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This informational text details the final conflicts of the 300-year American Indian Wars and their devastating effects for Native Americans.Pair “From Resistance to Reservations” with “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” to provide students with additional information regarding the history of reservations. How have Native American reservations changed over the years? What issues continue to be common on reservations?
In "Behind the Native American Achievement Gap," Celeste Headlee interviews Anton Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe History and Language, about the education of Native Americans.Pair “Behind The Native American Achievement Gap” with “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” and ask students to identify the struggles that Native American students often face in America. Teachers may also ask students to determine what policy makers should do moving forward to ensure that Native American students receive a competitive education.
In "Those Kids Never Got to Go Home," the article discusses recent pleas from the Rosebud Sioux nation to reclaim the remains of former students of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.Pair “‘Those Kids Never Got to Go Home’” with “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” and ask students to discuss how boarding schools for Native Americans have changed over the years. Can they identify any similarities between the boarding schools of the past and present?
In "The Director of the Indian Museum Says It's time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports," Smithsonian Magazine talks to Kevin Gover about the use of Native Americans motifs in sports.Pair “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” with “The Director of the Indian Museum Says It’s Time to Retire the Indian Motif in Sports” to provide students with another example of how the views and treatment of Native American culture have changed over time. How do both texts explore how the oppression of Native Americans in the past continues to affect them today?
In "Stories Saved My Life, and That's Why I Write for Young People," James Bird, a screenwriter, director, and author describes his journey growing up and feeling "different."“Pair Stories Saved My Life, and That’s Why I Write for Young People” with “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” and ask students to discuss the struggles that Native American Youth face in America. How could a learning environment like Sherman Indian High School have helped Bird as he was growing up? Do you think Bird would have felt more supported if he attended this type of school? Why or why not?
In "Rez Road," a speaker is reminded by their grandfather that, even amid the grim realities of modern life on their reservation, some connections are too strong to be broken.Pair “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” with “Rez Road” and ask students to discuss the importance of ancestral language in each text. In both texts, what is the relationship between the community of Native Americans and their ancestral language? What is the solution proposed in the article? How does the school in the article propose to support students’ learning of their ancestral language differently? Why might ancestral language-learning have been unsuccessful on reservations, both in the poem and in historical examples noted in the article? How can individuals’ decisions to learn their ancestral languages impact their larger communities?
In "A Lesson in Farming, Classroom to Cafeteria," Steven Yaccino describes how students in rural Indiana raise cattle as a way to save their school district money.Pair “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” with “A Lesson in Farming, Classroom to Cafeteria” and ask students to discuss some of the challenges of schooling discussed in the two texts. According to the section “Schools in Trouble,” what challenges are boarding schools for American Indians facing in “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past”? What challenges are schools in rural districts facing according to “A Lesson in Farming, Classroom to Cafeteria”? How are these challenges similar and how are they different?
In "Indian Residential Schools," Kids Britannica discusses the effects of the Indian Residential School system in Canada, as well as the country's efforts toward healing and repair over the last two decades. Pair “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past” with “Indian Residential Schools” and ask students to compare the goals, methods, and results of Sherman Indian High School and the Indigenous Residential School program. How are the goals of schools like Sherman Indian High School different from the goals of the Indian Residential School system described in “Indian Residential Schools”? According to “American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past,” what are the arguments for and against continuing to have off-reservation boarding schools for Indigenous students? How has the fact that Indigenous tribes control schools like Sherman Indian High School affected the methods and outcomes for Indigenous people?