We Are Still Here
This book is unbelievable! It is a comprehensive resource that can be use to help synthesize historical events and present day Indigenous resistance efforts. It teaches students important concepts like assimilation, relocation, language revival and so much more. It also can provide examples to students for ways to work for positive change in their communities. Use this text to begin a deep exploration of Indigenous history and resistance and inspire kids to develop authentic relationships with nearby Indigenous Nations.
Social Justice Activities:
Study the websites of your local Tribal Nations and search for language that reinforces concepts learned from the book. Find ways to assist with the activism work the communities are focused on, however small.
(For 4th grade and up) There are 12 concepts/events taught in the text. Before reading the text, have students work with partners to study a concept/event and share what they learn with the class. Allow them to share orally, through a drawing or by creating a google slide.
To understand Removal deeper, Use Native 360's resources to develop lessons.
Main Idea/Details: Analyze the main ideas and details of each concept/event.
Compare: Compare this text with, "We Are Water Protectors." How does this text help us understand, "We Are Water Protectors," better?
Timeline: explore the timeline in the back of the text. For older students, have them choose an event to research further.
Synthesizing: Considering hosting an event similar to what is illustrated on page 30.