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American Indian Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. UEN gathered the following resources to help you celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.

General InformationTeacher ResourcesLesson PlansUtah Tribes
Videos in eMediaWeb sites for Students

General Information

American Indian Heritage Month ProclamationAmerican Indian Heritage Month Proclamation
By the President of the United States of America
U.S. Dept. of the Interior Indian AffairsU.S. Dept. of the Interior Indian Affairs
Indian Affairs provides services to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 564 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States.
National Museum of the American IndianNational Museum of the American Indian
The Museum is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Explore the Classroom Lessons, the Index of Resources and the Collections Search.
Library of Congress: Edward S. Curtis's the North American IndianLibrary of Congress: Edward S. Curtis's the North American Indian
The Library of Congress presents over 2,000 prints from the work of photographer, Edward S. Curtis, who recorded Native American dress, ceremonies, life, and culture.
American Indian TribesAmerican Indian Tribes
A list of federally-recognized tribes.
Library of Congress: American Indian HistoryLibrary of Congress: American Indian History
Check out some of the American Indian History resources in the Library of Congress.
Utah Division of Indian AffairsUtah Division of Indian Affairs
The Utah Division of Indian Affairs support Utah's American Indian tribes. Don't miss the the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Circle of StoriesCircle of Stories
Circle of Stories uses documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native American storytelling.
Trail Tribes: Traditional and Contemporary Native CultureTrail Tribes: Traditional and Contemporary Native Culture
History with a tribal perspective, along trails followed by Lewis & Clark.
American Indian Medal of Honor RecipientsAmerican Indian Medal of Honor Recipients
Throughout history, American Indians have been among those soldiers to be distinguished by receiving the United States' highest military honor: the Medal of Honor.
Our Mother TonguesOur Mother Tongues
Explore Native American language programs from Alaska to North Carolina working to save their heritage languages.
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Teacher Resources

Smithsonian Institution: American Indian History and Culture American Indian History and Culture
Smithsonian Institution's extensive collection of resources related to Native American heritage and culture.
San Juan School District Media CenterSan Juan School District Media Center
Resource of curriculum material centered around Indian Education. You can order books in both English and Navajo, calendars, cultural videos, educational programs, and more.
Native American StoriesNative American Stories
Reading Rocket's list of Native American Indian stories.
Wisdom of the EldersWisdom of the Elders
Radio series featuring elders, historians, storytellers, artists, and leaders from thirteen American Indian Nations along the Lewis and Clark trail.
Teaching Young Children about Native AmericansTeaching Young Children about Native Americans
This online article discusses the prevalence of stereotypes and classroom strategies for teaching about cultural diversity among Native Americans.
Native American Leather and ClothesNative American Leather and Clothes
Detailed images of various tribes' clothing and accessories.
Native American Leather and ClothesAmerican Indians in Children's Literature
Debbie Reese's blog has lists of books for various age groups that accurately portray American Indians. (Right column under the IF YOU'RE STARTING A LIBRARY... section.)
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Lesson Plans

Native American Cultures Across the U.S.How the Miss Navajo Competition Reflects the Ingenuity and Culture of the Navajo People
7th Grade
The student will be able to understand how the skills necessary to win the Miss Navajo competition reflect the ingenuity and culture of the Navajo people.
Native American Cultures Across the U.S.Native American Cultures Across the U.S.
Grades K-2
This lesson discusses the differences between five Native American tribes within the U.S. Students learn about customs and traditions and the regions where the tribes live.
Explore Pueblo Pots
Grades K-4
In this hands-on activity, students will learn the meaning of imagery on two Pueblo pots by examining images and reading short excerpts from Native American folklore.
Native Americans TodayNative Americans Today
Grades 3-5
This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.
Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy MountainMaking Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain
Grades 9-12
Following the model of N. Scott Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain, students write three-voice narratives based on Kiowa folktales, an interview with an Elder, and personal connections to theme.
Circle of Stories Lesson PlansCircle of Stories Lesson Plans
Grades 6-12
Students will examine the complex and rich oral tradition of Native American storytelling, create their own stories to share, explore indigenous and Native American cultures and the issues which face them today.
Myth and Truth: The "First Thanksgiving"Myth and Truth: The "First Thanksgiving"
Grades 6-8
By exploring myths surrounding the Wampanoag, the pilgrims, and the "First Thanksgiving," this lesson asks students to think critically about commonly believed myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in colonial America.
Ute Indians: Past and PresentUte Indians: Past and Present
4th Grade
Students will become familiar with the Ute Indians both past and present.
The Fremont PeopleThe Fremont People
4th Grade
After learning about the Fremont people, students will make their own Fremont-Style pottery.
Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell WhyPourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why
Grades 3-5
Pourquoi tales are narratives developed by various cultures around the world to explain natural phenomena. Students study three tales and learn about their cultures of origin, then work cooperatively to write and present an original pourquoi tale.
Not "Indians," Many Tribes: Native American DiversityNot "Indians," Many Tribes: Native American Diversity
Grades 3-5
In this unit of five lessons, students heighten their awareness of Native American diversity as they learn about three vastly different Native groups in a game-like activity using archival documents.
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Utah Tribes

General Information

Native Americans in UtahNative Americans in Utah
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about Native Americans in Utah.
Native American Indian Literacy ProjectNative American Indian Literacy Project
This project brings storybooks for the six main Utah Tribal Nations into the classroom.
Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock ArtSacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art
This K-12 curriculum was developed to teach students about the culture and customs of the earliest inhabitants of Utah.
Utah We Shall RemainUtah We Shall Remain
In conjunction with the PBS series, KUED-Channel 7 produced a five-part companion series on Utah's five tribes.
Utah Natives Collection of History PicturesUtah Natives Collection of History Pictures
This collection of resources and websites helps to see the similarities and differences between the different American Indian groups of Utah. A huge amount of Information about the tribes past and present, with pictures.

Goshutes

Goshute IndiansGoshute Indians
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Goshute tribe.
Skully Valley GoshutesSkull Valley Goshutes
Scroll down the page to read about the Skull Valley Goshutes.

Navajo

The Navajo NationThe Navajo Nation
Information from the Indian Health Services about the Navajo Nation, including a map.
Navajo NationNavajo Nation
The Official site of the Navajo Nation which includes historical information.
Navajo IndiansNavajo Indians
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Navajo Indians.
Navajo DictionaryNavajo Dictionary
An online Navajo dictionary.
Native Words, Native WarriorsNative Words, Native Warriors
The National Museum of the American Indian honors American Indian Code Talkers. This is a companion website to the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Native Words, Native Warriors.
Memorandum Regarding the Enlistment of Navajo IndiansMemo Regarding the Enlistment of Navajos
This site gives more detail on the U.S. Marine Corps Navajo Code Talker program, highlighting Maj. Gen. Clayton B. Vogel's March 26, 1942, memo recommending the recruitment of Navajo men for the project.

Paiute

Paiute IndiansPaiute Indians
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Paiute tribe.
Utah's Paiute Indians During the DepressionUtah's Paiute Indians During the Depression
An article from the History Blazer about life as a Paiute during the Great Depression.

Shoshone

Shoshone Indians - Northwestern BandsShoshone Indians - Northwestern Bands
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Shoshone Indians.

Ute

Ute Indians, NorthernUte Indians, Northern
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Northern Ute Indians.
Ute Indians, SouthernUte Indians, Southern
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Southern Ute Indians.
Ute Indians: Past and PresentUte Indians: Past and Present
4th Grade
Students will become familiar with the Ute Indians both past and present.
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Videos in eMedia

Utah educators and students can download the following videos from UEN's eMedia

Comparing the Lives of Native Peoples
This program compares and contrasts the lives of early Native people's of North America. The program focuses on how the geography of the land affected and shaped their lives.
Exploring Our Past: Native American Life
Come explore the history and way of life of Native Americans, their regional cultures and lifestyles.
Geronimo and the Apache Resistance
Direct descendants of the legendary Native American leader Geronimo aid in telling the story of the Apache medicine man, who, along with his followers, resisted white settlement.
History of American Indian Achievement
Join host Tyler Christopher, as he brings a new vision to the remarkable journey of the American Indians.
The Journey of Sacagawea
This program explores the life of Sacagawea from the rich oral history of the Augadika Shoshoni, Mandan Hidatsa and the Nez Perce Native American tribes.
Listening to Our Ancestors
Listen to the stories and traditions of Native peoples along the North Pacific Coast. Visit web page.
The Long Walk
Eight thousand Navajo men, women and children were marched at gunpoint through the scorched desert of the American Southwest to a barren reservation along the Texas border.
Native American Hide Tanning
Native American craftswomen illustrate various steps of hide tanning: hair removal, hide washing and then stretching the hide as it dries.
Native Peoples of the Great PlainsNative Peoples of the Great Plains
Live action video gathered at Native America village, and reenactments will assist students in learning about the history, culture, and legacy of the first People of the Plains.
A History of American Indian Achievement Reading Rainbow: The Gift of the Sacred Dog
Paul Goble's Native American legend about a boy who brought the gift of horses to his people and the significance of the horse to the Plains Indian.
Reading Rainbow: Giving ThanksReading Rainbow: Giving Thanks
This book is based on the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants
Secrets of the Lost CanyonSecrets of the Lost Canyon
Learn about Range Creek Canyon, an ancient Fremont Indian site in a remote corner of Utah, from this video produced by KUED. Visit web page.
Sharing Perspectives at the National Museum of the American Indian
An introduction to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Visit web site.
Storytelling the Navaho WayStorytelling the Navaho Way
Students at the boarding school learn how storytelling explain who his people are and how that defines him, and how oral tradition passes the culture of one generation to the next.
Surviving ColumbusSurviving Columbus
This video chronicles the Pueblo Indians' 450 years of contact with Europeans and their long, determined struggle to preserve their culture, land and religion.
Ute BeadworkUte Beadwork
Various Northern Ute beaders demonstrate the craft of beadwork and its cultural significance.
Walking in Two Worlds Walking in Two Worlds
This KUED production explores the complexities of Native American education - both the flaws and possibilities for change. Visit web site.
We Shall RemainWe Shall Remain
This PBS American Experience series presents a multifaceted look at Native ingenuity and perseverance over the course of more than three centuries. Visit web site.
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Web sites for Students

Yesterday and TodayYesterday and Today
Compare modern tools with ancient ones.
Stories from the PastStories from the Past
Tell a story with rock art.
Wha Can You Make From a Buffalo?What Can You Make From a Buffalo?
The northern Plains Indians used every part of the buffalo. In this interactive matching game, students will match objects made by Native Americans from the buffalo.
Tracking the Buffalo: You Be the HistorianTracking the Buffalo: You Be The Historian
In this online interactive, students will learn about the culture of the Plains Indians by determining the meaning of stories told on a buffalo hide painting and compare their interpretations to to that of a Smithsonian historian.
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