Cases pit Native American sovereignty against NLRB authority

NLRB challenges policies at tribe-owned casinos on Native American land

Are Native Americans subject to the authority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), or does tribes’ right to self-government come first?

That’s the question being tested by several cases challenging tribal casinos. On Tuesday, the NLRB admonished Michigan’s Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for preventing workers at its casino from talking about unionizing. The National Labor Relations Act bans such a policy. Or it would, if the tribe was subject to it.

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