WASHINGTON D.C. – As part of the claims-filing process, attorneys appointed by the court will hold meetings around the country to provide assistance to Native American farmers and ranchers who wish to file a claim in the $760 million Keepseagle class action settlement. The settlement resolves a lawsuit claiming the the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against Native Americans in farm loan applications and servicing.
Over the past six months, Native American farmers and ranchers around the country received information about their legal rights and options by postal mail and through print and radio notices. Class members who want to file a claim for cash and loan forgiveness must file their claims by Dec. 27, 2011.
Class members can get free assistance in filing a claim at meetings that will be held around the country this Summer and Fall.
There will be meetings in this area in the Dome Room of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Building in Fort Hall, ID on October 18-20 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Class members who have already registered for a Claims Package will receive a schedule of meetings with that package. The complete schedule of Claims Filing Meetings is also available on the Indian Farm Class website or by calling 888-233-5506.
The website schedule indicates meetings held in Utah and Nevada have already occurred. It does provide meetings yet to take place, Oct. 11, 12 and 13 in Arizona. Consult the website for Indian Farm Class website for Claims Filing Meetings in other states.
Class members wishing to register to receive a Claims Package can do so through the website or toll-free number by writing to Keepseagle Settlement Administrator, P. O. Box 3560, Portland, Oregon 97208-3560.
Contact: Class Counsel: Joseph Sellers and Christine Webber, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Washington D.C. 202-408-4600. http://222.cohenmilstein.com