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New Occasional Paper:

By David G. Schwartz on September 4, 2018 3:15 PM | Permalink

New paper posted on the Papers page:

Paper 43: August 2018
Colleen O'Neill. "Civil Rights or Sovereignty Rights? Understanding the Historical Conflict between Native Americans and Organized Labor"

Unions have played important roles in Indigenous struggles in Latin America and in campaigns that fueled civil rights movements in the United States, including efforts to organize agricultural, hospitality, and health care workers. But, Native Americans have had less of a connection with organized labor. Indeed, in the current climate, labor and tribes seemed to be locked in an adversarial relationship. Tribal leaders see unions as a threat to their sovereignty. Unions, such as Unite-HERE and the United Food and Commercial Workers, clearly see their rights to organize as part of a larger civil rights struggle. Examining struggles between tribal governments and unions (that largely represent workers of color) reveals how distinct historical experience produced divergent types of political strategies and notions of citizenship.

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