The Right of Indigneous Peoples in the United States

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The sovereignty of U.S. Native American nations is the focus of a resource that asks class members to compare the Right to Self-Determination in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with a fact sheet that details the rights of indigenous peoples in the U.S. After examining current policies that limit this sovereignty, individuals propose changes that would better recognize indigenous sovereignty.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Download the attached factsheet and prepare individual copies for class members
  • Preview Chris Eyre's film Smoke Signals to determine if appropriate for class viewing
  • Have groups investigate recent controversies about indigenous nations sovereignty including the Dakota pipeline, and building projects of the Chumash in California
  • Assign class members to read and compare reading passages out of class before returning for a discussion of the contrasts in the two documents
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies of multiple handouts
  • Establish a protocol for a safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues

 

Pros

  • The 10-page packet includes a detailed plan, activities, and handouts of the passages
  • The packet also includes suggestions for how individuals can get involved

 

Cons

  • None