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American Indian Curriculum and Lesson Plan Resources

Honor Native Land:  A Guide and Call to Acknowledgment


Relearning the Star Stories of Indigenous Peoples
How the lost constellations of Indigenous North America can connect culture, science and inspire the next generation of scientists. A very well-done website with audible recorded stories.  

Four Seasons

Minnesota Humanites Resource Page: background information, lesson plans and videos specific to the Seasonal Round for the Dakota and Ojibwe.  

Thankgiving - the myth

Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in Schools

Rethinking Thanksgiving
Students untangle facts and myths about Thanksgiving through reading, discussion and roleplaying through tweets.

Teaching Thanksgiving in a Social Responsible Way
Teaching Tolerance webiste

The Invention of Thanksgiving
An essay by Philip Deloria

Art and Music

Native Art, Native Voices:  A Resource for K-12 Learners
From the Minneapolis Institute of Art
This resource, done in collaboration with MN Native artists, includes information Native cultures both past and presetnt and supports MN state standrds for visual arts and social studies/history.  

Intersecting Ojibwe Art Curriculum
Grades K-8. The lessons have been written, taught, and critiqued by elementary teachers of many cultures, including American Indians. 

Minnesota American Indian Music and Art Resources for Teachers
Resources and reference services supporting the state Arts High School and K-12 arts education for teachers and teaching artists in Minnesota.

Drum and Dance lesson plans specfic to the Ojibwe and Dakota.

All My Relations Arts

All My Relations Arts honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the American Indian Cultural Corridor.


Minnesota Department of Indian Education

The Minnesota Office of Indian Education provides K-12 curriculum resources, information, support and oversight to public school staff, parents and students in the area of Indian Education. 

National Museum of the American Indian
A wonderful collection of historical and contemporary art.  Some educator ideas and lesson plans too. 

Minnesota Humanities Center
Absent Narratives Resource Collection - Ready to use materials created and developed by the MHC and its partners.  Checkmark American Indian under "Content Themes" to view all American Indian related materials and lesson plans. 

Montana Office of Public Instruction's Indian Education For All: K-12 Lesson Plans
Montana's Indian Education For All offers lesson plans for classroom use  that address topics such as cultural diversity, geography, history and more. The curriculum was designed to develop all students' understanding of American Indian people and their histories, as well as fostering respect for their respective cultures.

Indian Land Tenure Curriculum - Lessons of Our Land
Lessons of Our Land is designed to make it easy for Pre-K through Grade 12 teachers to incorporate Native American stories, lessons and games into regular classroom instruction. This interdisciplinary Indian land curriculum was designed to align with existing state standards and is adaptable to include the history and culture of a region’s Indian nations. 

Ojibwe: Waasa-Inaabidaa "We Look In All Directions"
"We Look In All Directions" is a six-part historical documentary series for public television featuring the history and culture of the Anishinabe-Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes.

Interactive Websites

Bdote Memory Map
Through the Bdote Memory Map, you can find out more about some of the most important sites in Dakota history from Dakota people and share with others your own experience of these special places. 

Dakota Conflict 1862 - Minnesota Historical Society
This interactive website tells stories of the war, its causes and its aftermath through oral histories, photos, journals, letters, newspapers, government documents and other primary sources from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections. 

In The Footsteps of Little Crow
No longer available online through Star Tribune; available for purchase for $2.99.

This Star Tribune series showcases the significance of 1862 with a historical narrative, as told through the story of Little Crow, a Dakota chief who, at times reluctantly, led the 1862 rebellion. Story by Curt Brown. 

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission
Formed in 1984, GLFWC represents eleven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan who reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the 1837, 1842, and 1854 Treaties with the United States government. 

Native American Documents Project
A project developed to make documents of federal Indian policy accessible by computer. Many of the documents on this site were taken from microfilmed collections of reports and letters published by the National Archives. 

National Indian Education Association - For Educators Section
This section is intended as a resource for educators to learn about effective strategies, innovative programming, and professional learning opportunities aligned with creating a safe, successful and supportive learning environment.

Native Artists: Livelihoods, Resources, Space, Gifts
Documents the economic and cultural contributions of Native artists using Minnesota’s Ojibwe artists as a case study.

NMAI - American Indian Responses to Environmental Changes 
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe 
Watch videos, expore activites and answer questions to learn more about the challenges facing the Leech Lake Ojibwe.

Native Words, Native Warriors
Offers various resources and lesson plans on American Indian Code Talkers as well as information on Native languages, boarding schools, code talking, survival, coming home, and recognition.

THE WAYS: Great Lakes Native Culture and Language
This online educational resource for 6-12 grade students features videos, interactive maps, and digital media exploring contemporary Native culture and language.

We Shall Remain
A five-part television series (PBS) that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. 

Why Treaties Matter
A companion to Why Treaties Matter, an exhibit of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, this website presents information on relationships that shaped some of the most transformative events in the history of the continent: the U.S. treaties with Dakota and Ojibwe people.

We R Native
We R Native is a multimedia health resource for Native teens and young adults, run by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

Literary Resources

American Indians in Children's Literature
The content of the website is designed to help people develop a critical stance when evaluating American Indians in children books. This means recognizing negative and positive stereotypes, both of which stand in the way of seeing and accepting American Indians as people of the present day.

American Indian Library Association
A membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. 

Native American Indian Children's Literature: Novels
Books listed here are either by North Native American Indian authors or illustrators or both, including books that also feature non-Indian authors and Native illustrators. 

Native Reader Blog
This blog features a variety of useful resources to help develop lesson plans in regard to Native American literature, including evaluating images of Native children in books, evaluating Native websites, recommended Native children's books, as well as current information on Minnesota Langauge Arts Standards and how they relate to Native American literature. 

Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us. Oyate offers criteria for evaluating books as well as knowledge on books to avoid.

Birchbark Books
Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores.

The Circle
The Circle is published monthly by The Circle Corporation, and has been publishing since 1980. The Circle is dedicated to presenting news from a Native American perspective, while granting an equal opportunity to community voices.

Reservation Information

Indian Affairs Council - State of MN
Provides an overview of the 11 American Indian Ojibwe and Dakota tribes of Minnesota.

US Department of the Interior - Indian Affairs
Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students.
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