Indian farmers hold rally
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OCTOBER 31, 2000

Indian farmers held a rally outside the headquarters of the United States Department of Agriculture on Monday, protesting discrimination within the agency.

Several hundred Indian farmers are part of a billion dollar lawsuit against the USDA for alleged discrimination. A judge will hear arguments today to decide if the lawsuit can be expanded to a class action one involving tens of thousands of Indian farmers.

African-American farmers settled a discrimination lawsuit against the USDA in 1999.

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Native American Farmers Class Action Lawsuit
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Guide to USDA Programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives -