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Exploring Federal Policy About Native Americans in the Late 1800s

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Resource Description

Students will examine three primary sources — two photographs of Native American youths, one before and one after their enrollment in a boarding school in 1886, and an excerpt from an 1890 report on federal policy regarding Native American assimilation — to understand the lives of young Native Americans during this time in history.

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Suggested Grade Level


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Approximate Time Required

45 minutes

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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to gather information from primary sources.
  • Students will be able to explain federal post-Civil War policy for Native Americans and discuss its effects on Native American youths.

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Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 5 pages
  • A teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites.

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Activity Items

The following items are part of this activity. Items, their sources, and any relevant instructions for viewing them
online appear at the end of this teacher version.

  • Chiricahua Apache Upon Arrival at Carlisle Indian School
  • Chiricahua Apache Four Months After Arriving at Carlisle Indian School
  • Report on Indians Taxed and Indians Not Taxed in the United States (Except Alaska) at the Eleventh Census: 1890

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will interpret primary sources to understand federal policy about Native Americans after the Civil War.


High School History


  • Federal Indian policy
  • Native Americans
  • Post-Civil War

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing historical photographs
  • Comparing and contrasting
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