Skip to comments.Senate Approves $4.6B for Black Farmers, Indians
Posted on 11/19/2010 4:36:28 PM PST by Dallas59
WASHINGTON The Senate has approved almost $4.6 billion to settle long-standing claims brought by American Indians and black farmers against the government.
The money has been held up for months in the Senate as Democrats and Republicans squabbled over how to pay for it. The two class action lawsuits were filed over a decade ago.
The settlements include almost $1.2 billion for black farmers who say they suffered discrimination at the hands of the Agriculture Department. Also, $3.4 billion would go to Indian landowners who claim they were swindled out of royalties by the Interior Department. The legislation was approved in the Senate by voice vote Friday and sent to the House.
Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe from Browning, Mont. and the lead plaintiff in the Indian case, said Friday that it took her breath away when she found out the Senate had passed the bill. She was feeling despondent after the chamber had tried and failed to pass the legislation many times and two people who would have been beneficiaries had died on her reservation this week.
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remind me, who are the slaves?
As a member of the smallest minority in the world (natural redheads) I certainly want my take! We even own some actual land we could farm....
Why aren’t sovereign immunity laws in place to protect taxpayers from this kind of crap.
The bill passed Friday would be partially paid for by diverting dollars from a surplus in nutrition programs for women and children and by extending customs user fees.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said with the passage of the Cobell settlement: “This is a day that will be etched in our memories and our history books.”
Pigford reparations ping!
What? This passed today?
Yet these same turds want to CUT money for the military.
I’m a little ignorant on this subject, how many black and or farmers could there have been? And why were ALL of them discriminated against? I don’t understand ....
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Sounds an awful lot like the Pigford scandal that Andrew Breitbart has been discussing lately.
So what republicans voted for this. Do we have a Bill# ?
This was supposed to have gone thru intensive review before the awards. Mainly because there were bogus farmers and faked documents. But hurry, hurry, get it through before Darrel Issa can get his hands on it.
Where’s my take???
For pete’s sake can’t you at least wait until they pass the Food Control Bill?
I like your minority club...I too am in that minority. Another $4.6 B for us please!
how about us farm kids who had to milk cows.. Now we like to pull the hair out of our noses in our old age because as kids we had to milk cows before going to school and the smell of lactation on our hands precluded normal kids activities of "nose picking". Then of course we had to help milking when we got home....well figure out the rest of the story of child neglect....
This just proves that the pubs in the senate and congress are still monumental moral cowards!
Everyone who has studied this Pigsford case knows that it is a damn scam and riddled with fraud and corruption!
This is damn ridiculous. They have already paid this before. Every black person that was discriminated against could be paid a million and it would not cost us near this much. This is a rip off.
AND I want a big screen TV and rims!
Is there any requirement to PROVE you were a black farmer, or do they just show up?
I score if I’m really well tanned. SHOW ME THE MONEY!
to settle long-standing claims brought by American Indians and black farmers against the governmentThanks Dallas59.
Well I can see settling up the treaties with the Indians, but shouldn’t the black farmers be getting an acre of land and a mule?
Just think of the 30% Lawyer's cut.
>> Democrats and Republicans squabbled over how to pay for it.
My guess they agreed to use tax dollars.
Please tell me why ANY Republican is voting ‘yes’ on ANY bill while Senator Kirk remains unseated? Of the three Senators who were to be seated immediately following the election (Manchin, Coons, and Kirk), both Democrats have been sworn in and are now voting while the one Republican watches from the sidelines while a Democrat casts votes on his behalf. Why in the hell are Republicans letting them get away with this? They’ve got 41 votes right now. Shut it down until Kirk is seated and Burris is removed.
Yeah. Of your great-grandchildren.
I thought it was left-handed redheads...
They don't have to be farmers to collect.
This is actually a back-door reparations scam.
Most blacks collecting from this second round of payments are city and town dwellers whose closest encounter with a farm was a bucket of KFC chicken.
All they have to do to collect is say they would have liked to be farmers but never pursued it because they knew they would be discriminated against on the basis of their skin color.
Is your REAL last name Soetoro?
Yeah; sorta like "Judge, I was gonna buy a Lottery ticket, but....."
Any YOU WIN!
I’m ambi—I’ve got it covered both ways—LOL!
this reminds me of what that negro congress woman was doing with federal funds for education....steering them to her relatives and friends..... !! discrimination by any other color....
I know why the Indians got together in this with the Negroes... to get money from the feds! The Indians have been shafted enough by Americans, both negroes and whites.... they finally figured how how politics is played...
There are numbers that prove they are claiming way more black farmers than the department of agriculture has EVER had on record as existing. Make no mistake ... this is all about reparations that could not pass any other way.
Why settle? Let them go to court, and then try and collect.
Because it is a payoff...they are buying votes!
I am an Indian Black farmer, I get double!!
I say lets pass reparations. Give every poor minority a million dollars. It ends the discussion forever, and is a drop in the bucket compared to the deficit anyway.
Within 6 months, every dollar given in reparations will be spent in the economy. The recipients will be poor again, but at least it will give a temporary boost to the economy.
As Neal Boortz sais, the rich are rich because they do things that make them rich, and vice versa.
Where’s mine??? My Great Grandmother escaped the Trail of Tears. I want payment FOR LIFE......including my spawn. /s
Why don’t you ask for air-pressure activated, low rider shocks while your at it? And fluffy dice? You can’t eat fluffy dice when the government finally runs out of money!
Thank god it’s not racist. :)
“Hispanic and women farmers also have cases pending against the department”
For the life of me, with food stamps and welfare, unearned EEO jobs etc. they have already been paid, except for the Native Americans LOL
I’ve never seen a black farmer before. I also live in a rural area surrounded by family farms. Plenty of blacks live around here.
The only thing to understand about this is that this is a payoff to more minorities to get their votes. The money will be distributed in ways to maximize negro and Indian voting for dems. There really is NOTHING else to understand about it.
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