By: Andrew Krammer
The U.S. Senate has approved $1.15 billion to settle discrimination claims brought by black farmers against the Agriculture Department more than a decade ago, CNN reported.
The senate also approved $3.4 billion for American Indians who said the Interior Department had been swindling them out of royalties since the 19th century, USA Today reported.
To pay for the settlements, the money would be taken from a surplus in nutrition programs for women and children and by extending customs user fees.
Cases include the 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department, which was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge's terms dating to 1999, qualified black farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.