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Judge weighs fate of $380 million left over in 2010 Native American farm suit


Native American farmers asked a federal judge Thursday to fix the “monumental” failure of a landmark civil rights settlement that has left $380 million — more than half the total — unclaimed after the U.S. government agreed to pay the farmers for years of official discrimination.

The government in 2010 committed $680 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit by thousands of Native American farmers and ranchers. The suit filed in 1999 alleged that the Agriculture Department discriminated against Native Americans in loan programs from 1981 to 1999.


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