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Native Studies Center Educational Campaign



Companion Series K-12 and College from the Native Perspective  

Educators interested in obtaining RNCI’s The American Holocaust Series Study Companion Guide.

Contact: Linda Tenequer at [email protected]


In partnership with Bedrosian Center at USC Price School of Public Policy, Red Nation Celebration Institute launched a Study Lesson Guide to complement a new ground-breaking series of film and conversation for Educators to uplift authentic, accurate, and contemporary representations of Native Americans.

There are over 600 Native Nations in the United States including 573 sovereign tribal nations and an additional 63 “state recognized tribes.” Tribal governments exercise jurisdiction over lands that make Indian country the fourth largest state in the nation. For the last 25 years, Red Nation Celebration Institute has amplified Native Voices at the forefront of the entertainment industry and throughout the country with its ground-breaking programs and initiatives. However, more work needs to be carried forward to share knowledge and information within educational institutions throughout the country.  All too often, education from K-12 through university do not have curriculum featuring the history of the peoples on the continent before colonials. Through our film program and conversation on The American Holocaust from the Native Prospective , a series of conversations we will discuss some of the biggest issues in Indian Country – and in the United States. Season 1:   Episodes 1-5; Season 2:   Episodes 1-5; Season 3:   Episodes 1-5; Season 4:   Episodes 1-5; Season 5:   Episodes 1-5  will have supplementary lesson plans, students, teachers and parents alike will learn about Indigenous peoples past and present. 

For more information about Red Nation Celebration Institute visit Red Nation Film Festival

Teaching the standards through the native perspective with a Focus on the common core state standards (ccss)

The anchor standards overarching concept:

  1. Make inferences and cite evidence from text
  2. Determine theme and summarize details
  3. Analyze individuals, events, characters, ideas and how they develop
  4. Word Choice: figurative language, vocabulary, ideas, tone, analogies, etc…
  5. Analyze text structure: poetry, drama, stanzas, music, documents, etc…
  6. Point of View and how it shapes the purpose or context of the text.
  7. Multi media- analyze how different media interprets a source.
  8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
  9. Compare and contrast two or more texts on the same topic.
  10. Reading grade level texts with appropriate complexity.


Fundamental learning outcomes and objectives of understanding through the lens of Native America. 

If you want to go deeper visit:

Community & Educational Resources K-12

Download  – title of pdf – CCSS VERTICAL PDF FOR LISA

List of States that include the Native Perspective Resources


New Mexico

Washington State

College Level

Community & Educational Resources

List of Books on Genocide

  1. Samantha Power, “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide.
  2. Ben Kiernan, Blood and SoilA Word History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur,
  3. Philip Gourevitch, We Wish to Inform You Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families
  4. Adam Jones, GenocideA Comprehensive Introduction
  5. Norman M. Naimark, Genocide: A World History (New Oxford World History)
  6. Samuel Totten, Centuries of Genocide: Essays and Eyewitness Accounts
  7. Steven Newcomb, Pagans in the Promised LandDecoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery

René Maunier, The Sociology of ColoniesAn Introduction To the Study of Race Contact (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.) (1949)