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U. S. History: Native Americans: Home

American Indian Historical Timeline

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/or region and identify the issues that would make it challenging for settlement of that region and/or construction of a continental railroad.

Tribes and Groups: Each group will examine a tribe and its region. Tribes are listed by their popular Americanized name;

  • Sioux (1850-1877)
  • Nez Perce (1850-1877)
  • Apache (1870-1887)
  • Navajo (1855-1880)
  • Cheyenne (1848-1878)
  • Ute (1849-1878)

Minimum source requirements:

  • 1 Reference source
  • 1 Secondary source
  • 2 Primary sources

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.