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K–12 Distance Learning Programs

Bring the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian to your classroom! Learn about the rich, complex, and dynamic histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere from anywhere with our new distance learning programs.

Virtual Field Trips
These live and interactive programs led by a museum educator focus on American Indian history, culture, and contemporary lives centered around specific topics. All programs are conducted over Microsoft Teams and can be booked through Microsoft's Skype in the Classroom website. Virtual field trips are FREE and should be reserved at least two weeks in advance. A variety of programs are available for K-12 students and a minimum of 10 students is required to register.
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Upcoming Webinars
Youth in Action: Conversations About our Future
Hear from young Native activists and changemakers from across the Western Hemisphere working towards equity and social justice for Indigenous peoples. Topics vary each month. These FREE webinars are targeted to middle and high school students and advance registration is required.
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Courtesy of Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Thursday, November 19, 2020


This November, for Native American Heritage Month, join us in a conversation with young Native foodies working to decolonize their diets and restore balance in their bodies and communities. Native food systems and agricultural practices were disrupted upon European settlement and the displacement of Native peoples from their lands. For the last century, new foods introduced by U.S. federal policy were unhealthy and substantially different from traditional diets. The introduction of unhealthy food, combined with uneven quality of and access to medical care, continues to leave many American Indians fighting an uphill battle for their health. Today we see many young people returning to traditional food sources and sustainable ways of living through political action and sustainable practice.

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(Re)Telling the American Story

Thursday, December 17, 2020


The American story has been profoundly shaped by Native Americans, yet the stories told about Native people are often false and almost always incomplete. From Pocahontas and Jamestown to the first Thanksgiving and Plymouth Colony, Indigenous peoples have rarely been the narrators of their own stories. Join us in a conversation with Native youth to learn how Native people are actively reshaping these narratives today.