August 30, 2018

Christine Webber, a Partner in Cohen Milstein’s Civil Rights & Employment practice will speak on the radio station Native America Calling: Your National Electronic Talking Circle on the program, “A New Fund for Native Farmers,” airing at 1:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Ms. Webber will join Janie Hipp, Executive Director of the Native American Agriculture Fund, and Porter Holder, one of the lead plaintiffs in Keepseagle v. Vilsack.

The discussion will focus on the creation of The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), a $266 million trust, and the additional funding of 34 Native American agricultural initiatives, totaling $38 million, which were made possible by monies left over from the landmark $760 million settlement in Keepseagle v. Vilsack, a historic nationwide discrimination class action lawsuit brought by Native American ranchers and farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture more than 19 years ago. Cohen Milstein was lead counsel in this lawsuit.

The NAAF is the largest charitable organization serving the Native American community. Its purpose is to administer grants that support and promote Native American ranching and farming.

Ms. Webber, Ms. Hipp and Mr. Holder will discuss what these grants might mean for Native American agriculture.

More information about the radio program can be accessed here.