Living in Native New York
New York State is and always has been a Native place. For Native New Yorkers, "home" underwent rapid changes after the arrival of European colonists. While some tribes left New York, others remained. Outside Native communities moved into the region, seeking alliances and new homes. What is our responsibility to this shared place called New York today? In this program, students will learn about at least two Native nations that have maintained, and continue to preserve, their connections to their New York home in the face of adversity and change.
This program is associated with the upcoming Native New York exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, N.Y.
- Recognize that New York State is and always has been a Native place.
- Understand that, after European colonists arrived, Native people and nations persisted and adapted in the face of adversity and change.
- Realize that Native nations and people are living in all parts of New York State.
- Realize that home and the identities connected with home help shape who we are.
- Recognize that caring for your home means continuing to learn and to take action.
5: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
American Indians have always operated and interacted within self-defined social structures that include institutions, societies, and organizations, each with specific functions. These social structures have shaped the lives and histories of American Indians through the present day. Today, because of treaties, court decisions, and statutes, tribal governments maintain a unique relationship with federal and state governments.
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.
Use the calendar below to request a virtual field trip. Programs must be requested at least 7 days in advance. All program times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
As part of the registration process, you will be asked to confirm your program theme. NMAI staff will review your program request and contact you to confirm whether your request can be accommodated.
We recommend scheduling a test call with us before your program. You will be able to request a test call on the registration form.
Questions? Contact Group Reservations at NMAI-NYeducators@si.edu.