Native American History

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Native American History Web Sites

A comprehensive site for Native American studies

Index of Native American Resources on the Web
Many categories of links from WWW Virtual Library -- American Indians

The Earliest Americans
The National Park Service asked the Society for American Archaeology to lead an initiative to nominate archeological sites as National Historic Landmarks. This website highlights historic contexts related to Early American archeological sites for regions east of the Mississippi.

First Nations Histories
Provides a geographic overview of First Nation (Indian) histories as well as a location list of native tribes in the United States and Canada. Has a search function as well.

Native American Documents Project(Cal State)
This project was begun in 1992 by Prof. E.A. Schwartz to develop methods for making documents of federal Indian policy history accessible by computer. This site includes a number of indexes and explanatory articles as well as a search engine.

Native American Links
The Native American Links is a collection of Native American literature, history, and art resources; this anthology has been designed for college-level world cultures or civilizations courses, but is meant as a resource for educators and individuals of all levels.

The West (PBS)
A worthwhile supplement to Ken Burn's documentary. Has a timeline, glossary, biographies, a photo gallery, maps, documents, and more. A great general site on the West and Native Americans in the West

WestWeb: Western History (CUNY)
West Web is a topically organized site that offers an introduction to the era, primary and secondary sources, teaching guides, images, links to related sites, biographies, and bibliographical resources

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities, and more

Cultures Collide: Lesson Plan
This lesson plan focuses on the conflicts that arise between Native Americans and American citizens. Students will research how each group views the land and how cultural conflict is not confined to the United States. This is a PBS lesson plan intended for middle school students. PBS recommends the purchase of the film A Falconer's Memoir to go along with the plan.

Teacher Lesson Plan: Reservation Controversies
The LOC has provided this lesson plan that centers on reservation controversies. The lesson plan lets students discover how hard it is to define certain terms and how these terms are often the source of conflict.

Declarations of Independence: Exploring American Indian Rights to Self-Governance
In this New York Times lesson, students will examine what they know about American Indians past and present, then research key issues facing American Indian tribes today. To synthesize their learning, students will write letters taking the perspective of an American Indian examining questions of tribe recognition.(November 25, 2002)

Native Americans - Searching for Knowledge and Understanding
In this middle school lesson students will study Native Americans in order to become familiar with the contributions to and influences on American society particularly, but not exclusively, in the Western region of the United States. This lesson will focus on some of the cultural history, writings and symbols of the southwestern tribes. After researching, studying and comparing the differences among the various tribes in small groups, students will produce individual reports about a specific Native American perspective

Native American Voices
Provides overview links to Native American sources organized by chronology and topic

Create Your Own Native American Board Game
Students analyze basic elements of a selected Native American tribe in order to apply them to the creation of an original board game that can be played by today's children.From Grades 4-5.

For more information, see also U.S. sections: Pre-Colonial and Westward Expansion.


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