Day 2

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Was the reaction of the Indians to the cheating by the Americans in the horse race in 1861 appropriate given what occurred? (10 minutes).

    Students should eventually understand that the issue was not at all related to the horse race itself, but was instead tied into notions of honor and trust, both of which were violated by the cheating and which had long-term consequences for how the Navahos related to whites.

  2. 2

    Why does the author say that the Navahos fared best among the tribes in the resolution of their status, despite the fact that they were moved from their ancestral home?

    This is relatively short, but a follow-up can extend discussion. Students should...

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