The newsletters attached were part of the Professional Development used during the 2011-12 school year. Each newsletter includes an article on topic listed along with website resources to use in the classroom.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Native American History Walter Fleming, MSU Bozeman, ISBN 0028644697
Lies My Teacher Told Me James Loewen, ISBN 0684818868
Rethinking Columbus edited by Bigelow & Peterson, ISBN 094296120
Widening the Circle: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for American Indian Children Klug & Whitfield, ISBN 0415935105
Collected Wisdom: American Indian Education Cleary & Peacock, ISBN 0205267572
Itunes Store These are archived video clips that are listed on the Montana OPI site. The one entitled Power of the Drum does a great job explaining the importance of the drum and song to native peoples.
Itunes U This website link will take you to all of the podcasts that have been published by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If you look under What's New (click see all), there are many Native American Language audio clips including BLACKFEET AND CROW STAR STORIES, FLAG SONGS, SEASONS and GREETINGS.
Games and Activities
The games and activities linked here will assist with teaching American Indian Culture in the classroom
Evaluating American Indian Materials and Resources This resource provided by Montana OPI can be used to evaluate American Indian Resources for authenticity.
Oyate This online resource provides book reviews for American Indian Literature. It provides useful information about American Indian histories portrayed with honesty and integrity.
Montana Tribal History: Educators Resource Guide with Companion DVD that was developed by Julie Cajune. This resource guide can be located at many district libraries or ordered from OPI. It includes background information on a variety of topics from Tribal perspective along with teacher friendly lesson plans. Topics covered: Tribal Creation Stories and Traditional Life; Colonization, Epidemics, Traders, Horses and Guns; Treaty Period: Sovereignty and A Promise; Reservation Period: Confinement; Boarding Schools: The Abduction of Children; Allotment and Homesteading: Losing the Land; Indian Reorganization Act: The Indian New Deal; Relocation and Termination: Going, Going, Gone; Self Determination: Montana Tribes Today; and Montana Tribal History Timelines. The DVD includes many primary source documents that could be used with students.
Apsaalooke Tribal History Project This link will take you to the Little Bighorn College Site. At this main page you will find a link to the Tribal history project of the Apsaalooke Nation. Additional information is given on Crow Place Names. Finally, valuable information on Crow Fair is listed under Crow Resources.
MontanaTribes.org Developed through a partnership with Montana Opi and the U of M Regional Learning Center, this site provides several great resources. First, under resources and links there is a link to each of the tribal website in Montana. Next, under Learning Activities there are several mapping activities along with the audio pronunciation of each tribal original name. Finally, under the digital archives section there are short video clips that support each of the Essential Understandings.
Primary Resource Review Sheets This website from the National Archives and Records Administration provides templates for students to use when reviewing primary resource documents. The templates are specific to the type of document you are reviewing (photographs, posters written documents, videos ect.) Additionally, it has several lessons in all areas of U.S. History.
Montana Primary Resources This site provides primary resource lessons for the State of Montana which include several that would support IEFA.
Western Heritage Center The Fun for Kids section of this site provides an interactive with languages of both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne nations. Additionally, in the Online Exhibit Section there is a section called "Expressions" which provides interviews with Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal members.
Bringing the Story of the Cheyenne People to the Children fo Today This resource from OPI includes a Social Studies resource unit for teaching about the Northern Cheyenne Nation. This K-12 unit was developed by the Northern Cheyenne Curriculum Committee and include many primary resources.