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American Indian History, Language, and Culture Learner Outcomes Curriculum

American Indian Sovereignty Curriculum
American Indian Leadership Curriculum
American Indian Art Curriculum
American Indian Harmony and Balance Curriculum
American Indian Music and Dance Curriculum
American Indian Oral Traditions Curriculum
American Indian Family Life Curriculum
American Indian Contributions Curriculum

Books

American Indians Stereotypes & Realities
By Devon Mihesuah
ISBN - 0-932863-22-1

This is a great book for people who are just learning about American Indians. It contains many stereotypes that are believed about American Indians, in addition to factual information concerning that stereotype. I like it because it helps me to organize my thoughts when I am asked about stereotypes. This book is based on American Indian as a group (nation-wide). It is not specific to one tribe.

Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940
By Brenda Child
ISBN - 0-8032-6405-4

Brenda Childs is a Minnesota native who collected data concerning the boarding schools and the Red Lake nation. This book would be very useful as a classroom text to discuss the history of the boarding schools and the impact they have had on our communities.

Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928
By David Wallace Adams
ISBN 0-7006-0838-9

Many people have the belief that the boarding schools were an institution that happened hundreds and hundreds of years ago. This is not true, many of our family members, who are still living, attended boarding schools. They were not a happy place for our children. This book gives great detail about the policies that were written, and the effect these boarding schools had and still have in American Indian communities.

Reclaiming Youth At Risk: Our Hope for the Future
By Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, & Steve Van Bockern
ISBN - 1-879639-05

This book is a must have for educators who are working with children at risk. Brendtro, Brokenleg and Van Bockern integrate American Indian child-rearing practices and Western psychology into a model that supports children. It demonstrates the use of the "Circle of Courage" which provides youth a sense of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

The Good Path-Ojibwe Learning and Activity Book for Kids
By Thomas Peacock & Marlene Wisuri
ISBN - 1-890434-53-1

The "Good Path" is the Anishinabe way of believing and living a good life. It discusses how we must honor Gitchi Manito, honor elders, keep our promises, be kind and so much more. It is a great book written by a local community member, teacher and mentor. I like this book because, not only does it bring the Anishinabe way of believing out to others, but it also contains activities for students.

Turning on Learning: Five Approaches for Multicultural Teaching Plans for Race, Class, Gender and Disabilty.
By Carl Grant & Christine Sleeter
ISBN-0-471-39143-3

For those teachers who are truly interested in multicultural curriculum reform but are not sure how to achieve it, this book is for you. This book not only discuss the need of curricular reform but also gives before and after lesson plans that demonstrate how it can be done. This is a "spendy" book but so worthwhile.

"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
By Beverly Daniel Tatum, PH.D.
ISBN - 0 - 465-09129-6

This book discusses the stages our children can go through in their development of racial identity. Behaviors that parents and teachers may see as our children travel through these stages are also discussed. The book includes discussion on unhealthy racial identity development, which includes racelessness, emissary, and oppositional theory. This discussion will include thought processes and behaviors that may be reflected by our children, including the thought pattern that school is a "white thing". This theory supports the idea that the "culture of our students" needs to be seen in our schools and curriculum.

Bibliography of books reviewed annually in "The Circle News," a publication for American Indian news, arts, and culture covering the Minnesota and midwest area and national Native American issues. Click here for .pdf file containing bibliography of books reviewed from Dec. 2001- Dec. 2009 (17 pages)

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Websites

  • Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
    Contains useful information pertaining to treaty rights and conservation, current and archived issues of the GLIFWC publication, Mazina'igan. Teachers may order books, posters, videos, and other items to support classroom activities.
  • Bemaadizing: An Interdiscilinary Journal of Indigenous Life
    University of Minnesota Duluth online forum to explore and discuss the many facets of Native American life and worldviews from various academic disciplines.
  • National Center for Education Statistics
    The National Indian Education Study (NIES) is a two-part study designed to describe the condition of education for American Indian/Alaska Native students in the United States. It was conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the U.S. Department of Education, with the support of the U.S. Office of Indian Education. To read the study click on the link above.
  • The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers.
  • News From Indian Country
    News, job listings, classifieds, powwow listings, links, and more contributed by readers and members throughout North America.
  • Isuma TV
    An internet video portal for indigenous filmmakers, with unique indigenous-language content available 24/7. Our goal is to help films and filmmakers reach a wider audience; help audiences see themselves in their own languages; help communities connect around common concerns; and help worldwide viewers see indigenous reality from its own point of view.
  • Wikwemikongheritage.org
    The Wikwemikong Heritage Organization is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and enhancement of Anishnabeg culture through education and the participatory cultural opportunities with both Native and Non-Native people.
  • Bureau of Indian Education
    U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Ed.gov
    U.S. Department of Education
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    (BIA)
  • Focus on Effectiveness combines research-based techniques about effective instructional practices, and selected technology tools and recommendations for their use. Geared toward teaching English Language Learners and American Indian Students

Minnesota and Surrounding Area Reservation Sites: Local news, information, language lessons, activities, announcements and more

Scholarship Sites

  • American Indian Scholarship Online Application
    Information about applying to the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program
  • Scholarships.com
    Free and comprehensive scholarship search. Includes a page for single moms. Click on the site map for complete listing of search types. 
  • St. Scholastica Scholarships Homepage
    Links you to scholarships listed on the St. Scholastica website. Also find the FAFSA application, college admission form, loan application form, tuition and financial aid information.
  • Grants.gov
    Office of Indian Education Professional Development Grants Program

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Curriculum

NTP Curricula Collection

The NTP houses a collection of curricula integrating American Indian history, culture and language with all K-12 subjects.  It is available on loan to students, faculty and staff and includes lesson plans, teaching guides and resources for further study.

Other curriculum resources

  • Pow wow Trail DVD Video Series Education Package 11 DVD episodes containing a mix of oral history, documentary archival material, and modern developments - dominated by Native voices. To listen to exerpts: http://www.arborrecords.com/
  • Inashke! Ojibwemowin Behold! The Ojibwe Language An Ojibwe Language Tutorial on CD-ROM Created at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN With support from the Grotto Foundation, Inc. St. Paul, MN
  • Native American Books A compilations of resources, links to books, curriculum and book reviews collected by Paula Giese
  • Oyate Site where Native books, curriculum and reviews are available to the public. Some reviews are listed on the site, other complete books containing reviews and resources are available for sale.
  • Patrician Ningewance Home site for author of Talking Gookom's Language (Ojibwe language curriculum), Pocket Ojibwe phrasebook where the books and workbooks can be ordered.
  • American Indian Literature Literature and resources site compiled by Will Karkavelas of Osaka University.

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Research

  • Janet Zadina, PhD
    Dr. Zadina was a keynote speaker at the 2008 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) conference. Her brain research includes activity in the brain during language acquisition, among other things. Her work is very useful to teachers of all topics.
  • Office of Indian Education
    Research from the Office of Indian Education.

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Local American Indian Organizations

  • The People's Path Homepage is a listing of American Indian organizations in Minnesota
  • Center for American Indian Resources (CAIR) is a branch of Fond du Lac Human Services in Duluth. The field offices of Public Health Nursing, Social Services and Chemical Dependency are located at this site. In 1992 an outpatient medical clinic was established at the CAIR office.
  • Duluth LISC Community Development Corporations includes the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO)

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