On February 9, 2007, the United States Court
of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit affirmed the National Labor Relations
Board’s application of federal labor
law to the San Manuel Indian Bingo &
Casino in California. In doing so, the Appeals Court ruled
that application of the National Labor Relations Act to the
Casino did not impair the tribal sovereignty of the San
Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, which owns and
operates the Casino on its reservation in San Bernardino
County, California. The decision will have enormous ramifications
on tribal efforts in response to the concerted
efforts of Unite HERE and other labor organizations to
organize unions at casinos. This article explains these consequences.
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