America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans

Native Americans’ history has largely been ignored or subverted in America’s origin story. The narrative of Native American history in American history has largely been portrayed as that of the noble savage conquered by civilizing forces. Yet Native Americans have survived a 500-year genocidal program of US settler colonization and its aftermath. Native American’s extraordinary history is one of indigenous survival and resistance. These resources examine the untold history of Native Americans and their role in the history of this nation.

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VideoNative America history and raceNative America historyAmerica’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
LessonDiscovering Columbus: Re-reading the PastAnchor Lesson: How to engage students in a critical analysis of the textbook version of “discovery.”America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
ReadingThe Untold History of American Indian SlaveryHistory of American Indian SlaveryAmerica’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
LessonAndrew Jackson and the “Children of the Forest”A lesson in which students develop critical literacy skills by responding to Andrew Jackson’s speech on “Indian Removal.”America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
LessonThe Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role PlayRole play on the Cherokee-Seminole removal or Trail of Tears.America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans
ReadingAn Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United StatesIn An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military.America’s Other Original Sin: Native Americans