Philanthropy News Digest | August 14, 2018
“A decades-long battle to resolve claims that the U.S. Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against Native American farmers and ranchers has come to an end with the establishment of a trust that will distribute $266 million from a 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay $680 million in damages for nearly twenty years of systematic discrimination in the awarding of farm loans.”
Agri-Pulse | August 13, 2018
“The largest Native American philanthropic institution in history has been set up to distribute $266 million awarded to Indian farmers and ranchers as part of a 2011 settlement with USDA.”
Washington Post | August 13, 2018
“The largest U.S. philanthropy serving Native American farmers and ranchers has been established to distribute $266 million from a landmark 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay for almost 20 years of official discrimination, court filings show.”
Press release | August 13, 2018
Trustees recently met to launch the new Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF). The NAAF is an outgrowth of the long-standing Keepseagle v. Vilsack case which spent more than 18 years in federal litigation.