Virtual Capitol Extension Lessons

9. Extension Lesson: Standing Bear: Native American Citizen

PURPOSE: During most of the 1800s, Native Americans (the First Americans) were not considered American citizens, even though they were born here. Instead, they were eventually confined to reservations and sometimes forcibly moved to other reservations in Oklahoma and other areas. When Standing Bear and some of his Ponca people tried to return to their homeland in Nebraska in 1879, they were arrested. Instead of resisting, Chief Standing Bear chose to take a nonviolent action that would start to change things for all Native Americans, even though actual citizenship would not be granted until 1924.

09: Memorial Chamber

Standing Bear: Ideal of Freedom

What You Need

Session 1: Citizenship & Public Service - 20 Minutes
Poster

The Ideal of Freedom
PDF 2 pgs. (tabloid)

1.1

Discussion

Teaching Poster
PDF 1 pg.

1.2

Session 2: The Trial Standing Bear - 20 Minutes
Session 3: Commemorative Art - Two 40 Minute Sessions
Art Activity

Photograph & Grid Method
PDF 2 pgs.

3.1

SESSION 4: ADDITIONAL LESSON PLANS
Resource

Civic Participation
PDF 4pgs

4.1

Resource

Public Service - Memorial Chamber
PDF 9pgs

4.2

Resource

Honoring Nebraskans for their Service
PDF 15pgs

4.3

Resource

Civil War and Public Service
PDF 6pgs

4.4

Show What You Know

Session 5: Celebration - 20 Minutes
Show What You Know

Display Artwork
PDF 1 pg.

5.1