Indigenous Peoples Month Resources

November 16, 2020

November is Indigenous Peoples Month (also known as Native American Heritage Month)an opportunity to learn about indigenous peoples' history, culture, and perspectives. 

Lessons on Indigenous Peoples and Issues

Indigenous Peoples' Defense of Water - and Life
This lesson allows students to deepen their understanding of an aspect of Indigenous peoples' relationship with the earth. Students engage with two short films about peoples’ resistance to the privatization and loss of access to clean drinking water.

Creating a Class Land Acknowledgment Statement
Students learn about the growing effort to acknowledge the Indigenous people whose lands we inhabit - and create their own land acknowledgment statement. 

Acknowledging and Expressing Gratitude to Indigenous People
Morningside Center's statement also includes additional resources on land acknowledgment. 

Thanksgiving: Exploring Perspectives
Students consider facts, myths and perspectives about Thanksgiving Day, including Native American perspectives.   

The Navajo Code Breakers: A Lesson in Historical Empathy.
Students learn about Chester Nez, the World War 2 Navajo code talker. They consider why he was willing to help the U.S. war effort despite the terrible bigotry that he had endured. Through small group activities, students put themselves in Nez's place to encourage them to empathize with others, and consider how past wrongs can be remedied.


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