Choctaw Nation seeks $58.5M from Keepseagle for foundation
Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
The Choctaw Nation
of Oklahoma is seeking $58.5 million in unused funds from the Keepseagle settlement
over discrimination at the Department of Agriculture
The Obama administration settled the Keepseagle lawsuit for $760 million, which included $680 million in direct payments to Indian farmers and ranchers and an $80 million loan forgiveness fund. Now that all checks have been distributed, some $380 million remains and the tribe says it deserves a share.
“Tribal governments like Choctaw want to work together to ensure that the remaining $380 million in Keepseagle cy pres money is spent on the ground, in Indian country by Indian tribal governments, on behalf of actual Indian farmers and ranchers,” Brian McClain, the tribe's legislative advocate
, told Indian Country Today.
The Choctaws oppose a proposal by the Keepseagle plaintiffs to set up a new foundation that would distribute the $380 million. Other tribes also oppose the idea even though the Intertribal Agriculture
, the National Congress of
, the Coalition of Large Tribes, the Great Plains Tribal
Chairman's Association and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said they support it.
The Choctaws plan to use the $58.5 million for the Jones Academy Foundation, which supports the Jones Academy
, a boarding school.
Get the Story:
Choctaw Nation Wants Keepseagle Millions Awarded to Tribe’s Foundation
(Indian Country Today 9/5)
Tribes Don't Like Keepseagle Lawyers Controlling $380 Million of Settlement
(Indian Country Today 9/4)
(August 30, 2013)
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