Native American Steel Gangs
Presenter: Fred Friedman
Sparks, SAR Boardroom
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 3:00–4:00 pm, $5 admission fee
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.