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American Indian Farmers Have More Land, Less Cash


Society & Culture  (tags: Native American, farmers, money, culture, government )

Lone
- 1778 days ago - nytimes.com
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- In his 60 years on the farm, Milton Sovo Jr. has raised everything from peanuts and wheat to cattle and horses in southwestern Oklahoma. At about 1,100 acres, his spread is about triple the size of the typical U.S. farm



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Alice C. (1797)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 6:45 am
That is the same for all farmers...I had to lay off 5 workers because of the economy...too much money has left and is leaving the US.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 6:47 am
Almost all of the local farmers here where I live...have suffered loss in 2009.
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Dandelion G. (387)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 9:00 am
But relatively few get government aid -- only 13 percent, compared to 39 percent of white farmers.

The Federal Government stuck the Indians on the less desirable land and now, even today, still offers the least for the Most it took away from these people.
 

JULIE ANN Z. (247)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 9:02 am
it is so disgusting how the american indian is still being so mistreated
you would think by now our government would have learned to treat all our citizens fairly.
it is disgusting that the anmerican indian has to suffer continued injustice while others profit from our government. illegal aliens get more help, rights, and justice than our own citizens
 

Deborah O. (98)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 9:16 am
Factory farms can get government help, tax breaks, etc. even in years when they post record profits and are guilty of numerous violations. What does our government have against the real farmers, those who actually love the land? What does our government have against native American farmers, besides the fact that they still have some land of their own that hasn't yet been stolen from them? Do our lawmakers resent the fact that native American farmers don't have deep pocket lobbyists to entertain them lavishly, contribute to their campaign coffers and tell them how to vote? Do we even have to ask?
 

Shevlin R. (10)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 9:32 am
"The Farm Service Agency for nearly a decade has paid for a National Tribal Development Association program that works with farmers in 250 tribes in 28 states, helping them apply for loans." Why is that program even necessary? More separation and control under the sheep's clothing of help.

"Program administrator Lou Anne Kling said it has helped American Indian farmers get nearly $37 million in loans in the past decade." $37 million divided by 10 equals $3.7 million. Divide that amongst the recipients and you end up with a token pittance.

Finally, why is that class action lawsuit10 years old? It will be interesting to see if Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is truly as committed as he says.
 

kathryn cook (628)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 11:15 am
ty for this informative post
 

SuS NoMail Plez P. (244)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 11:21 am
ThankX Terry, Noted!
 

Ge M. (218)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 1:08 pm
I believe that this is an inbuilt hate, possibly because of guilt. People do not want to see that they have abused and ill treated Native Americans so by ignoring them they hope that the problem will go away.

It s actually something that I understand, being Jewish. People tell me that the UK does not accept or condone racism and will take someone to court for this. I have reported it to the responsible people to deal with it and they have failed to respond. I have seen this time and time again in the US to the extent that I believe that there is a clause in the Constitution excluding Native Americans. Let's hope that it is deleted soon.
 

Peggy A. (109)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 1:39 pm
The economy is hurting us all
 

. (0)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 6:20 pm
God Bless everybody i live one day at a time because i don't want to worry and have another stroke
 

Janice Lawrence (43)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:52 pm
The slights go on and on.
 

Good Bye (43)
Friday January 15, 2010, 7:09 pm
The indigenous people of the North American Continent have been struggling against European Immigrants since 1492. They were treated shamefully from the beginning, and it continues to this day. The reason the truth isn't taught in schools is that these truths are way too embarrassing to the white man.
 

Kirsty Robson (3)
Friday January 15, 2010, 7:18 pm
Thanks for the post :-)
 
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