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.