Westward Expansion: The Effects on Native Americans
These sites are about the effect of the westward movement on Native Americans. Learn about the changes in relationships between emigrants and Native Americans as well as Native Americans’ lives before and after the westward movement. Includes interview transcripts, primary documents, images, audio clips, lesson plans, suggested reading, and more. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Westward Expansion: Trails West, Native American Culture, and Literature: “Dear America” Native American Experience Books.
Native Americans on the Oregon Trail
Find out what caused the change in relationship between emigrants and Native Americans. Includes an audio reading. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Mountain Men and the Fur Trade
This site provides digital resources on the history of the fur trade in the Rockey Mountain West. There are primary resources including diaries, accounts, pictures, and more. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
Lewis and Clark: Native Americans
Use the menu of the left for exploring different tribes of Native Americans that had the most significant interactions with the Lewis and Clark expedition.
PBS: Lesson Plans
There are three lesson plans related to 'Lewis and Clark and Native Americans' under 'Social Studies'. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
The Price of Freedom: Western Indian Wars
Explore Federal Indian policies and conflicts that arose as Americans flooded west into the Great Plains. The stories focus on Sitting Bull, George Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn, the massacre at Wounded Knee, the resistance of Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apache, buffalo soldiers, and the realities of life on Indian Reservations. There are images and picture of artifacts.
Imapct of Westward Expansion on Native Americans and the Role of Government
THis five-page PDF file document analyzes the impact of the Westward expansion on Native Americans and the role of government.
PBS: American Experience: Transcontinental Road
Read an interview transcript from a professor of American Indian History talking about the impact of the white settlement as well as the impact of railroad on Native American life. NOTE: This site includes ads.
eThemes Resource: Westward Expansion: Trails West
These sites are about the Santa Fe, Overland, California, and the Mormon Pioneer trails. See pictures of the West in the 1800s and study maps of the trails. Read about life along the trails. Includes eThemes resources on the Oregon Trail and covered wagons. Watch a video on Arrow Rock, a stopping point on the way West.
eThemes Resource: Native American Culture
Learn more about the cultures of various Native American tribes. Some sites emphasize that these are "live" cultures because there are more than a million American Indians living today. Watch videos of a powwow, read biographies of famous Native Americans, and view paintings and photographs. Includes population statistics on the largest tribes and information about the controversy over the use of Native Americans as school mascots.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "Dear America" Native American Experience Books
These sites are about the Dear America books "The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow" by Ann Turner and "My Heart is on the Ground" by Ann Rinaldi. Both books focus on Native American girls in the eighteenth century. There are also links to help you learn about their tribes, the Navajos and the Sioux. There are links to eTheme Resources on Native Americans and Historical Fiction.