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        Minnesota | Activity 7.3: Homesteading for the Dakota Indians

        Students learn about the Dakota conflict and how it impacts migration of American Indians across the states. Students answer questions about the assimilation of American Indians based on the video. Students analyze the idea of fairness of expecting assimilation.

        Lesson Summary

        Students learn about the Dakota conflict and how it impacts migration of American Indians across the states. Students answer questions about the assimilation of American Indians based on the video. Students analyze the idea of fairness of expecting assimilation.

        This unit is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 7: Iron, Lumber, and Milling" where students will assess how new technology and new people influenced the development of Minnesota during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        6.4.4.20.2: Analyze the causes and impact of migration and immigration on Minnesota society during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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        Directions

        1. Tell students that they will be watching a video about the homesteading of the Dakota Indians. Explain that “homesteading” is filing a legal claim to own land. Other terms the students should look for are “assimilate” and “Dakota conflict.”

        1. Distribute the Homesteading for the Dakota Indians handout. Instruct students to fold the paper in half, so they don’t see the bottom portion while watching the video. Instruct students to take notes about details as they watch this video. Remind students note-taking means writing down short details, so there’s no need for complete sentences. Note-taking highlights important ideas and details and allows students to come back later for further study.

        1. Play the video, Homesteading: Native American Homesteaders [3:21]. After viewing the video, have students use their notes to answer the questions on the handout.

        Answer Key

        1. Cattle, which the government forced them to lease or sell [0:43].

        2. Because American Indians weren’t considered equal, they had no legal standing to file a claim to own land [1:18].

        3. Because the government wanted American Indians to assimilate. Assimilation means changing your way of doing things, adopting the habits and customs of the dominant culture [2:29].

        4. Answers will vary.

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