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Congress poised to pay on Indian, black farmer lawsuits

A House vote expected as early as Tuesday would complete congressional action and send the measure to President Barack Obama, whose administration brokered settlements over the past year.

A House vote expected as early as Tuesday would complete congressional action and send the measure to President Barack Obama, whose administration brokered settlements over the past year.

The package would award some $1.2 billion to African-Americans who claim they tried to farm in recent decades but were denied loans and other assistance from the Agriculture Department. Another $3.4 billion would go to American Indians who have battled in court for nearly 15 years over claims they were cheated out of royalties overseen by the Interior Department for resources like oil, gas and timber.

See Ben Evan's L.A. Times article for more.

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