Black farmer head wants part of Indian settlement

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The president of the National Black Farmers Association says he's owed $8 million for lobbying Congress to fund a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native American landowners who were swindled out of royalties.

John Boyd has filed a lawsuit seeking $8 million, saying the attorneys in the Native American class-action settlement recruited him but never shared in the $99 million they received in attorney's fees.

The settlement was the result of a 1996 lawsuit filed by Elouise Cobell of Browning, Montana.

The Indians' settlement was combined with a $1.15 billion settlement of discrimination claims by black farmers on the same appropriations bill in 2010.

The Cobell attorneys say they had no work agreement with Boyd and that Boyd was primarily lobbying for the funding bill's passage on behalf of the black farmers.

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