Identity Activities and Lesson Plans


Writing Exercise

  1. Who am I?

Primary Sources

  1. Enrollment Criteria
    a. Navajo Nation
    b. Cherokee Nation
    c. Zuni Pueblo
    d. White Earth Chippewa
    e. Oglala Lakota Nation

Secondary Sources (Excerpts)

  1. Growing Up Native American
  2. Native American Autobiography: An Anthology
  3. Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance
  4. Here First: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers
  5. The Scalpel and the Silver Bear
  6. Black Elk Speaks
  7. Crazy Brave: A Memoir Joy Harjo
  8. Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
  9. The Native American Identity in Sports: Creating and Preserving a Culture
  10. Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity
  11. My Life in San Juan


  • 19 Pueblo Nations boundaries
  • 3 Apache Nations boundaries
  • Navajo Nation boundaries
  • Map of New Mexico

Lesson Plans

  1. Native lands in New Mexico
  2. Native Memoirs/Autobiographies
  3. Enrollment Requirements
  4. Historical Narratives on Indigenous Peoples
  5. Case Study: Navajo Nation