DEMS SPEND: $4.6 billion for black farmers, American Indians…

Posted on November 30, 2010


The U.S. House of Representatives gave final congressional approval for $4.6 billion to settle discrimination claims by black farmers and allegations that the government cheated American Indians out of land-use royalties.

The Senate approved the funding last week, signaling an end to an impasse that thwarted White House pledges to resolve the complaints. In one lawsuit, filed in 1997, black farmers alleged racial discrimination in U.S. Department of Agriculture lending programs. In a separate legal action, 300,000 American Indians said they were cheated out of land royalties dating to 1887. The House vote was 256-152, mostly along party lines.

via U.S. House Approves Black-Farmer, Indian Settlements – BusinessWeek.