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Educators are invited to explore upcoming summer professional development opportunities, as well as new resources about the impacts of the gold rush on the Native peoples of California and the American Revolution on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) lands.
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Source investigation
The Impact of the Gold Rush on Native Americans of California
This new lesson asks students to answer the question: Do American actions against the Native peoples of California during the gold rush meet the United Nations definition of genocide? Grades 8–12
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Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Lands and the American Revolution
This online resource illustrates how colonization and the American Revolution substantially reduced Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) territory. Grades 4–11
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New Video
What's the Story with National Stories?
This short videos asks you to think about the importance of national stories and consider how they shape your understanding of our shared history. Grades 3–8
Featured Teacher Programs
NMAI Education Team at the Smithsonian National Education Summit
July 16, 2024
Online

On July 16, members of the NMAI Education team will present a session at the 2024 Smithsonian National Education Summit titled "What's the Story with National Stories?"

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California Indian History Before and After the Gold Rush
July 23, 2024
Online

Take a deep dive with Dr. Khal Schneider (Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria) into the complex history behind the California gold rush. Recommended for teachers of grades 4–12.

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Teaching the Impact of the Gold Rush on Native Americans of California: A Source Investigation
July 24, 2024
Online

Experience NK360°’s newest online lesson about the California gold rush with Taylor Pennewell (Berry Creek Rancheria of Tyme Maidu Indians). Recommended for teachers of grades 4–12.

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Teaching the Impact of the Gold Rush on Native Americans of California: A Source Investigation
August 1, 2024
Graton Resort and Casino | Rohnert Park, California

Join the National Museum of the American Indian's education team at Graton Resort and Casino to explore the lesson "The Impact of the Gold Rush on Native Americans of California". Recommended for educators of grades 4 and up.

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Group Timed Entry
Group Self-Guided Timed Entry Reservations for the imagiNATIONS Activity Center in New York are available for July and August 2024.

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