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 At this point in the course, I’m sure you recognize the importance of trying to examine an issue from different angles. This time, we’re examining Native American history – specifically related to public policy.


· Provide a structure for perspective taking.

· Develop an empathetic response to another viewpoint.

· Help to understand that one’s perspective often shapes how events are understood.


For this activity, please complete all four steps in order, and then upload your completed document to the Scavenger Hunt Dropbox folder.

Step One

First, view the 15-minute video on Indian boarding schools by Gita Saedi Kiely entitled “Montana Mosaic: Indian Boarding Schools” at

Then, consider what you have just viewed form the Native American perspective, and answer the following five questions in the spaces provided. Each response must be at least 2-3 sentences.

How is the information about boarding schools connected to what you already knew?
What information did you learn that that extended or broadened your thinking in new directions?
What are at least TWO specific challenges did the Native American children have from having to attend these schools?
Discuss the concept of “assimilation” of the Native American from the perspective of the American government.
Explain the concept of “Survivors’ Syndrome” and how it affected students who attended the boarding schools.

Step Two

Compare and contrast the following two photos below by responding to each prompt in the space provided.

Photo 1: Apache children on arrival at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, wearing traditional clothing.

Image from the United States Army Signal Corps, available at The Arizona Historical Foundation

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What do you see in Photo 1?
What do you think is going on in Photo 1?
What does Photo 1 make you wonder?
Photo 2: Apache children at the Carlisle Indian School four months after arriving at the school.

Image from the United States Army Signal Corps, available at The Arizona Historical Foundation

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What do you see in Photo 2?
What do you think is going on in Photo 2?
What does Photo 2 make you wonder?

Step Three

Explore Native American education today. Read the description of the “Bureau of Indian Education” published on the website of the United States Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs at

In the spaces provided below, explain three major policy changes related to Native American education since 1921.


Step Four

Explore a figure from Native American history. Visit the Seminole Tribune’s “Tribal Founders’ Interview Series” at

The Seminole Tribe in Florida is the only tribe in America that never signed a peace treaty.

Select one of the five witnesses to the signing of the constitution of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and read the biography and comments of that person.

Respond to the following two questions in the space provided below.

Who is your chosen person?
What are three interesting facts that you learned about this person?