UKB Providing Lawyers for <i>Keepseagle</i> Claimants

UKB Providing Lawyers for Keepseagle Claimants


The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is looking to make sure any claimants that may have questions about their settlements from the Keepseagle v. Vilsack case has a chance to receive answers.

From November 14 to November 17, the tribe will host lawyers from the case who will provide free, in-person legal assistance to claimants at the UKB Wellness Center at the UKB Complex south of Tahlequah.

The settlement has claimants receiving up to $50,000 and debt forgiveness if approved as part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s payment of $680 million and $80 million in loan forgiveness to American Indian farmers and ranchers. This is in response to loans or loan servicing from the USDA between 1981 and 1999 where loans or servicing were not received.

December 27 is the filing deadline for claimants and the lawyers are hoping to help those who may be eligible. Claimants should bring their tribal roll card or CDIB card. Other methods can be established if this documentation is not available. Claims can be made on behalf of a deceased relative by the next of kin or legal representatives of the estate.

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Submitted by candyo on
The people at Cohen Milstein assured me that if I filed on the Wheat farm that my family owned from the 1930's until my mother walked on from cancer in 1998 that we would not be discriminated against... That is not true, my daughter got suspended from school because of her race and ethnicity and she also, did not get to play volleyball in which she was their team captain. We are in a public school not an Native School and their are children of all cultures. I feel that we have been targeted because we filed against the USDA. The man they sold the farm to was a White family in Enid, Oklahoma who had leased my mom's farm when she was too sick to work it. Then, when I tried to get a USDA loan they denied us and at the time we had good credit. The man who bought it his brother Lyle Roggow was the House of REpresentative for Oklahoma and he has funnelled over $500,000.00 worth of AG and Farm Subsidies. I don't appreciate the prejudice against me and my kids since we filed this claim. My mom had her farm paid off because her dad (Cherokee) died on an oil well rig when it blew up. My mother was only an infant and Sinclair Oil and GAs gave her and my grandma a settlement which they used to pay off the farm. Sinclair oil is now BP oil Company which had the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexican and several men lost their lives. I filed a claim a few weeks ago and now they are retailiating against me and my children.