Students will study the relationship between American Indian and non-Indians during the Utah Territorial period.
Background for Teachers
This is the third of five lessons in the Seventh Grade American Indian History Lesson Plan Unit:
The long, difficult, and
unique process of statehood involving Utah's American Indians and non-Indian
peoples, cultures, and ideas left a legacy that continues to shape Utah's
political, social, and economic landscape today.
Essential Question 1: What was the relationship
between American Indians and non-Indians during the Utah Territorial period?
- Read text and complete multiple-text
analysis sheet on primary documents concerning the following
- Bear River Massacre (Shoshone)
- Black Hawk War and Walker War (Ute)
- Marysvale (Paiute)
- Mountain Meadow Massacre (non-Indians disguised as Indians, Paiute)
- Long Walk (Navajo)
- Posey War (Paiute, Ute
(Note: most of these conflicts are discussed in A History
of Utah's American Indians, edited by Forrest Cuch.)
Evaluate findings for agreement/disagreement among sources.
Essential Question 2: What role did Utah American
Indians and non-Indians play in Utah's quest for statehood?
- In five or six groups, create an informational display about American
Indian conflicts during the Utah Territorial period.
- Create an oral presentation
for the class.
- Organize a wall display (classroom, school, district, community,
Essential Question 1: Assessment
- Completion of a multiple text
- Evaluation of information.
Essential Question 2: Assessment
- Written understanding of how American Indian conflicts affected statehood.
- Create display of students understanding of the various conflicts of the
- Students will identify conflicts in Utah by location on the tribal map.
Utah State Office of Education
Social Studies Enhancement Committee
American Indian History
Lesson Plan Writers:
- Gloria Thompson - Ute
- Nanette Watson
- Jeanette Badback - White Mesa Ute
- Don Mose - Navajo
- Merrillee Chamberlain - Paiute
- Venita Tavepont - Ute
- Rebecca Bennally - Navajo
- Tauna Christianson
- Gayle Buxton
- Judith Hegewald
Under the Direction of the Indian Education Specialist, Shirlee
Silversmith. Special thanks to Dolores Riley.