Senate Sets Aside $4.6B For Black Farmers, Indians

Law360, New York (November 19, 2010, 7:25 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to allocate nearly $4.6 billion to settle long-standing class actions brought by black farmers and American Indian landowners against the government.

American Indian landowners who filed a host of class actions against the government will receive $3.4 billion, according to the Senate's bill. The cases claimed the U.S. Department of the Interior mishandled more than $100 billion in oil, gas, timber, mineral and grazing proceeds from tribal lands.

The farmers who filed a class action against the government will receive...
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