suing the government over alleged farm loan discrimination says the group continues to prepare for a trial despite statements by the Obama administration indicating a willingness to resolve such disputes.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
May 23, 2009
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