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Obama Signs Bill To Pay Black and Native Farmers—Finally!

 
 
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Today President Obama signed the Claims Resolution Act of 2010. This act, among other things, provides funding for the settlement agreements reached in the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans; the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by black  farmers; and four separate water rights suits, brought by Native American tribes. The signing of this bill will provide $1.5 billion to settle claims with black farmers and $3.4 billion to settle with Native American farmers. As Jamilah King wrote for ColorLines, the payout has been a long, long time coming.

[See a chart of this bill's history at ColorLines.]

Racewire / By Hatty Lee

Posted at December 10, 2010, 5:20am

 
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