Lesson Plan: Indian Pride: Ep. 2 and 12: Tribal Government: G9-12

Written By: Cheryl Long Feather: Bismarck Public Schools, Bismarck, North Dakota
Grade Level: 9 - 12

Time Allotment

4 class periods

Overview

As a result of this activity, students will understand the definition of tribal sovereignty; including how and why it is a unique concept to Tribes in the United States.

Subject Matter

Social Studies

Learning Objectives

• Students will be able to define tribal sovereignty.
• Students will be able to differentiate between tribal sovereignty and the sovereignty commonly associated with foreign countries.
• Students will understand how tribal sovereignty is manifested in contemporary tribal government structure.

Materials

• Episode #112 “Tribal Government Structure” PBS Indian Pride series
• Copy of The Marshall Trilogy handout [see attached]
• Indian Tribes as Sovereign Governments by C. Wilkinson (AIRI; 2nd Ed.)
• American Indian Tribal Governments by Sharon O’Brien

Media used in this lesson:

  1. Indian Pride: Ep. 2: Treaties and Sovereignty: Part 1
    Video: Various tribal leaders and representatives discuss the sovereignty of American Indians.
  2. Indian Pride: Ep. 2: Treaties and Sovereignty: Part 2
    Video: A discussion of treaties and tribal sovereignty in the United States.
  3. Indian Pride: Ep. 2: Treaties and Sovereignty: Part 3
    Video: A storyteller tells a traditional Mohegan story.
  4. Indian Pride: Ep. 2: Treaties and Sovereignty: Part 4
    Video: An artist plays contemporary Indian music.

Student Handouts:

  1. Marshall Trilogy Handout
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