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SSYAC Meeting 2 - Museums, Activism, and Social Justice (Archived: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

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Language Arts And English +8 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

When people ask you where you are from, what do you say? Why do you respond that way? Can you remember the first time you witnessed or experienced an injustice? Can we ask a nation to sacrifice development opportunities in the service of protecting the environment / treaty rights / tribal rights? What is your role in carrying on the maintenance of this relationship between tribes and the U.S.? How can museums respond to issues of social justice in the community? What should the Smithsonian do to share this story? How can we involve teens like you in sharing this story?

The second meeting of the SSYAC was held at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). During our pre-meeting activity, we explored the exhibition Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations. This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection contains the in-gallery activity which looks at the important relationship between the U.S. and tribal Nations by examining the 1851 Horse Creek Treaty and the present-day activism directly related to it at Standing Rock. The collection also contains background information resources about NMAI, as well as the Nation to Nation exhibit.

During our meeting dialogue, we discussed the outcomes of the "One Smithsonian" assignment.


Special thanks to NMAI colleagues Carolyn Rapkievian, Mandy Foster, and Ami Temarantz for creating and implementing the in-gallery activity in the Nation to Nation exhibition at NMAI.


KEYWORDS: student engagement, teen council, American history, DAPL, exhibition tour, inquiry-based learning, questions, Native American

MAP | Land of the Horse Creek Treaty Nations, 1851

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EXHIBIT PANEL | WE NEVER GAVE UP

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EXHIBIT PANEL | ACTIVISTS

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IMAGE | Mile-Marker Post, 2016-2017 at Oceti Sakowin Camp

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MAP | The Black Snake in Sioux Country

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IMAGE | Activism 1

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IMAGE | Activism 2

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IMAGE | Activism 3

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IMAGE | Activism 4

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NMAI - 5 years in 4 minutes

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NMAI Model

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Sovereign Rights, Sovereign People

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TREATIES: Nation to Nation:Introduction

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TREATIES: The "Indian Problem"

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Native Knowledge 360°

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