Native American Heritage Month Profiles: Russell Denny

Russell Denny

Throughout Native American Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Native Americans have made to the labor movement and toward expanding the rights of working people. Today's profile features Russell Denny of the United Steelworkers (USW).

Russell Denny, an electrician and instrument technician at Elk Petroleum, serves as unit recording secretary of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 12-477. Denny and his fellow workers at Elk Petroleum attended the union’s first gathering of Indigenous members in the U.S., where activists from numerous tribes exchanged ideas on how unions can improve their responsiveness to issues important to Native American members, communities and peoples.