The Present: Nation Building
Indian people lived in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years, with salmon as a foundation for their culture, economy, and religion. There are many dates, names, and places that were important in establishing current tribal fishing rights. Students will define terms related to tribal fishing rights and interpret legal terms associated with Indian case law.
Students will evaluate important events in tribal fishing rights, select ten events that seem most important, and construct a timeline. They will make an accordion book to present their timelines.
Students will gather an artifact box filled with information, facts, photo evidence, and so on that an international environmental lawyer might use to defend indigenous water rights.
- What were the political, economic, and cultural forces that led to the treaties?
- What are the ways in which tribes respond to the threats and outside pressure to extinguish their cultures and independence?
- What are local tribes doing to meet the challenges of reservation life? What are these tribes, as sovereign nations, doing to meet the economic and cultural needs of their tribal communities?
High School CWP CCSS
Shana Brown (Yakama descendent)