These discussion questions challenge students to talk aloud with other members of the class to broaden their ideas, challenge arguments, formulate positions on issues, hypothesize the influence of the past on current issues, and differentiate between fact and interpretation.

  1. Many of the graduates of government-run boarding schools were not accepted in the white world, nor were they comfortable with traditional life on the reservation. What difficulties did their students face living in two cultures?
    (Review film chapter 4, Day 6)
  2. In the 1970s, Native protesters used the news media to bring their peoples' plight to the forefront of American public consciousness. Why was TV coverage so critical? How did the siege change the way Native people viewed themselves, their culture, and their need for self-determination? What impact did the recordings and footage of events have on you?
  3. How did American foreign policy during the late 1960s and early 1970s cause many Americans to question previous American Indian policy and contribute to the support of many non-Indians for the American Indian Movement?
  4. How has Native American leadership changed in the three decades since the Wounded Knee occupation? Who are some of the most successful Native American leaders at the beginning of the 21st century?
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