The claims process in the Keepseagle class action settlement is still open – says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack’s Senior Adviser for Tribal Relations Janie Hipp. Keepseagle is a lawsuit alleging discrimination by USDA against Native American farmers and ranchers through the farm loan program. It was settled late last year – and the filing period opened on June 29th. Hipp says Native American farmers and ranchers who believe they are entitled funds under the Keepseagle settlement must file a claim by December 27th to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness.

Up to 760-million dollars is available in monetary relief, debt relief and tax relief to successful claimants. There are two tracks for claims – Successful Track A and B. In Track A – claimants may receive up to 50-thousand dollars and in Track B claimants may receive up to 250-thousand dollars. Track B relies on a higher standard of proof than Track A.

The Keepseagle class counsel is holding numerous meetings until the deadline to assist Track A claimants fill out a claims package. For dates and times of the meetings – go to www dot indianfarmclass dot com (http://www.indianfarmclass.com/). To reach a claimant services representative – call 888-233-5506.

NAFB News Service