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Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State
This curriculum is a result of House Bill 1495, which officially recommended inclusion of tribal history in all common schools.

Governors Office of Indian Affairs: From Where the Sun Rises
Addressing the Educational Achievement of Native Americans in Washington State

The National Museum of the American Indian
This site features curriculum, online teacher trainings, and free teaching posters.

Unwritten Chapters (PDF)
An American Indian Comments on American History

One With the Watershed (PDF)
A Salmon Homecoming Story-based Curriculum for Primary Environmental Education

Breaking the Sacred Circle (PDF)
An exploration of the mental, spiritual, cultural and physical aspects of the Sacred Circle.

From Boarding Schools to Self Determination (PDF)
The American Indian and Alaskan Native educational systems during the intrusion process.

Teaching About Thanksgiving (PDF)
Includes study and discussion questions and ideas for enrichment.

Thanksgiving. . . A Resource Guide/Indian Education Curriculum Unit
Indian-subject curriculum developed by the Coos County Indian Education Coordination Program.

Content and Activities for Teaching About Indians in Washington State (Grades K-6) (PDF)
Topics include Food, Shelter, Clothing. Also includes guidelines for evaluating and selecting American Indian materials.

Indians of Washington State (Grades 7-12) (PDF)
Curriculum for grades 7-12.

An American Indian Perspective on Columbus (PDF)
An Indian Education curriculum unit

Teaching About Columbus in 1992 and Beyond (PDF)
A resource packet for teachers

Video: A shared History - The Story of House Bill 1495 (Windows Media) (mov 47.7 MB)


The following texts are recommended by OYATE, a Native organization devoted to critical evaluation of books and curricula with Indian themes:

1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving, by Catherine O’Neill Grace & Margaret B. Bruchac with Plimoth Plantation; published by Scholastic Inc.

Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective, by Doris Seale, Beverly Slapin, and Carolyn Silverman, eds., Berkeley: Oyate, 1998, teacher resource

Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition, by Sally M. Hunter, Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1997, grades 4-6

Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition, by Russell M. Peters, Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992, grades 4-6

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message, by Jake Swamp, New York: Lee & Low, 1995, all grades

Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking, by Laura Waterman Wittstock, Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1993, grades 4-6

Designed by Roger Fernandes, a member of the Lower Elwha Band of Klallam Indians.

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