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For many people, Labor Day has become nothing more than a day off work at the end of the summer. But let's not forget the hard work of hundreds of thousands of workers who fought for the basic rights we have today. Weekends, anyone?


Just so you're aware, we weren't able to verify a couple of these statistics. 1880 might be a little early to say half of the states were observing Labor Day, and there's some dispute over how many people were killed during the 1933 cotton strike. But we still think it's pretty awesome.

This week, a Supreme Court ruling has acknowledged that, at least for the sake of federal criminal prosecutions, most of the eastern half of Oklahoma belongs to the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Tribe. The ruling enforces treaties made in the 19th century, despite objections from state and federal governments, and upholds the sovereignty of the Muscogee to prosecute crimes committed by tribe members within their own lands.

The U.S. government has a long and storied history of breaking treaties with Native American tribes, and Indigenous communities have suffered greatly because of those broken promises.

Stacy Leeds, a former Cherokee Nation Supreme Court justice and former special district court judge for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, described the ruling in an article on Slate:

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