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Steel Gangs, Native American Railroad Workers in New Mexico 1880 to the Present

Course number : 19952   ID : 88507    Class Section : FAA-PE
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The tracks of dozens of rail companies can be found in almost every county in New Mexico and Arizona.  Construction and maintenance of those tracks was, and remains today, difficult and dangerous work. While a variety of ethnic groups have been employed to construct rail lines, Native American ‘steel gangs’ are routinely identified by railroad managers as being the best at what they did.  Among the numerous Native people who served as rail workers, the stories of Laguna Pueblo and Navajo Nation trackmen are as distinct as they are fascinating. This presentation describes what is entailed in railway track construction and tells how Native workers sustained their customs, lifestyles and family lives while working hundreds of miles from home under difficult conditions. 

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Fri

CE South Building

Fred Friedman 



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Registration Closes On
Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/18/2019 - 10/18/2019 Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Albuquerque, CE South Building  Map, Room: 110 Fred Friedman