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U.S. History: Native Americans: Home

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American Indian Historical Timeline

American Indian Historical Timeline

Summary compiled from The Rights of Indians and Tribes

by Stephen L. Pevar

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Your Assignment

Official government reports often utilized the term "white paper", indicating that the document is authoritative and informative in nature. Bureaucrats utilize white papers when they argue a specific position or propose a solution to a problem, addressing a politician on a specific policy position.

Assignment: Write a "white paper" report (2-3 pages) in which you put forward the results of your research and recommendations to the United States government.

Task: Research your Native American tribe and its region and compose a white paper in which you:

  • Provide an informative overview of your tribe and its relations with the United States.
  • Explain how and why the United States's approach was flawed.
  • Propose a solution for reconciliation between your tribe and the U.S. government today.

Tribes are listed by their popular Americanized name.

  • Sioux (1850-1877)
  • Nez Perce (1850-1877)
  • Apache (1870-1887)
  • Navajo (1855-1880)
  • Cheyenne (1848-1878)

Minimum source requirements:

  • 1 Reference source
  • 1 Secondary source
  • 1 Primary source
  • 1 Non-traditional source (video, audio, podcast, etc.)

Using NoodleTools, create your project, set up collaboration with your group members, and cite your sources in Chicago-Turabian style. When you cite a source, NoodleTools automatically generates a footnote to copy and paste into your paper.

 

 

READINGS

 

AN APOLOGY TO NATIVE AMERICANS (SPECIAL REPORT)

"An Apology to Native Americans (Special Report)." Issues & Controversies, Infobase, Sept. 2000.

 

NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS

"Native American Rights." In Gale Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2019. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints.

 

NATIVE AMERICANS IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA

Kinbacher, Kurt E. "Native Americans in Contemporary America." The Native Americans, Second Edition. Facts On File, 2017. Accessed January 17, 2021.