Cole Applauds Passage of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017
January 10, 2018
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed S. 140, the Tribal Labor, Water and Lands Package. This legislative measure packages three critical bills that promote tribal self-governance over tribal resources, lands and business regulations. Included in this package is the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, of which Cole is an original co-sponsor of.
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017 ensures that the National Labor Relations Act does not apply to any enterprise or institution owned and operated by an Indian tribe and located on tribal land. It prevents the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from using wrongful jurisdiction over tribal businesses that operate on tribal lands. This will allow tribes to establish their own labor relations standards, uphold tribal sovereignty and protect self-governance on tribal lands.
“For almost 14 years, my colleagues and I have fought to protect tribes from the federal overreach of the National Labor Relations Board and to return their original exempt status from the National Labor Relations Act established more than 80 years ago,” said Cole. “The subjective practices that the NLRB has imposed on tribal businesses the past 14 years severely violates the right that tribes have to self-governance and sovereignty. The passage of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act will restore the authority previously afforded to tribes to self-govern commercial activity on their own lands, as well as protect and respect their right to sovereignty.”
To read more on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017, please click here.