Obama signs law for Indian tribes, black farmers
Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama has signed landmark
legislation to pay American Indian landowners and black farmers
$4.6 billion to address claims of government mistreatment over many
At a signing ceremony at the White House the president declared,
"It's finally time to make things right."
Obama promised during his campaign to work toward resolving
disputes over the government's past discrimination against
minorities. The measure he signed Wednesday settles a pair of
long-standing class-action lawsuits.
Some Republicans have likened the black farmers program to
"modern-day reparations" for African-Americans and argue that the
claims process is rife with fraud. Administration officials say the
bill includes safeguards to prevent fraud.