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Montana: Stories of the Land

Companion Website and Online Teacher's Guide

Chapter 11 - The Early Reservation Years, 1880-1920

Educator Resources

Educational Trunks

  • To Learn A New Way from the Montana Historical Society. Created by Salish educator Julie Cajune, this trunk explores the reservation, allotment, and boarding school periods as experienced by Montana Indians.


  • Inspired by reading specialist Tammy Elser, who was in turn inspired by SKC graduate Taylor Crawford, we've created a "Takeaway" bookmark for every chapter of Montana: Stories of the Land. Before starting a chapter, print and cut out these bookmarks and distribute them to your students. Ask them to use the Takeaway to summarize the GIST of what they learn from reading assigned sections of the chapter. Remind them that they don't have much room, so they'll need to think before they write down the most important idea they want to take away from the section. Learn a little more about the GIST strategy.

  • Even though we've created Takeaways for every chapter, we don't recommend you have your students complete a Takeaway for every section of every chapter they read. That would be exceedingly tedious. However, used appropriately, they can be a useful tool for encouraging reflection and teaching students how to summarize information.

Websites and Online Lesson Plans

Videos or DVDs

Possible Fieldtrips: View the Map

Alignment to ELA Common Core Standards

Content Standards and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians (EU)

Tests and Answer Keys

Midwinter Fair
Midwinter Fair, Browning, MT, 1920s, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives 955-532
Indian Industrial School
Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, PA, 1892, photo by Choate, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives 956-052
Indian Land For Sale
Indian Land for Sale poster, courtesy Library of Congress, Broadside Portfolio 240, Number 24, Rare Book Collection