Law may hurt farmers' lawsuit
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DECEMBER 19, 2000

A law passed in 1999 may result in a $19 billion discrimination lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture being thrown out.

The law would require the Native Americans suing the USDA to show that they have filed a written complaint, says the Justice Department, who is representing the USDA. A lawyer for the farmers, however, says they only had to notify, and not necessarily in writing, that they had a complaint.

About 700 farmers are currently represented in the suit.

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Relevant Links:
Native American Farmers Class Action Lawsuit
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation -
TheUnited States Department of Agriculture -
The Farm Service Agency, USDA -
Civil Rights, USDA -
Guide to USDA Programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives -