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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 Webinar
The Navajo Treaty of 1868
This new recording introduces educators to an inquiry-based approach to examining treaties as primary source documents in the classroom. Grade: Middle School
Featured Teacher and Student Programs
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California Indian History Before and After the Gold Rush
July 23, 2024

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

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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2024 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Curriculum Teach-In
September 28, 2024
Washington, DC

The eighth annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Curriculum Teach-In, in collaboration with Teaching for Change, is an opportunity for educators to convene in person and strategize ways to uplift Native voices by bringing them directly into the classroom. Recommended for teachers of grades K–12.

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Explore workshops designed to equip teachers with critical concepts and engaging pedagogy to support a transformation in teaching and learning about Native Americans.
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Group Timed Entry
Group Self-Guided Timed Entry Reservations for the imagiNATIONS Activity Center in New York are available for May and June 2024.

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