October 20, 2010

Settlement of Class Action Filed by American Indian Farmers Will Create New Federal Ombuds Program

A class action lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture by Native American farmers alleging discrimination from 1981 to 1999. According to the terms of the settlement, which is expected to be confirmed by the federal court, a new Ombuds program will be created to address farm program issues relating to Native American farmers and ranchers as well as all other socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

Details of the new USDA Ombuds program were not provided, but a Classical Ombuds program is expected. (USDA News Release.)

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