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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Looking for an introduction to the Little Shell Tribe?

 We were delighted in December 2019, when the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians finally received federal recognition and we're delighted now to provide this 30-50-minute PPT lesson that provides a brief history of the tribe. Designed for grades 5-12, Recognized at Last: The Little Shell Chippewa is our most recent IEFA lesson plan that touches on Little Shell history. We consciously kept it brief, so it would be easy to fit into your current curriculum.

A longer lesson, created before the Little Shell received federal recognition, is "Montana's Landless Indians and the Assimilation Era of Federal Indian Policy: A Case of Contradiction." This week-long primary-source based unit for grades 10-12 is designed to introduce students to the history of the landless Métis, Cree, and Chippewa Indians in Montana between 1889 and 1916, while giving students an opportunity to do their own guided analysis of historical and primary source materials. 

Many Little Shell also identify as Métis. Others identify strictly as Chippewa. To understand the Little Shell's connection to the Métis, see the tribe's official website, Nicholas Vrooman's article, "The Persistence of the Little Shell People," in Distinctly Montana, and his longer and more detailed explanation in the Study Guide and Timeline OPI published to accompany his book, 'The Whole County Was ... One Robe': The Little Shell Tribe's America. 

For a introduction to Métis history for younger grades (grades 3-6), check out our 30-50 minute PPT lesson "Who Are the Métis?" 

P.S. Don't forget to register for our last online PD for the schoolyear, which will be held on April 20, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. The topic will be "The New Montana Content Standards for Social Studies." (Register here.)


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