- How does physical geography affect Northwest Tribes' culture, economy, and where they choose to settle and trade?
- What is the legal status of the Tribes who negotiated or who did not enter into United States treaties?
- 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 do local Tribes do to meet the challenges of reservation life: and, as sovereign nations, what do local Tribes do to meet the economic and cultural needs of their Tribal communities?
By the time Washington State students leave elementary school, they will:
- Understand that over 500 independent tribal nations exist within the United States today, and that they interact with the United States, as well as each other, on a government-to-government basis;
- Understand tribal sovereignty is "a way that tribes govern themselves in order to keep and support their ways of life";
- Understand that tribal sovereignty predates treaty times;
- Understand how the treaties that tribal nations entered into with the United States government limited their sovereignty; and
- Identify the names and locations of tribes in their area.