Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today

Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today
Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today
Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today
Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today
Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today
Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today
Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today
Native Americans: Dawes Act, Forced Assimilation, Challenges Today
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Students know that Native Americans were forced to reservations, but what happened next? This assignment is designed to explore this topic a bit more in depth. First, students take notes on an organizer about the Dawes Act, an 1887 federal law mandating that Native Americans not only live on reservations, but abandon their native culture to assimilate to white American culture. I provided the notes for the teacher and a fill-in-the-blank organizer for the students, along with primary source pictures for you to use. I also included information and times to use if you would like to show clips of HBO's great Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. I bought the movie for $2 on youtube and it has come in very handy. The whole movie is too long and a little slow for kids, but the clips I included are excellent examples for the notes. Finally, students complete a follow up activity outlining 5 major challenges facing Native Americans today, ranging from education to healthcare and protests such as Standing Rock. A great lead in to discussion or future research.
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