Native American Steel Gangs

Presenter: Fred Friedman

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 3:00–4:00 pm, $5 admission fee

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Photographs by unknown, courtesy of the NM Photo Archives and the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives.

Native American Steel Gangs

Photographs by unknown, courtesy of the NM Photo Archives and the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives.

Two documents frame the importance of Native American railroad workers. The Navajo treaty of 1868 admonished the Navajo from interference with railroad construction passing through their lands. Nearly ninety years later, the August 1957 Congressional Record lauded their skill and accomplishment as masters of railroad construction and maintenance. Historian Fred Friedman traces the origin, development, and present status of Native American railroad laborers, providing the perspective of both track workers and railroad management.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis - register online here.

For additional information call (505) 954-7245 or visit sparks.sarweb.org.

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