Module 3. Our Story: Native Americans


Native Americans once lived relatively peaceful. Once Europeans made initial contact, they identified indigenous peoples as inferior, savage, and unworthy of the land they cultivated for countless years. Once the U.S. was established, Americans embarked on a campaign of conquest, removal, and relocation of Native Americans. After tribes were decimated by disease and war, the U.S. government shifted policies to assimilation.  Now, in the modern era, Native Americans are attempting to recover their culture and heritage, still working within U.S. institutions to reclaim tribal land and wealth.


  1. What kinds of societies existed in the Americas in pre-colonial times?
  2. Describe the initial interactions between Europeans and indigenous peoples. Where they positive or negative?  Who benefitted from these interactions?
  3. How did American westward expansion impact Native American populations?
  4. What ways did Native Americans assert their civil liberties during the civil rights protests of the 20th century?
  5. How has the government sought to repair and restore relations with Native Americans in modern times?


From the module, what information and new knowledge did I find interesting or useful? How do I plan to use this information and new knowledge in my personal and professional development and improvement?


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