learning objectives

  • Recognize that New York State is and always has been a Native place.
  • Recognize that stewardship of the land is a responsibility that we all share.
  • Acknowledge and respect Indigenous communities by continuing to learn about their cultures and by taking action to advocate for Native neighbors.
grades   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Subjects
Government & Civics, History, Social Studies
Essential Understandings

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.

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