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U.S. History: White Paper Project: Home

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American Indian Historical Timeline

Summary compiled from

The Rights of Indians and Tribes

by Stephen L. Pevar

 

Mr. Pevar's book is on reserve:

Your Assignment

Official government reports, known as "white papers", do several things: inform others of an issue, take a position on that issue, and propose potential solutions to that issue.

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 (encyclopedia)
  • 1 Secondary source book or journal article
  • 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

 

NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS

"Native American Rights." In Gale Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2021. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints. Accessed January 3, 2022.

 

NATIVE AMERICANS IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA

Kinbacher, Kurt E. "Native Americans in Contemporary America." The Native Americans, Second Edition. Facts On File, 2017. American Indian History. Accessed January 3, 2022.

 

 

AN APOLOGY TO NATIVE AMERICANS (SPECIAL REPORT)

To access, click here to open the database Issues and Controversies. Then copy and paste "apology to Native Americans" in the search box at the top of the database homepage. You will get a result list of 3 items, and the "Apology..." is the first item. Click on it to open the article.

    "An Apology to Native Americans (Special Report)." Issues & Controversies, September 1, 2000.