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Students draw a diagram of the structure of the tribal government and talk to a tribal leader about how they make decisions about the land.
Tribal leaders have a very diverse set of roles and responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is
to direct stewardship of the land. Current land policy will determine the future of land
availability and use. In this lesson, the students should begin to understand who tribal leaders are and how they make decisions about the land.
Associated California State Academic Content Standards
For general guidelines for aligning discussions and writing assignments with English-Language
Arts Standards, see Using Lessons of Our California Land to Help Students Meet California State Content Standards.
Teachers can use this lesson to help students meet the following
With its consideration of American Indian nations as sovereign governments, this lesson will also help Grade Five students explain the significance of the new Constitution of 1787, including its commerce clause.