A number of states require schools to teach all students about Native American tribes in their states, but few states support such requirements with a line item in their budgets. So teachers glean resources to teach about Native Americans wherever they can.
One possible resource for the classroom is a PBS series about Native Americans, “We Shall Remain,” which is also available on DVD. The series starts Monday, April 13, and continues for five episodes. The titles are “After the Mayflower,” “Tecumseh’s Vision,” “Trail of Tears,” “Geronimo,” and “Wounded Knee.” The promotional text for the series calls it a “provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history.”
That’s the same goal that some states have stated is a reason for requiring students to learn about tribes in their state.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.