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Mary Pember: Indian farmers told to stay 'patient' for settlement (11/22)
"American Indian farmers are advised to “be patient.” No kidding. Even as the U.S. Senate voted Friday to pay settlements in two large lawsuits — one involving black farmers who suffered discrimination at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and another...

Opinion: USDA 'capitulates' to Indian farmers in $760M settlement (11/03)
"The outcome could have been predicted. A corporation or government agency, having knuckled under to a group of "civil rights" activists and their lawyers, renders itself an easy target for copycat shakedowns. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for over...

No word of settlement in Indian farmers discrimination suit (05/26)
The Obama administration has reached settlements in two more discrimination lawsuits against the Department of Agriculture but there's no word of a deal with Indian farmers and ranchers. The administration is proposing $1.3 billion for female and Latino farmers. That's...

White House press secretary mentions Cobell during briefing (05/18)
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs mentioned the Indian trust fund lawsuit at a briefing on Monday but appears to have described it incorrectly. Gibbs brought up the case when asked about a settlement that the Obama administration reached with...

Standing Rock Sioux ranchers complain about loan office (04/22)
Ranchers on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation say they are being mistreated by a loan officer with the Farm Service Agency, which is part of the Department of Agriculture. The ranchers say officer Carol Nagel has treated Indians and non-Indians...

'Nowhere close' to deal in Indian farmer discrimination suit (04/08)
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...

Deadline approaches for Indian farmers discrimination suit (04/06)
The Obama administration has until April 21 to reach a settlement in Keepseagle case over discrimination at the Department of Agriculture, The Hill reports. The administration has been in talks with the plaintiffs, who represent Indian farmers and ranchers who...

NCAI pushes for settlement in USDA discrimination suit (03/17)
The National Congress of American Indians is pushing the Obama administration to settle the Keepseagle case over discrimination at the Department of Agriculture. NCAI President Jefferson Keel, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, said Indian farmers and ranchers...

Indian farmers wait on settlement over discrimination (02/26)
The plaintiffs in the Keepseagle case continue to negotiate a potential settlement with the Department of Agriculture under Secretary Tom Vilsack. The class action lawsuit represents Indian farmers who were denied services and loans that were made available to their...

Indian farmers receive fewer services despite more land (01/15)
Indian farmers and ranchers own more land yet make less off their operations and receive fewer federal services than their White counterparts, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The average Indian farmer owns 1,400 acres, compared...

Settlement talks underway in Indian farmers lawsuit (12/09)
Settlement talks are underway in the Keepseagle case, the Associated Press reports. The plaintiffs and the Department of Agriculture will be negotiating for 60 days under a schedule approved by a federal judge. That could mean the end of a...

USDA not ready for Indian discrimination talks (09/29)
The Department of Agriculture is not ready to discuss a settlement in the Keepseagle case, a spokesperson for Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Indian farmers and ranchers hope to end their decade-long lawsuit alleging discrimination in loans and services. They...

Indian farmers set for USDA discrimination trial (09/11)
A lawsuit that alleges systemic discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers plan to ask for a trial next month. The Keepseagle case was filed in 1997. The plaintiffs would like to settle the case but say they are ready...

Indian farmers wait for settlement with Obama (09/08)
The plaintiffs in a landmark discrimination lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture still hope they can reach a settlement with President Barack Obama. The Keepseagle case represents thousands of Indian farmers and ranchers who say they were victims of systemic...