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Indian ranchers seek settlement of lawsuit

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Basil Alkire spent untold hours waiting in vain for a chance to meet with an official who would sit down and renegotiate the terms of his ranching loan.

The hoped-for meeting never came, and Alkire had to give up ranching near Fort Yates, N.D., on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and work as a maintenance man to support his six children.

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