The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an historic agreement to settle a decade-long class action lawsuit known as Keepseagle v. Vilsack, wherein Native American farmers and ranchers alleged discrimination in the USDA’s farm loan program dating back to 1981. Under the agreement, the USDA will pay $680 millionRead More →

Eric Eberhard, Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner in Residence at the Seattle University Center for Indian Law and Policy, has published an 862-page treatise on the principles and issues involved in Tribal trust lands. The treatise was produced in conjunction with the University’s law conference entitled “Perspectives on Tribal Land AcquisitionsRead More →

Statement by the President on H.R. 4783 Today I have signed into law H.R. 4783, the “Claims Resolution Act of 2010.” This Act, among other things, provides funding and statutory authorities for the settlement agreements reached in the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans; the Pigford II lawsuit, brought byRead More →

With President Obama’s recent signing of the Cobell lawsuit settlement approval legislation, the 15+ year legal effort to secure financial compensation for Native Americans in the courts finally reached conclusion. That landmark event is, however, more of a “beginning” than the end of the work to deliver long-overdue compensation toRead More →

Tribal Environmental Regulatory Enhancement The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requests proposals for Environmental Regulatory Enhancement. This RFP will the support the development, enforcement, and monitoring of tribal environmental quality and regulatory programs. $750K expected to be available, up to 5 awards anticipated. Responses due 4/1/11. For moreRead More →