September 07, 2011
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Native American farmers in northeastern Oklahoma are invited to attend a brief series of informational meetings with representatives from the Keepseagle v. USDA settlement case. Hosted by Cherokee Nation, the class action lawsuit representatives will be available on Sept. 13–15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tsalagi Community room, behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees at Cherokee Nation’s tribal complex in Tahlequah.
The Keepseagle v. USDA settlement representatives will be providing Native American farmers with information to file discrimination claims against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for denying them equal access to credit in the USDA Farm Loan Program.
A $760 million settlement with the USDA was reached in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack class action lawsuit. The lawsuit claimed that the USDA denied thousands of Native American farmers and ranchers the same opportunities as white farmers who attempted to get a farm loan. The lawsuit includes all Native American farmers and ranchers who attempted to farm between Jan. 1, 1981 and Nov. 24, 1999 while trying to secure a loan from the USDA. Farmers must have also filed an oral or written complaint about discrimination to a USDA representative or a tribal government. Native American farmers who qualify as a class member may be eligible for a payment of up to $50,000 or more and forgiveness of some or all outstanding USDA loans.
For more information about the Keepseagle v. Vilsack class action lawsuit visit www.indianfarmclass.com. For directions to the meeting locations, please call 888-233-5506.
Click here to download a flyer containing information regarding claims filing assistance:TahlequahOK-W11.pdf
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