Day 5

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    When the decision came down in Standing Bear v. Crook, Indians for the first time were granted rights as people. Explain how that could have changed the way that they could advocate for themselves, if the order had been carried out.

    Students should be encouraged to think in terms of rights that accrue to citizens that are otherwise unavailable to non-citizens, including the right to sue in court.

  2. 2

    What false promise were the Cheyennes given when they went to inspect the Indian Territory?

    They were told that they could return if they didn’t like it. Students should understand that the promise to return could have been either a misunderstanding or a betrayal...

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