This lesson correlates to the National History Standards.
This lesson correlates to the National Standards for Civics and Government.
This lesson relates to the powers granted to Congress in Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, related to making laws.
Share this exercise with your history, government, global studies, and music colleagues.
After the groups have completed the assignment, review their responses and discuss any questions that they raise. Record their questions on a piece of large poster board to refer to or explore later. Ask students to read their textbooks to find information about the purpose for establishing reservations. Instruct students, working in their groups, to list reasons for and against setting aside communal land for tribes. Ask students what problems they think would result from this federal policy.
The maps included in this project are from Record Group 49, Records of the General Land Office. They are available online through the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) Identifiers:
The two textual documents come from Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
ARC replaces its prototype, the NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL). You can still perform a keyword, digitized image and location search. ARC's advanced functionalities also allow you to search by organization, person, or topic.
ARC is a searchable database that contains information about a wide variety of NARA holdings across the country. You can use ARC to search record descriptions by keywords or topics and retrieve digital copies of selected textual documents, photographs, maps, and sound recordings related to thousands of topics.
Currently, about 20% of NARA's vast holdings have been described in ARC. 124,000 digital images can be searched in ARC. In keeping with NARA's Strategic Plan, the percentage of holdings described in ARC will grow continually.
Additional documents related to United States v. Thomas Cooper are available in the Bill of Rights Teaching Packet available for purchase from the National Archives.
This article was written by Kerry C. Kelly, a teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ.