American Indian Removal
What would you do to protect the things you value? American Indian tribal leaders were faced with this dilemma following the passage of the 1830 Indian Removal Act. In this program, students will consider this question and draw on their own experiences to come to a decision. By examining their own feelings and opinions, students will be better positioned to empathize with the choices American Indian tribal leaders made when faced with removal.
This program is associated with the Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and Native Nations exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
- Learn more about the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
- Understand that, in response to the Indian Removal Act, Native nations acted strategically and had to make many difficult choices in order to protect their people and nations.
- Examine your own feelings and opinions through an empathy-building activity where you're faced with a government mandate to move.
2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.
6: Power, Authority, and Governance
American Indians devised and have always lived under a variety of complex systems of government. Tribal governments faced rapid and devastating change as a result of European colonization and the development of the United States. Tribes today still govern their own affairs and maintain a government-to-government relationship with the United States and other governments.
College, Career & Civic Life—C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standard(s):
Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
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