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        Montana | Activity 3.2: Montana Indian Territories Past and Present

        Students study two maps of Montana Indian Reservation boundaries. They learn about the differences in American Indian territories past and present, and compare maps of territories in the past and present.

        Lesson Summary

        Students study two maps of Montana Indian Reservation boundaries. They learn about the differences in American Indian territories past and present. Students compare maps of territories in the past and present.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Montana | Unit 3: American Indians" where students will investigate how American Indians were able to thrive before the arrival of Europeans and learn about their current concerns.

        Time Allotment

        15 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards:

        3.5: Use appropriate geographic resources (e.g., atlases, databases, charts, grid systems, technology, graphs, maps) to gather information about local communities, reservations, Montana, the United States, and the world.

        4.7: Explain the history, culture, and current status of the American Indian tribes in Montana and the United States.

        Supplemental Standards: 

        Helena District 3.5: Use maps, atlases, graphs, and charts to gather and interpret information about Montana, including Montana Indian reservations.

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        Directions

        1. Explain to students that many American Indian nations once occupied the land that makes up Montana. There were nations such as the Blackfeet, Crow, and Sioux in the East, and the Kootenai, Shoshone, and Salish in the West. Distribute the associated handout, American Indian Nations of Montana, which compares two maps.
        2. Describe how one map shows American Indians in Montana in the 1800s, while the other map shows the map of present-day American Indian reservations in Montana.
        3. Project the Contemporary Montana map. This map shows the main cities and some landforms in the state. Keep this image up as students answer questions on the handout. Allow 5–10 minutes to finish.

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