Recommended Websites

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian:

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is unusual because unlike most of the other Smithsonian museums it has two locations.  The main museum is in Washington D.C.  And there is the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City.  The website has many online educational resources that provide interesting content.  The goal of the museum is to be native centered, so it differs from traditional museums because it prioritizes the voices of native people, both past and present.  The museum is part of a wider Smithsonian initiative called Many Lenses. Done in conjunction with the National Museum of African American History and National Museum of American History, Many Lenses takes an object, or series of objects, from one of the museums’ holdings and offers short essays that analyze the significance of the object from perspectives aligned with the peoples associated with each museum’s thematic mission. The essays are short, and thus might be useful to using in a classroom setting. For instance, the exhibit, “An Evolution of Expression,” which addresses quilting in American history, could be used as an interesting, if indirect, way of accessing family history and potentially useful as an extension or introductory/hook activity.  The museum  The NMAI’s “Native Knowledge: 360 Degrees” provides accurate information for educators about native history and contemporary issues.

Project 562:

“Created by Matika Wilbur, Project 562 is a multi-year national photography project dedicated to photographing over 562 federally recognized tribes in The United States resulting in an unprecedented repository of imagery and oral histories that accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans.”  Includes many excellent blogs.

California Indian History Curriculum Coalition:

“The California Indian History Curriculum Coalition (CIHCC) was given birth under the umbrella of the annual California Indian Conference (CIC) and was conceptualized in 2014 at CSU San Bernardino’s CIC. The informal coalition of educators, tribal scholars and native activists are promoting the implementation of California Indian Curriculum Summits. The goal of the Coalition is to promote the creation, adoption and implementation of California Indian-vetted curricula. In collaboration with public/private school educators, the focus is to infuse California Indian voice in the content of what our children learn in school.”

America in Class (National Humanities Center)

Education website devoted to providing resources for instruction of primary and secondary sources and to Common Core State Standards.

PBS Native American History Month

A collection of resources, including films, on historic and contemporary Native America:

Library of Congress:

Probably the best archive for primary sources related to US (and even world) history. In addition to an extensive collection of digitized primary sources, LoC also offers a number of other teacher resources through its “Teachers” portal (see link above). Through the “Teachers” portal, educators can access a wide range of primary sources and lesson plans aligned to individual state standards. To find lesson plans according to the California standards, insert the requisite information into the search fields on the Teachers page.


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