- How does the 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, do to meet the economic and cultural needs of their Tribal communities?
By the time Washington State students leave high school, they will:
- recognize landmark court decisions and legislation that affected and continue to affect Tribal sovereignty;
- understand that Tribal sovereignty protects Tribes' ways of life and the development of their nations;
- understand that Tribal, state, and federal agencies often work together toward the same goal;
- explain the governmental structure of at least one Tribe in their community; and
- distinguish between federally and non-federally recognized Tribes.