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Nation to Nation: Treaties and Legislation between the Wabanaki Nations and the State of Maine

Brittany Cook, Maine Historical Society, Cumberland County



  • Social Studies -- Civics & Government
  • Social Studies -- Personal Finance & Economics
  • Social Studies -- Geography
  • Social Studies -- History

3-5 days

  • Pre-1500
  • 1500-1774
  • 1775-1850
  • 1851-1920
  • 1921-today
  • Civics & Citizenship

This lesson plan asks high school students to think critically about and look closely at documentation regarding the Nation-to-Nation relationship between the Wabanaki Tribes/Nations and the State of Maine. This lesson asks students to participate in discussions about morality and legislative actions over time. Students will gain experience examining and responding to primary and secondary sources by taking a close look at documents relating to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 (MICSA) and the issues that preceded and have followed the Act.

  • Students will demonstrate verbal and written understanding of the stakes driving Wabanaki activism over time.
  • Students will take active part in discussions regarding historical and present-day primary and secondary documents and demonstrate verbal and written understanding of the effects these documents have/have had on Wabanaki communities.
  • Students will discuss the importance of sovereignty and self-determination, and discuss how Wabanaki voices can be amplified in nation-to-nation discussions of sovereignty and stewardship.

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