Tribal Sovereignty Lesson Plan

National Standards

All standards are from McREL's compendium of national standards:

Understand the impact of territorial expansion on Native American tribes (e.g., the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole removals, the significance of the Trail of Tears, the original lands held by various tribes of the Southeast and those held in the Old Northwest Territory)  (Standard 9, Level 2, 4)

Understand how early state and federal policy influenced various Native American tribes (e.g., survival strategies of Native Americans, environmental differences between Native American homelands and resettlement areas, the Black Hawk War and removal policies in the Old Northwest)  (Standard 9, Level 3, 2)

Understand the shifts in federal and state policy toward Native Americans in the first half of the 19th century (e.g., arguments for and against removal policy, changing policies from assimilation to removal and isolation after 1825) (Standard 9 Level IV, 3I)

Understand influences on economic conditions in various regions of the country (i.e., affects of the federal government's land, water and Indian policy) (Standard 16, IV, 3)

Understand the interactions between Native Americans and white society (e.g., the attitudes and policies of government officials, the U.S. Army, missionaries and settlers toward Native Americans; the provision and effects of the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 on tribal identity, land ownership and assimilation; the legacy of the 19th century federal Indian policy; Native Americans responses to increased white settlement, mining activities, and railroad construction) (Standard 19, Level III, 1I)

Understands influences on and perspectives of Native American life in the late 19th century (e.g., how the admission of new western states affected relations between the United States and Native American societies; leadership and values of Native American leaders; depiction of Native Americans and whites by 19th century artists) (Standard 19, IV, 3)

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