Here are lessons, books, and films for teaching the truth about Columbus and Indigenous Peoples’ history.
|Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Students learn about the issues at stake in the #NoDAPL struggle at Standing Rock.
|The People vs. Columbus, et al.
Students engage in a mock trial to determine who is responsible for the death of millions of Taínos in the late 15th century.
Removal Role Play
A lesson on the Cherokee-Seminole
removal or Trail of Tears.
|Andrew Jackson and
the “Children of the Forest”
Students develop critical literacy skills by responding to Andrew Jackson’s speech on “Indian Removal.”
‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’:
Re-reading the Past
How to engage students in a critical analysis of the textbook version of “discovery.”
No Monuments for Murderers
Why we should challenge the fundamental structures of ownership, power, and privilege that have given us such a skewed constellation of heroes and holidays.
|Truth-Telling in American History: Groups Fight for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day campaigns and the challenges to overcome.
|Italian Americans Who
Fought for Justice
Brief bios of people of Italian heritage who were committed to social justice.
|Native American Activism:
1960s to Present
Brief overview and Native American activism since the late 1960s.
The Next 500 Years
Readings and lessons for grades 5 to 12 about the impact and legacy of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas.
|“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
Deconstructs persistent myths about American Indians rooted in fear and prejudice — an astute and lively primer of European-Indian relations.
|An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
400 years of Native American history. Original text is fully adapted by curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers.
|Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance
Nick Estes traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement.
Films and Podcasts
Contrasting views and scenes from the classroom on teaching about Columbus.
Columbus in America
Documentary on the symbol of Columbus in the United States and the campaign for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
As a crew shoots a film about Columbus’ genocide, local people in Cochabamba, Bolivia rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Native American history through the eyes of Native American children.
NECESSITY: A Two-Part Documentary Series on Climate Resistance
How a string of custody battles over Native children became a federal lawsuit that threatens everything from tribal sovereignty to civil rights.
Critical perspectives of Indigenous peoples in children’s books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society-at-large.
In-depth coverage of Native American news.
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More at the Zinn Education Project
|Abolish Columbus Day Campaign
|Resources on Native Americans
|Resources on Colonization
Many of these resources are featured in the Abolish Columbus Day packet which is available to download. The 14-page packet includes articles, sample resolutions, and a poster. Read more at www.zinnedproject.org/abolish.