December 1st, 2010
11:00 AM ET

House approves measure funding black farmers' settlement

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a $1.15 billion measure to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.

The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department over claims of discrimination against black farmers was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge's terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.

The legislation passed Tuesday also funds a separate $3.4 billion settlement reached with the Department of Interior for mishandling Native American trust funds, along with four separate water rights lawsuits brought by Native American tribes. It had been approved by the Senate and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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    The hurt from the discrimination as my father and many other black farmers suffered growing up in alabama and other southern states still hurt's today. my father couldn't get a loan to even farm his own land,He and his twelve (12) children had to farm the white land owner farm,even at at that it wasn't EVEN. THANK,S

    December 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  2. larry

    This settlement was long overdue, our government needs to move faster in action like this. We need not play for political gains for the sake of selfish greed, as so often happens between both parties. There are too many rich folk in office who do not know or care truly about those they are elected to serve, people need to elect less of them.

    Larry J. King
    Washington, DC

    December 2, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    Give the farmers what they are entitled to. What is it taking so long anyway. Our farmers have worked so hard and done without so long, so please do the right thing. I am from a family of farmers and this is some hard work and give justice sometime without such a long delay.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:11 am |
  4. Maisha H. from Brooklyn, Ny

    Honestly, I feel as a young African American woman that POLITICS as we know it is getting totally out of hand. The truth is these Rep. knew OUR HISTORY and they dont want the world to know the truth that the land belongs to us reguardless of whats going on in this CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT. And whom ever reads this should know the history abt slavery and what blacks had to fight for and we're still fighting for things that BELONG TO US, things that ORIGINATED FROM US. Maybe You should read the books by JOHN PERKINS. You should get a better understanding of how the government has plans to ELIMINATE the black race.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm |