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Today's Native America | Global Oneness Project

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards


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In this lesson, students view photographs which document Native American voices and explore the themes of identity, cultural displacement, and resilience. Native America exists beyond stereotypes and history books. Today, Native Americans are voicing concerns about environmental and human rights issues, shaping their own tribal communities and the future of the country. "We Are Still Here," a photo essay by Camille Seaman, presents portraits of contemporary Native Americans. The photographs depict Native Americans from a variety of tribes, both in traditional regalia and ordinary street clothes. Many of the photographs were taken at the Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannonball, North Dakota, near the Missouri River, one of the places of protest against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL).

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