Blackfoot farmers can sue over USDA loan, judge says

By Andrew Westney (January 20, 2022, 8:13 PM EST) – A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday dismissed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s attempt to evade allegations by members of the Blackfeet tribe that the department discriminated against them by wrongfully withholding nearly $900,000 in farm loans and other aid.

Robert and Joan Wellman, along with Daniel and Alcinda Barcus, who farm and ranch on land they own on the Blackfeet Reservation, hit officials with the USDA and its Glacier County Agricultural Services Agency in March. with a complaint alleging the government violated equal credit opportunity. Act by making it more difficult for them to obtain financial aid during the reconfiguration of agencies…

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