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October 21, 2010

Obama To Buy Indian Vote With Our Tax Dollars

American Indian Farmers Are Offered $680 Million

The Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration agreed Tuesday to pay up to $680 million to American Indian farmers to settle an 11-year-old class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who took office promising to address longstanding complaints by minority farmers against the department, said eligible farmers and ranchers can receive up to $250,000 each for showing that USDA discrimination caused them economic losses. However, most farmers will probably opt for a uniform $50,000 payment, which involves less red tape.

In the class-action suit, American Indian farmers allege that USDA bureaucrats denied them the low-interest rate loans given to white farmers between 1981 and 2007.

The American Indian class-action lawsuit has long been overshadowed by similar discrimination litigation brought by black farmers against the USDA. The Obama administration reached a $1.25 billion settlement with black farmers in February, but Congress has yet to appropriate that money.

Unlike the suit by black farmers, the money to settle the litigation by American Indian farmers is coming from an existing federal judgment fund—managed by the Justice Department and Treasury Department—which is used to pay for litigation involving the government.

The amount of money that the federal government will eventually pay to American Indian farmers is far from clear in large part because it is hard to estimate how many farmers will file claims.

According to the most recent USDA census of agriculture, which was conducted in 2007, nearly 35,000 American Indians made the day-to-day decisions for a farm or ranch. Before the 2007 census, however, the population of American Indian farmers is murkier because the government often counted an entire reservation as one farm operation.


Wild Thing's comment.........

Obamanation will pander and bribe any and every ‘ethnic’ group they can.

When will people finally become non hyphen Americans.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 21, 2010 02:45 AM


Cool! My garden sucked this year. It's because...ummmm...ahhhhh...ummmm...the Federal Gov. didn't provide me with funds to analyze my soil 'cause I'm....ummmm... Polish, ya , that's it. It's discrimination, I tell ya. I want $1 Billion to redress this insult to my ethnicity! Call the ACLU! Call Soros! I want justice! (More of our money going out the window to further Obama's power-grab. Geez.)

Posted by: petesuj at October 21, 2010 09:48 AM

It's hard to estimate how many farmers are going to file claims. It's simple, more supposed farmers are going to file claims than there were actual farmers. That's what's happening with the case concerning Black farmers where more are filing claims than were actually farming. The same thing is happening right now in the Gulf were there are suddenly more fisherman than ever before. When it comes to free undeserving money from the government, everybody lines up.

Posted by: BobF at October 21, 2010 09:52 AM

Just give them some fire water and they all vote republican. This kenyan A-hole just doesn't get it he thinks he can buy anything. Not even the Indians are going to go for this.

Posted by: Mark at October 21, 2010 02:11 PM

Pete, good one!!!!!!

Bob, yes and they are a lot of lines too.

Mark, I agree, good point about this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 21, 2010 06:47 PM