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California Native American Day
Friday,  September 27, 2013

  • California Native American Day was established as an official state holiday in 1998. Today, all California schools recognize the fourth Friday in September as the official Native American holiday.
  • Events held at USCD during the months of September and October.
  • The Kumeyaay Info Website is an excellent website that provides research and links for all the local Native American Bands/Tribes of the San Diego area.


Read this First:
Teaching Respect for Native Peoples

  • The National Museum of the American Indian has published an excellent guide outlining the Native American perspective we need to understand before teaching about Native Americans or Thanksgiving.

  • has published teaching guidelines from Oyate, a Native organization whose goal is to insure that native peoples' histories are portrayed honestly and accurately.

Online Lesson Plans (PreK-12)

Click here for the official California Native American Day web site It includes links, resources, news, lesson plans and announcements.

Online Projects Grades PreK-8

Students can conduct research and then interview an anthropologist, learning more about three Native American tribes who are working to protect the wild salmon in the Skagit River.

The Earthwatch Institute and Scholastic have teamed up to create a website of information and research projects about Native American Cultures of New Mexico, Utah, and Washington.

Students can participate in a research project on the Anasazi and Pueblo Indians at a web site created by Scholastic and Grolier.

Visit the Kids Guide to the Kumeyaay for research projects and information for students on the Kumeyaay Band of Native Americans

SASinSchool Software Grades 9-12 
Web Version

For information on how access this outstanding software purchased by PUSD, check your email for updated information.  Using the Social Studies and Literature link guides below, navigate to the lessons that would be best for your students.

Social Studies> US History > Native American History

This section has the following components:

Native American Tribal Governments (QL #611):  In this web lesson, students compare tribal governments of several Native American tribes to the government of the United States

The Great Plains Indian Wars (QL #1130):  In this classroom activity, students research five military encounters between the United States government and Native American tribes on the Great Plains in the late 1800s. Students discuss the legacy of each conflict.

Early North American Civilizations (QL #1342): Learn about Native American societies before 1500 by studying what archeologists know about early Native American Societies.

Indian Removal Act of 1830 (QL #31):  In this Web Inquiry, students research the government's attempt to assimilate Native Americans through education programs at the turn of the 20th century. Students then write an essay analyzing the impact of this movement on Native American children and culture.

The Native American Reeducation Movement (QL #200): Students research the government's attempt to assimilate Native Americans through education programs at the turn of the 20th century and the impact of this movement on Native American children and culture.

English > American Literature> Native American Literature

Charles Eastman, Native American (QL #557):  In this web lesson, students explore the writings of Charles Eastman (1858-1939), a Santee Sioux educated at Dartmouth College and the Boston Medical School . Students read selections from Indian Boyhood to identify details of 19th-century Indian life and the changes brought to Indian culture as the West was settled by European Americans.

Language and Voice in Hogan's Power (QL #1081):  In this classroom activity, students examine the way language is used to develop the theme of survival in Power by Linda Hogan. They do an analytical reading of one short passage, focusing on how the novel's narrative voice is defined by the use of tone, dramatic scene, syntax, imagery, and narrative method. Applying these skills in close reading, they discuss the way language reveals the network of social and blood relationships, history, and memories that make up Chickasaw culture. Students write an analytical essay on the relationship of the narrator and the panther, and they compose an original narrative sketch about a totem animal that represents the spirit of their own class and school community.

Native American Responses to Loss (QL #349):  In this project, students examine The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday along with excerpts from other Native American literary responses to the loss of lands and identity. Together these selections illustrate both traditional and nontraditional Native American literary and rhetorical patterns. Students analyze the way each author uses rhetorical forms to construct a positive and powerful Native American identity for a non-Native American audience. Working collaboratively, students plan and present a conference on these works, organized around a theme of their choice.

Discovering Native American Writers (QL #1363):  Learn about the challenges Native Americans face in honoring their traditions while building their future. This InterActivity introduces students to the culture, themes, and stylistic devices associated with Native American literature. In the opening Focus section, students examine images and respond to questions that prepare for reading. In the Explore section, students read and may listen to short quotations by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Charles A. Eastman Ohiyesa, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, and Linda Hogan. Interpretive aids help students analyze themes and stylistic devices in these passages. In Respond, students apply their learning in an independent analysis of an excerpt from N. Scott Momaday's "The Man Made of Words."

Discovery Education Videos

Login to the Discovery Education site
with your Discovery Education login.  Search for key words: Native American and then filter by grade and subject area for videos, photos, articles, and images. (There are 1,500 videos and video segments you can further filter by grade level or Standard.)


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