House clears Indian, black farmer settlements
By Ben Evans|Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON – American Indian landowners and black farmers who for years have waited for Washington to address their claims of government mistreatment won a hard-fought victory Tuesday as Congress cleared legislation to pay the groups $4.6 billion to settle a pair of historic class-action lawsuits.
The measure passed the House in a 256-152 vote and now goes to President Barack Obama, who promised during his campaign to work toward resolving the long-standing disputes and others involving the government’s past discrimination against minorities.
In a statement, Obama applauded the bill’s passage and said he would continue working to resolve other lingering complaints of historic discrimination, including from women and Hispanic farmers.
Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe from Browning, Mont., and lead plaintiff in the Indian case, called it a “historic day in Indian country as well as in America’s history.”
“A monumental step has been taken to remove a stain on our national honor and create a better future for Indians as our government begins to make some amends for grave past injustices,” she said.
The package would award some $3.4 billion to American Indians over claims they were cheated out of royalties overseen by the Interior Department for resources like oil, gas and timber. Another $1.2 billion would go to African-Americans who claim they were unfairly denied loans and other assistance from the Agriculture Department.
So where is Shirley Sherrod’s involvement?…..Shirley Sherrod speaks on black farmers
Within minutes of appearing before the Battle Creek community to discuss rural farming and minorities in agriculture Tuesday night, Shirley Sherrod, former Georgia state director of rural development for the United States Department of Agriculture, heard the news she had been dreaming about for at least a decade.
Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives gave final Congressional approval to a bill that would provide more than $4.55 billion to settle tens of thousands of longstanding claims brought by African-American farmers and American Indians.
This settlement provides $1.15 billion to African Americans left out of a 1999 settlement of a lawsuit, Pigford v. Glickman, which Sherrod referred to passionately during opening comments at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation discuss of the plight of black farmers in America.
“Sixty-thousand-plus farmers have been waiting all this time to get their claims filed, and I’m just really happy that we’re finally getting to the point where something is happening,” Sherrod said after speaking to a crowd of 130 people.
” I am a Black Farmer who was Screwed Over!”
What began as an reparations case in the late nineties with a small number of African American farmers, estimated around 16,000, has grown incredibly to 94,000. Are there or where there 94,000 black farmers between the years of 1981 to 1996? Extremely doubtful. These huge numbers seem indicative of massive run for a cash grab, free money for the “disenfranchised,” offered in the form of redistribution of wealth, taxpayers wealth, by the Obama administration.
So how did these numbers which began infinitesimally small then suddenly grew gargantuan?
The mad rush for “free money” started with this:
If you or a family member is an African-American farmer who tried to participate in the ”Black Farmer Settlement”, but had the claim denied due to its being “late” please contact our offices immediately. Proposed new legislation may give the opportunity to have ”late Pigford” or ”late Black Farmer Settlement” claims heard.
If you are a “black farmer” who:
- Farmed, or attempted to farm, between January 1, 1981 and December 31, 1996;
- Applied to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during that time period for participation in a federal farm credit or benefit program and believe that you were discriminated against on the basis of race in USDA’s response to that application;
- Filed a discrimination complaint on or before July 1, 1997, regarding USDA’s treatment of such farm credit or benefit application; and
- Previously submitted a late-filing request under the Pigford settlement.
Then, you may benefit from legislation pending in Washington, D.C. Please use the contact form below to see how we may be able to help you. – Black Farmer Claims.com
Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and yes, Shirley Sherrod want to stick American taxpayers with another gigantic bill for billions we do not have.
Suing the United States government is not an easy task, and yet this government settled this suit without proof of indiscretion.
Discrimination was never proven, only alleged.
We will looking into the Sherrod connection further….