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Cherokee Language Learning Materials  (Y, M, O, T)
The Cherokee Nation offers a variety of online materials for learning the Cherokee Language, including children's books, printable activity pages, free software, and teaching materials.

Cherokee Language Posters  (Y, M, O, T)
The Cherokee Nation has a comprehensive collection of language learning posters for all ages available for download. The posters cover a variety of topics, including basic vocabulary, phonetic charts, native flora and fauna, geography, science, and health.

Cherokee Language Online Classes  (M, O, T)
The Cherokee Nation offers free online language classes each spring and fall, as well as self-paced classes. Registration is required.

Cherokee Nation Map  (Y, M, O)
An interactive map students can use to explore the Cherokee Nation. Use the Basemap Gallery filters to view the region via human geography, topography, and more.

Cherokee Nation Video Collection  (Y, M, O)
Stop by the Cherokee Nation on Youtube for a variety of educational videos. The collection features videos on Cherokee culture, history, storytelling, and more.

Cherokee History Interactive Timeline  (M, O)
This interactive timeline documents Cherokee history beginning in 2500 BC to modern day. The timeline includes many supporting videos and references for further research.

Cherokee Nation History and Culture  (M, O)
Students can take an in-depth look at Cherokee history and culture through a large collection of articles from VisitCherokeeNation.com.

Woodland Indian Educational Programs  (Y, M, O, T)
WIEP offers Eastern Native American cultural awareness programs that will travel to your location. Many of the programs are a hands-on way for students to learn about historical Native American fiber techniques, foods, structures, and culture. In addition to in-person learning, WIEP has a variety of informative articles, printable worksheets, and coloring pages you can use virtually.

Native Americans in the West: 1838-1900  (M, O)
These resources "demonstrate to students distinct chapters in the encounters between white Americans and Native Americans. Students will understand the forces that spurred these encounters, the traits that characterized each side’s treatment of one another, and the ultimate outcome of the American government’s strategy towards native populations. The culminating activity invites students to create a monument commemorating an important element of the Native American struggle during this time period, either for the Cherokee, one of three tribal leaders, or for the children at residential schools." (from PBS Learning Media: Ken Burns in the Classroom)

8 ways to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day with children  (T)
The United States, and many individual states, observe Columbus Day on the 2nd Monday in October, but a growing number of cities and states are refusing to honor a man who committed genocide. Instead, they are marking the date as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. There are many ways children of all ages can observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In this post, Rebekah shares 8 options that can be used with preschool, elementary, and middle school-age kids.

How to Support Indigenous People on Thanksgiving  (T)
A list of ways to focus on indigenous people while celebrating Thanksgiving; not geared toward children but includes some ideas that could be implemented with children.

Native American Cultures  (Y,M,O,T)
Native American cultures grouped by contiguous peoples who shared similar habitats and characteristics. Most scholars break North America into 10 separate culture areas: the Arctic, the Subarctic, the Northeast, the Southeast, the Plains, the Southwest, the Great Basin, California, the Northwest Coast and the Plateau. From History.com

Nez Perce National Historic Trail  (Y, M, O, T)
The Nez Perce (Nimiipuu or Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail stretches from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to the Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana. It was added to the National Trails System by Congress as a National Historic Trail in 1986. The 1877 flight of the Nez Perce from their homelands while pursued by U.S. Army Generals Howard, Sturgis, and Miles, is one of the most fascinating and sorrowful events in Western U.S. history. Chief Joseph, Chief Looking Glass, Chief White Bird, Chief Ollokot, Chief Lean Elk, and others led nearly 750 Nez Perce men, women, and children and twice that many horses over 1,170 miles through the mountains, on a trip that lasted from June to October of 1877.

American Indian and Alaska Native Resources  (Y, M, O, T)
From the U.S. Census Bureau

Native American Heritage - Cultural Resources   (T)
Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans that help students celebrate American Indian heritage.

Mission Possible: Decoding WWII Navajo Marine Code  (M)
Students discover how the Navajo language and people played a significant role in the U.S. strategy to win World War II. Grade 8

The Cherokee: Trail Where They Cried  (Y)
Students study The Trail of Tears. Grade 5.

Island Hopping: The Story of Ned Begay Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two  (Y)
Students study the Navajo contribution to the United States during World War II while following the story of the Ned Begay as he starts out at a boarding school and later becomes a U.S. Marine who learns the Navajo Code. Students will learn how Ned's background and culture helped him survive and become successful in his education and his experience as a Marine. Grade 4.

The Unbreakable Code: Navajo Code Talkers  (Y)
Students discover the role Navajos in World War II. Students study historical aspects of reservation life, read maps to gain understanding, and apply geography to an historical event. Grade 4.

Native American Crafts for Kids  (Y)
From Enchanted Learning.com

Native Tech  (Y,M,O,T)
In-depth article describing the art and technology of Native Americans.

Online Native American Activities for Kids   (Y,M)
From Apples 4 the Teacher

Celebrate Native American Heritage   (Y,M,O,T)
From Education World

Native American resources for kids and teachers  (Y,M,O,T)
Facts about Native Americans from KiddyHouse

Native American Crafts Unit  (Y,M,O,T)
Crafts shared by Native American and children in the American colonies. Crafts include; Cornhusk Doll, Pinch Pot, Dream Catcher, Early American Weaving, and Native American Recipes

Smithsonian Native American History & Culture Resources  (Y,M,O,T)
Native Knowledge 360 is the National Museum of the American Indian's national initiative to inspire and promote improvement of teaching and learning about American Indians.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument  (Y,M,O,T)
This area memorializes one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their way of life. Here in 1876, 263 soldiers and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer, met death at the hands of several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. The website offers historical information about the park for those who cannot visit in person.

Ocmulgee National Monument  (Y,M,O,T)
Native Americans were the first inhabitants. During the Civil War two battles took place in Macon; both took place on the park grounds. The park focuses on both the Native American influence and Civil War battles. The website offers historical information about both for those who cannot visit in person.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site  (Y,M,O,T)
On November 29, 1864, Colorado Territory militia attacked and destroyed a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho indians encamped on the eastern plains. An estimated 150 to 200 Indians were murdered, nearly all elderly men, women and children. The website offers historical information about the massacre for those who cannot visit in person.

Koshare Indian Museum  (Y,M,O,T)
The museum was built by a Boy Scout troop. The 1949 structure is a registered state historic site of the Colorado Historical Society. It houses a collection of Native American art and artifacts considered to be among the finest in the world.

The Spirit Lake Massacre - Abbie Gardner Cabin  (Y,M,O,T)
Location of the infamous Spirit Lake Massacre in 1857. Log cabin restored to 1856 appearance. Visitors Center with artifacts and film. Location: Monument Drive. Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park  (Y,M,O,T)
The park includes the Chaw'se Regional Indian Museum. The museum gives visitors a view of exhibits and artifact collections from Sierra Nevada Indians. A Miwok village with a ceremonial roundhouse has been reconstructed in the middle of the small valley. Teachers's Guide available in PDF format.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area  (Y,M,O,T)
The Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center hosts cultural programs and workshops throughout the year. Offering a Junior Ranger program for children.

Book titles to avoid - Native Americans  (T)
Despite the fine writing and exciting plots, many books about Indians foster continuations of classic blatant stereotypes. Recommended titles for reading as well as titles to avoid with explanations.

Native American Facts for Kids  (Y,M,O,T)
Resources on American Indians for Children and Teachers

Museum of Northern Arizona  (Y,M,O,T)
Land and Peoples of the Colorado Plateau

Navajo National Monument  (Y,M,O,T)
Navajo National Monument preserves three intact cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people. A visitor center, museum, three short self-guided trails, two small campgrounds, and a picnic area are available for visitors.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site  (Y,M,O,T)
Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument  (Y,M,O,T)
For 5,000 years, people have lived in the canyons. Navajo families today, make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in the canyon. The park offers a Junior Ranger and Webranger programs.

Fort Verde State Historic Park  (Y,M,O,T)
The park offers visitors a glimpse of life during the Indian Wars period in Arizona. The fort was home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts from 1865 to 1890. Today visitors experience three historic house museums; Commanding Officer's Quarters, Bachelors' Quarters and Doctor's Quarters on Officer's row. All are furnished in the 1880's period and listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places.

Inupiat Heritage Center  (Y,M,O,T)
The Inupiat Heritage Center tells the story of the Inupiat people.

Horseshoe Bend  (Y,M,O,T)
The Battle of Horseshoe Bend can be viewed as a multi-national struggle between the forces of the Creek, the Cherokee, and United States.

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail  (Y,M,O,T)
The park commemorates the survival of the Cherokee people and their forced removal from their homelands in the Southeastern United States in the 1840s.

National Museum of the American Indian Lessons and Resources  (Y,M,O,T)
The National Museum of the American Indian is located in both Washington DC and New York City, NY.

Native Languages of the Americas: List of Native American Indian Tribes  (Y,M,O,T)
From Native-Languages.org

National atlas. Indian tribes, cultures & languages  (Y,M,O,T)
Browse by Geographic Location or American Indian Tribe

Alphabetical List of Federally Recognized Native American Tribes  (Y,M,O,T)
This page not only lists all the federally recognized tribes of Native Americans, but also has links from those tribes for their official websites, stories and legends, books, photographs and artwork.

Lenape Indian Fact Sheet  (Y,M,O,T)
Native American facts for kids to help students learn about the Lenni Lenapes Indians.

Munsee Indian Fact Sheet  (Y,M,O,T)
Native American facts for kids to help students learn about the Munsees

Native Americans Today  (Y,M)
Native American lesson plan for students grades 3-5 from readwritethink.org.

Exploring Native Americans across the curriculum  (Y,M,O,T)
Curriculum for students of all ages designed to blast Native American stereotypes.

Native Americans/First Nations lesson plans  (Y,M,O,T)
An excellent selection of lesson plans from an archaeology website.

New Perspectives On the West  (O)
This lesson asks students to view westward expansion from the perspective of the Nez Perce and their leader Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt (Chief Joseph).

Native American lessons  (Y,M,O,T)
Worksheets and lessons from UK teachers

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