Subject: Social Studies—Geography

Grade: K-12

Topic: Migration/Landscape memory

Content: Students will look at slide show of Apsáalooke origins and learn more about the migration of the Apsáalooke.

Goals: Students will better understand the history of the Apsáalooke.


Social Studies Standard 3: Students apply geographic knowledge and skills (e.g., location, place, human/environment interactions, movement, and regions).

Social Studies Standard 4: Students demonstrate an understanding of the effects of time, continuity, and change on historical and future perspectives and relationships.

Social Studies Standard 6: Students demonstrate an understanding of the impact of human interaction and cultural diversity on societies.

Essential Understanding 1: There is great diversity among the 12 tribal Nations of Montana in their languages, cultures, histories and governments. Each Nation has a distinct and unique cultural heritage that contributes to modern Montana.

Essential Understanding 2: There is great diversity among individual American Indians as identity is developed, defined and redefined by entities, organizations and people. A continuum of Indian identity, unique to each individual, ranges from assimilated to traditional. There is no generic American Indian.

Essential Understanding 4: Reservations are lands that have been reserved by the tribes for their own use through treaties, statutes, and executive orders and were not “given” to them. The principle that land should be acquired from the Indians only through their consent with treaties involved three assumptions: I. Both parties to treaties were sovereign powers. II. Indian tribes had some form of transferable title to the land. III. Acquisition of Indian lands was solely a government matter not to be left to individual colonies. Essential Understanding 6: History is a story most often related through the subjective experience of the teller. With the inclusion of more and varied voices, histories are being rediscovered and revised. History told from an Indian perspective frequently conflicts with the stories mainstream historians tell.

Objectives: After completing this lesson students will be able to explain the migrations of the Apsáalooke.

Materials: Lesson plan and virtual tour

Introduction: Students will watch the slide show of Apsáalooke Country and its origins.

Development: Students will have a better understanding of the Apsáalooke.

Practice: Students will watch slide show of Apsáalooke migrations and then track it on a United States Map.

Checking for Understanding/Evaluation: Students will turn in maps of migration.

Closure: Students will discuss the history of migration of Apsáalooke.