Lesson Plan: Indian Pride: Historical Overview: Episode 101 (Grades 9-12)

Written By:

Cheryl M. Kulas
North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission
Bismarck, North Dakota

Grade Level: 9 - 12

Time Allotment

3-4 weeks


As a result of this activity, students will develop an understanding of major United States history and policy and develop awareness of the impact and integral role American Indians and or\sovereign cultural groups play in United States History.

Subject Matter

Social Studies

Learning Objectives

Consistent with four of five national history standards, students will be able to:
  • think chronologically about historical developments in the United States.
  • demonstrate comprehension of history from multiple perspectives.
  • interpret and analyze a particular period in United States History and discuss its impact on American Indians and\or a particular sovereign cultural group.
  • articulate one or more major historical developments in the United States involving\and or impacting American Indians or a sovereign group in their region or state.
  • analyze history from one or more perspectives.


DVD with episode 101 on “Tribal Historical Overview” PBS Indian Pride series (also available at NDStudies.org).
Monitor, computers with Internet access.
Library Access to published reference sources.
Optional materials for visual presentation aids.

Books and References:
Part III, A Summary History of United States Indian Policy, American Indians: Answers to Today’s Questions by Jack Utter, 1993, pp. 241 – 265. National Woodlands Publishing Company.

American Indian Tribal Governments by Sharon O’Brien.

Media used in this lesson:

  1. Indian Pride: Episode 101: Duane Champagne
    Video: A clip from the first episode of the first season of Indian Pride, a television show about Native American issues and topics.