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Obama Signs Law Awarding $4.6 Billion to Native Americans, Black Farmers

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Saying the United States was finally righting old wrongs, President Obama signed legislation Wednesday settling two class-action discrimination suits filed by American Indians and black farmers, awarding them $4.6 billion.

Obama said the new law "isn't simply a matter of making amends; it's about reaffirming our values on which this nation was founded: the principles of fairness and equality and opportunity."

The black farmers' component stems from a lawsuit settled in 1999 and involves allegations of widespread discrimination by the Agriculture Department in awarding loans and other aid. The new law provides $1.2 billion to farmers who were denied payments in the earlier case because they missed deadlines for filing.

President ObamaThe agreement for Indian tribes is tied to a suit filed 15 years ago. Some 300,000 Native Americans say they were cheated out of royalties overseen by the Interior Department for oil, gas, grazing and timber rights. The new law also settles four disputes over water rights in Arizona, New Mexico and Montana.

Given the lengthy procedures involved, plaintiffs are not expected to receive their compensation until August 2011, the Washington Post reports.

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This waste of BORROWED taxpayer money is brought to you once again by, the Democrats, the party of victims. What's next? Farming reparations for gay, one eyed, left handed farmers with bad skin? Just wait, I'm sure it's on its way!

December 10 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

This will be one of Obama's biggest and most costly mistakes. The number of black farmers ALIVE is 1800 and over 80,000 blacks applied for reparations. Watch when GOP takes majority and the INVESTIGATIONS into this scam. This just might be Obama's Watergate.

December 10 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

face it..remember the term, reparations?

December 09 2010 at 9:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

The government has confiscated, misused and recklessly overspent my tax revenues for over 30 years. Why am I not entitled to some form of restitution for this injustice?...

December 09 2010 at 12:38 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

this is a scam america.they are paying to more black and indian farmers than there actually is black and indian farmers.there has been black people saying most of these people are not,have not and never were farmers but now since they somehow signed into the lawsuit they are getting tons of money that is not rightfully theirs.hopefully this will be investigated in the next congress.

December 09 2010 at 12:05 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Oh, great. Who's next reparations for descendants of Irish immigrants who came here in the 1840s in economic competition with slaves for wages?

December 09 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

This is a settlement that hopefully will be defunded by the republicans. I encourage all people on this site to go to and read about it. Pigford is nothing but reparations for black Americans, and every person who participated in bringing it about should be in jail. There are not now nor has there ever been 90,000 black American farmers. Even a black American farmer is disgusted by this case. Yes, there are those who were discriminated against and should be rewarded, however, only about 20,000 black farmers fit this description.

December 09 2010 at 11:09 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply


December 09 2010 at 10:42 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

The Lawyers will make out like bandits as usual on this and noone else. This solves absolutely nothing.

December 09 2010 at 10:39 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

I feel for these people but why is it OK to take form people who had nothing to do with it???? Why would my hard earned tax dollars pay for this? It makes no sense. Stop squandering our money - tards!

December 09 2010 at 9:31 AM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to vicbar88's comment

Your tax dollars are paying for this because your/our government, it's departments and agents have been guilty of misconduct in discharge of their duties! If the federal government came to your back yard and took your property with a total disregard for laws and regulations would you feel that you should be compensated for the loss?

December 09 2010 at 10:37 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Tom- the reason you can't sue the government is becasue of something called sovreign immunity. Yes- the government can come in my backyard and conficate my land- that's called imminent domain. This payment was never made because it's not constitutional. Everyone would sue the government if it were permissable.

December 09 2010 at 8:58 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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