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Native Education - Curriculum Support Materials

These support materials work compatibly with standards-based curriculum. They augment and enrich the instructional and curricular approach of Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State.

History Tribal Perspectives

American History - an American Indian Comments
Unwritten Chapters

American Indian Urban Relocation -  developed by Shana Brown (Middle School)  Spanish Language Version

Columbus - Native American Perspective
An American Indian Perspective on Columbus

Columbus - Resource Kit for Teachers
Teaching About Columbus in 1992 and Beyond

Cultural Genocide and the Education of Native Americans
From Boarding Schools to Self Determination

Thanksgiving - Study and Discussion Questions and Ideas
Teaching About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Curriculum from the Coos County Indian Education Coordination Program
Thanksgiving. . . A Resource Guide/Indian Education Curriculum Unit

Native American Culture

Northwest Native American Reading Curriculum

The Northwest Native American Reading Curriculum is an interdisciplinary, research-based, culturally- relevant, supplemental curriculum that combines learning components for reading, writing, communication, and social studies.  This multimedia curriculum features three units:  Drum, Canoe, and Hunting and Gathering.  The curriculum was developed in a collaboration between the Evergreen Center for Educational Improvement at The Evergreen State College and the Office of Native Education at the Office of Superinendent of Public Instruction.

The weekly lesson plans are found within each unit folder: Drum, Canoe, Hunting and Gathering.

Northwest Native American Reading Curriculum - K-2 ELA Standards

Curriculum Support Material - Grades 7-12
Indians of Washington State

Food, Shelter, Clothing in Native American Culture + Guidelines to Evaluate Materials
Content and Activities for Teaching About Indians in Washington State (Grades K-6)

Mental, Spiritual, Cultural and Physical Aspects of the Sacred Circle
Breaking the Sacred Circle

Salmon Homecoming - Story-based Curriculum for Primary Environmental Education
One With the Watershed      Through Salmon Eyes Video

Native American Stories Science Education Connections

Roger Fernandes, a citizen of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, shares several tribal stories from tribes from across the state and region. Mr. Fernandes has been given permission by the tribes to tell these stories. In addition to the stories, this resource provides alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards and possible lesson suggestions on how these stories can be incorporated into the classroom.

  • Native American Stories Science Connections
  • Origin of Washington Names
  • Introduction video with Roger Fernandes
  • Native American Stories told by Roger Fernandes(link is external): (Click on "Native American Story Connections" and scroll down to "Stories." Mr. Fernandes has been given permission by the tribes to tell these stories.)
    • Blue-Jay and Bear (Chehalis, Western WA) 5.32 mins
    • Beaver and Mouse (Tulalip, Western WA) 3.38 mins
    • Changer and Dog Salmon (All tribes, Western WA) 2.27 mins
    • The Coming of Slahal  (All tribes, Western WA) 6.01 mins
    • Coyote and Bear (All tribes, Eastern WA) 2.33 mins
    • Father Ocean (All tribes, Western WA) 1.17 mins
    • The Gossiping Clam (Puget Sound, Western WA) 3.28 mins
    • I-i-esh (Yakama, Eastern WA) 7.15 mins
    • The Huckleberry Medicine (Puget Sound, Western WA) 3.00 mins
    • Columbia River Story (All tribes, Eastern WA) 7.48 mins
    • Coyote's Deal with the Wind  (Spokane. Eastern WA) 1.52 mins
    • How Fire Came to Earth (All tribes, Eastern WA) 5.11 mins

Cedar Box Teaching Toolkit

The Cedar Box Teaching Toolkit is an educational resource featuring important native foods in Salish Country and the rich cultural traditions that surround them. The foods were selected because of their high nutritional value, cultural significance, and reasonable availability.  The Cedar Box Teaching Toolkit is being generously shared by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.

Books and Other Curricular Materials

oyate is an organization of Native Americans that conducts a critical evaluation of books and curricula with Indian themes. Visit the site or contact staff to find out more.

Historical Archives, Professional Development, Learning Materials

As one of the Smithsonian's institutions, the National Museum of the American Indian is "committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site, at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum's publications, or via the Internet. 
National Museum of the American Indian