suggested grade levels: 9-12
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Use the Native Americans in Idaho section Digital Atlas of Idaho. To get there: Click on Atlas Home, mouse-over Geography, then click on Native Americans in Idaho. Encourage your students to read through the pages of the Native Americans section and click on the links to see the pictures representing Native American culture. This exercise can be done as a homework assignment if desired. Give your students the opportunity to learn by having them write an essay using the Digital Atlas.
1.Compare and contrast the historical extent of lands inhabited by Idaho's Native Americans with the extent of Idaho's current Indian reservations. Use the Digital Atlas to determine the location of prime agricultural lands, water for irrigation, railroads, mines and other natural resources in Idaho during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Discuss how you think location and subsequent discovery of these resources influenced the development of the current boundaries of these reservations.
These are links to access the handouts and printable materials.
Native Americans in Idaho
Geography: Geography Topics