Native American farmers and ranchers have been waiting a long time for results from their Keepseagle v. Vilsack case.
The case seeks redress for Indian people denied millions of dollars in the same sorts of ag loans that went to their white neighbors (see previous post, here). But hope may be on the horizon.
As the AP’s Ben Evans reports here:
The Obama administration on Tuesday offered $1.3 billion to settle complaints from female and Latino farmers who say they faced discrimination from the Agriculture Department.
The proposal comes as Congress is poised to approve a $1.25 billion settlement with African-American farmers in a similar discrimination case. The agency also is negotiating with Native American farmers over another lawsuit.
Meanwhile, Friday is the court-mandated deadline for congressional approval in the historic Cobell v. Salazar case that would distribute $3.4 billion to Native Americans bilked out of oil, timber and other royalties held in trust for them by the federal government.
As lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell, who is Blackfeet from Browning, Mont., told the AP’s Matt Volz, here, earlier this week:
“I want us to win for once, you know? Indians are always losing.”
Tags: buffalo post, Cobell v. Salazar, Congress, Elouise Cobell, George Keepseagle, Gwen Florio, Indian trust case, Keepseagle v. Vilsack, Latino farmers, Native American farmers, Native American news, Obama Administration, Women farmers