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Help Being Sought For Race Riot Survivors

The U.S. Congress wants to give elderly survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot more time to sue the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma. However, the bill to extend the statute of limitations may not make it to a vote.

The riot destroyed Tulsa's Greenwood district, which was once known as the Black Wall Street. Many of those involved with the proposed legislation agree quick action is needed on the proposal because of the advanced age of the survivors of the riot.

A lawsuit filed by survivors in 2004 was dismissed in federal court because of the statute of limitations.

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry is declining comment until he sees the bill in its final form.

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6/28/2000 Legislature Approves Race Riot Commission Funding

1/26/2001 Riot Panel's Final Report Stresses Reparations

2/22/2001 Riot Commission Prepares To Turn Over Final Report

3/1/2001 Race Riot Report Urges Reparations

6/4/2001 Riot Anniversary Brings Call For Action

8/8/2001 Group Seeks Action On Riot Reparations

2/24/2003 Tulsa Race Riot Reparation Lawsuit Filed

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9/30/2003 Extension Granted In Tulsa Race Riot Lawsuit

12/16/2003 Race Riot Survivors Argue Against Dismissal

3/22/2004 Federal Judge Dismisses Tulsa Race Riot Case

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12/14/2004 Appeals Court Refuses To Grant Rehearing In Tulsa Race Riot Lawsuit

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