Knowledge about Native American histories is essential for understanding the United States and the world we live in today. “We” includes Native Americans, who exist in the present day as modern peoples (plural) with a unique legal relationship to Federal and State governments. It includes non-Natives who benefit from these histories, whether we know them or not. The issues faced by Native Americans (American Indians) in the U.S. are similar to those faced by Indigenous peoples around the world because of their shared relationship to colonization. The primary focus of this website is on developing curriculum resources for the U.S. but it’s important to remember that Indigenous is global—past, present, and future.
We look forward to the time when Native American histories are included in state curriculums across the country, with funding for teacher training and resource development. More and better education is the key to solving many problems that seem intractable today.