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Background For Teachers:
This lesson plan illuminates some of the challenges contemporary native people face in navigating
their ties to sovereign Indian nations, the state, and the U.S., a situation often called "living in two
worlds," although the reality for most is more complex than the bifurcation this term suggests.
Discuss the clips to reinforce the human element of this political and cultural situation. How does navigating multiple cultures impact the individuals shown in the films?
Have students search the internet to find articles that suggest how Indians have grappled with "living in two worlds." Instruct them to pay close attention to the issues of Indian tribal sovereignty and selfgovernance and the way these issues relate to the political, cultural, social, and economic challenges that come with "living in two worlds." If possible, you should require a number of articles about a number of different tribes; samples from tribal newspapers or websites, such as www.indianz.com and www.indiancountrytoday.com; and coverage that compares Utah-based issues to those in other western states or other regions, which can be found at websites like http://www.hcn.org.
Have students develop a product to report on their findings—this could be an essay, a PowerPoint
presentation, a debate, a chart or bulletin board, or a zine. You may choose to have this product submitted
as graded homework or presented in the following class (thereby extending the time requirement
for this lesson); or, if the product is focused on Utah tribes, you may use it to frame subsequent
classes on the sovereignty issues of the Goshutes, Paiutes, Northwestern Shoshones, Navajos, and
Child, Brenda. Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900–1940. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998.
Cuch, Forrest S., ed. A History of Utah’s American Indians. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2000.
The University of Utah's American West Center (AWC) produced the curriculum materials in consultation with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Utah State Office of Education, KUED 7, and the Goshute, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Ute nations.
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