In the Nisqually Watershed, the Nisqually Indian Tribe takes a strong leadership role on the Nisqually River Council and in recovery of our two threatened salmon species: Chinook and Steelhead. Here are some resources to learn more about the tribe, their history and what they are doing today.
Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction‘s Office of Native Education has incredibly comprehensive curriculum – Since Time Immemorial. Here are some select resources from there specific to the Nisqually Tribe.
- Nisqually Tribe Powerpoint – an overview of their history since colonization with a handout
- Billy Frank Powerpoint
- Judge George Hugo Boldt Powerpoint
The bold and courageous commitment of the National Park Service’s Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail over the last ten years led directly to Honoring Tribal Legacies: An Epic Journey of Healing. The rationale for Honoring Tribal Legacies is that what was so very potent and vital in the past still rings true in the present and, more importantly, to our collective futures as a nation. The Honoring Tribal Legacies website was designed and developed to encourage educators at all levels and in every environment to benefit from the collective wisdom that can be gained from a shared history that simultaneously embraces the past, present, and future
The Smithsonian curriculum, Native Knowledge 360, has some great lessons about the Fish Wars as well!
- Timeline: The Fish Wars: Time Immemorial to 2014—See the full story. Explore an interactive timeline of the Fish Wars from time immemorial to 2014.
- Summative Performance Task: The Independent Observer: Constructing Evidence-Based Arguments—Create your own news article that addresses the many actions Native communities and their supporters used during the Fish Wars of the 1960s and 1970s.