'Nowhere close' to deal in Indian farmer discrimination suit
The plaintiffs in the Keepseagle case are "nowhere close" to a settlement with the Obama administration, attorney Joseph Sellers told The National Law Journal.

The plaintiffs represent Indian farmers and ranchers who say they were denied loans and services by the Department of Agriculture. They are claiming billions of dollars in economic damage due to discrimination.

The parties have been in talks for a settlement but a stay in the case expires April 21. "We are nowhere close to a settlement, but it remains to be seen what our clients are prepared to do in connection with the stay," Sellers said.

The Obama administration recently negotiated an additional $1.25 billion to settle an African-American farmer lawsuit.

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