to American Indian Issues: An Introductory and Curricular Guide for Educators. Between 1997-2001, this website was supported by the American Indian Civics Project (AICP), a project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Native American Higher Education Initiative. During those years, the Center for Indian Community Development (CICD) at Humboldt State University (HSU) in Northern California provided the expertise, design, and ongoing maintainence of this website.
Between 2001-2009, maintenance and updating the website was sporadic. However, in early 2010, the Wild Rivers Teaching American History (WRTAH) grant operated by the Del Norte County Unified School District assumed support of the website. Under this new sponsorship, technological and design responsibilites belong to Colby Smart, while content, updates, and maintenance belong to the website's original author, Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer.
1. Historical Overview. This historical narrative discusses the relationship between the federal government and North American Indian nations through three periods: Colonial America, 19th Century, and 20th Century. This section is specifically designed to supplement the lesson plans in this web site and, as such, will be helpful to teachers as well as students who wish to learn more about the topic.
2. Lesson Plans. This section presents a series of short 2-6 day lesson plans on special topics that have historical and contemporary significance within Indian Country. While each lesson is designed for specifically-stated days of classroom time, each may be made into shorter or longer lessons according to teacher and student interest.
Each of the lesson plans follow the same format:
Five lesson plans are available:
3. About this Site provides information about those responsible for writing and maintaining this web site, as well as about the Wild River Teaching American History Grant.