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Lesson Plan

The relationship between Native nations and the U.S. federal government is important to understand. This mini-lesson provides an overview of tribal sovereignty from the past to the present. It also introduces students to the controversy surrounding the federal approval of construction projects that affect tribal land.

How to use this lesson: Use this lesson by itself or pair it with more iCivics resources, like the Supreme Court case Lyng v. Northwest Cemetery Protective Association (1988) or our Tribal Government lesson. For more suggestions, see the downloadable teacher resources below.

Teacher Resources

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Separate and Sovereign - Tribal Sovereignty Lesson Plan - What is Native Sovereignty?
Separate and Sovereign - Tribal Sovereignty Lesson Plan - Native Sovereignty Activities

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