USDA To Pay $680M To Native American Farmers

Law360, New York (October 19, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to pay $680 million in damages to resolve a long-running nationwide class action brought by thousands of Native American farmers and ranchers who claimed the agency’s farm loan program was discriminatory and favored white farmers for nearly two decades.

The USDA on Tuesday announced the settlement of the class action, which was filed in November 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and noted that the agreement also includes a provision to forgive up to...
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Case Title

KEEPSEAGLE, et al v. VENEMAN, et al

Case Number



District Of Columbia

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions


Emmet G. Sullivan

Date Filed

November 24, 1999

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