Indigenous Peoples: Then and Now

Lesson 3


Explain how the settlers impacted Indigenous people, culture, and society. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz  pp. 15 – 20

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Writing Prompt

How did the settlers impact Indigenous people and culture? 

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Key Questions


  • What happened after the fighting ended? What did the People agree to?

  • What does it mean that the reservation land was very poor? How did that impact the People? 

  • After the People agreed to live on reservations, what happened to their land? 

  • What did the government do to the People? 

  • Why does the author include the illustration on page 17? 

  • What was life like for the People after they were moved from the reservations? 



treaty     (n.)

an official agreement between two groups

reservation     (n.)

an area of land in the U.S. that is kept separate as a place for Native Americans to live

scarce     (adj.)

very small in amount or number

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.3.3 — Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • RI.3.7 — Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

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