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        Idaho | Activity 7.2: The Original Idahoans: Idaho’s American Indian Tribes of Today

        Unit 7: Territory-to-State

        This Unit will look at the key turning points that led to Idaho evolving into the 43rd state of the Union. Students will learn that statehood was a complex process and not an inevitable historical outcome.


        Lesson Summary

        Students learn about the federally recognized American Indian tribes that reside in Idaho as well as the boundaries of their reservations. 



        4.SS.1.3.1 Identify American Indian tribes in Idaho: Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and current reservation boundaries. 

        4.SS.1.3.2 Discuss that although there are five federally recognized tribes in Idaho, there are many others in the state.

        Time Allotment

        15 minutes



        1. Briefly touch on how before the United States began to form, American Indians lived on this land for centuries. During our growth and Westward Expansion, our government set aside land as reservations for the tribes to live on. 
        2. Today Idaho is home to five federally recognized tribes. See if the class can name any, and introduce the five names: Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
        3. Tell students to keep in mind there are many tribes that aren’t federally recognized that live in Idaho, too. See if anyone can name examples. If not, give them a couple: Delwares of Idaho, Cherokees of Idaho.
        4. Distribute the Idaho’s American Indian Reservations handout with the map and data set of current tribal reservations in Idaho. Have the students answer the questions on the worksheet.

        Answer Key

        1. (a) Nez Perce (b) Kootenai
        2. Shoshone-Bannock
        3. Kootenai



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