The Power of Place: Place-Based Approaches to Researching Indigenous Montana Histories No Rating

Model Student Research Project, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Middle and Secondary Level with Montana Common Core Anchor Standards. Written by Casey Olsen, 2015.

Overview Montana Code Annotated 20-1-501 states it is the Montana legislature’s intent that “… (a) every Montanan, whether Indian or non-Indian, be encouraged to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians in a culturally responsive manner; and (b) every educational agency and all educational personnel will work cooperatively with Montana tribes or those tribes that are in close proximity, …” This model student research project is intended to help Montana teachers accomplish this professional responsibility, in a manner that is meaningful and even transformational, by conducting research with their students about local Native American histories in their community. The Power of Place is intended to provide teachers with flexible guidance through the challenging and rewarding process of researching local histories and landscapes with their students.

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Power of Place

Teaching Objectives

  1. Montana Common Core Standards (for details see Appendix A)
  2. Indian Education for All Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians (for details see Appendix B)
  3. Model Student Research Project: “The Crow Tribe’s Influence in Stillwater County” a. Researching Local Native American History b. Sharing What We Learned With Others
  4. Themes and Topics a. Montana History, Community History, and Tribal History b. How Tribal Histories and Traditions have Shaped Modern Montana c. Understanding the Present Through the Context of the Past d. Community and Identity e. Overcoming Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Racism f. The Local Museum’s Mission.
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