UEN gathered these American Indian resources to help you recognize the accomplishments of the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the U.S.
U.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.
Circle of Stories
Circle of Stories uses documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native American storytelling.
American 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 Tongues
Explore Native American language programs from Alaska to North Carolina working to save their heritage languages.
American Indian Library Association
An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Indian Library Association is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
National Congress of American Indians
The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities
My Tribal Area
My Tribal Area gives you quick and easy access to selected statistics from the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS provides detailed demographic, social, economic, and housing statistics every year for the nation's communities
Watch: Metal Road
For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads, maintaining the trans-continental network. Metal Road explores the dynamics of livelihood, family, and the railroads through the lens of a Navajo trackman. Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m. UEN-TV and engage with others using the Viewer Discussion Guide
from Vision Maker Media.
Wisdom of the Elders
Radio series featuring elders, historians, storytellers, artists, and leaders from thirteen American Indian Nations along the Lewis and Clark trail.
American 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.)
National Native American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Native American Heritage Month Resources developed by EDSITEment or supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, we have highlighted new and classic lessons; upcoming professional development opportunities for teachers; documentary films available to stream; podcasts; interactive games; vetted websites; and archives of primary sources.
New Books in Native American Studies
The New Books Network is a consortium of podcasts dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to serious audiences.
The Utah State Board of Education Indian Education
The Utah State Board of Education’s (USBE) American Indian website serves as a guideline to facilitate and support in building a framework for program awareness and success. It will guide investigators based on current research, state, and federal requirements the information necessary that address the American Indian/Alaskan Natives in Utah.
Native American Cultures Across the U.S.
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
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 Today
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.
Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why
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.
The Fremont People
After learning about the Fremont people, students will make their own Fremont-Style pottery.
Myth and Truth: The "First Thanksgiving"
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.
Circle of Stories Lesson Plans
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.
Indigenous Music From Wounded Knee to the Billboard Charts
In this lesson, students are introduced first to Pat Vegas and Redbone by way of interviews and music from RUMBLE. They then look back to the late 19th century to consider the significance of Redbone’s success. Students will use clips from the film, as well as a set of seven source documents to assess the U.S. government’s attempt to control Native American populations by way of culture, particularly music.
The Indigenous Roots of Rock and Roll
In this lesson, students watch clips from RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World
and explore Link Wray’s position as an influence on later Hard Rock and Heavy Metal musicians. Students will investigate the history of the Shawnee Tribe, and use Wray as a case study to consider what life might have been like for a Shawnee in the American South during the early 20th Century. Finally, students debate ways Wray’s early life might have contributed to his future musical achievements–particularly “Rumble.”
Debating Cultural Appropriation
In this lesson, students will engage in a structured academic controversy to address the question, “should appropriation of Native American cultural practices be regulated by law?” Working in small groups, students will consider cultural appropriation in varying degrees by watching RUMBLE
clips of African American “Mardi Gras Indian Tribes” from New Orleans, viewing images of sports logos, controversial fashion items, and consulting divergent viewpoints in regards to each.
The Music Behind the Red Power Movement
In this lesson, students are introduced to the activist music of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter La Farge, and Johnny Cash, as well as the Native American Red Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s. By analyzing clips from RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World
and examining historical documents, students will gain a deeper understanding of the history of Native American social movements, their tactics, the dangers they might have posed to the Federal Government, and the ways music might have contributed to their goals.
Negotiating Native Identity Through Art and Music
In this lesson, students begin by examining the ways their sense of identity might be affected by social pressures associated with different spaces. By watching clips from RUMBLE
, students then discover how musicians Robbie Robertson, Stevie Salas, and Taboo have negotiated their Native identities, and compare these musician’s journeys with those of earlier Native Americans.
The Navajo Nation
Information from the Indian Health Services about the Navajo Nation.
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Navajo Indians.
Native 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.
Memo 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.
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.
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.
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 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 Canyon
Learn about Range Creek Canyon, an ancient Fremont Indian site in a remote corner of Utah, from this video produced by KUED.
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.
This video chronicles the Pueblo Indians' 450 years of contact with Europeans and their long, determined struggle to preserve their culture, land and religion.
Various Northern Ute beaders demonstrate the craft of beadwork and its cultural significance.
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 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.