WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed landmark legislation to
pay for some $4.6 billion in settlements with American Indians and
black farmers who say they faced discrimination and mistreatment
from the government.
Lawmakers voted 256-152 to send the measure to President Barack
Obama, whose administration brokered the settlements over the past
The package would award some $3.4 billion to American Indians over claims they were cheated out of royalties overseen by the Interior Department for resources like oil, gas and timber. Another $1.2 billion would go to African-Americans who claim they were unfairly denied loans and other assistance from the Agriculture Department.
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