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How damaging was the westward expansion of 1851-76 for the Plains Indian way of life?

This enquiry shifts the focus of key question 2 away from the new settlers in the west, and towards the Plains Indians whose land was seized by the settlers.

In the enquiry, students chart the experiences of the Plains Indian communities in the period 1851-76, by creating ‘living graphs’ to show the effect of government policies on the Plains Indians and their ways of life. 

By creating their living graphs, students will gain an appreciation of change and continuity over time, developing their understanding of the different ways in which US government policies affected the Plains Indians.

Your students will have the chance to put their new knowledge into action, responding to an exam-style question about the importance of westward migration for the Plains Indian way of life. 

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