Indigenous Resources for Teachers Presentation

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We know many teachers would like to integrate more Indigenous-authored curriculum into their classrooms. This is a presentation of resources and curriculum we recommend! Think of it as an introduction to Native-prepared lesson plans, easy to use for Indigenous Peoples Day and Thanksgiving.   The program is a collaboration with Our Sacred Earth, and Right Relationship Boulder.

The Museum will provide childcare in the children’s exhibits and a vegetarian tamale dinner.

Recommended for 4-12th grade humanities teachers. Free to attend, but please register in advance. 

Please bring a laptop if you want to engage in selecting specific lesson plans for your classroom.


Teachers will take away from this program:

  1. Precise information on curated Lesson Plan Resources for Thanksgiving and for Indigenous Peoples Day which they can put to use in October and November
  2. Inspiration and first-hand experience shared by presenters
  3. A copy of the book, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People” by Museum exhibit advisor, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  4. Opportunities to have Arapaho presenters Zoom into your classes this year


Presenters include:

  • Michelle Hoffman, former teacher and superintendent on the Wind River Reservation with the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone presenting the presenting the Wyoming PBS Native American Educational Modules
  • Cathy Zimmerman, 4th grade teacher at Heatherwood, BVSD sharing her CO Peoples unit experience in Spring 2021 with her students
  • Bonnie Sundance, Masters Library Science, and Facilitator of the Education in the Schools group of Right Relationship Boulder sharing info about resources
  • Tess Eckert (Chickasaw), obtaining a masters in Social Work with a focus on intergenerational trauma. Sharing the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing and values to address current challenges


Pre-registration required by 5pm Friday, Oct. 1

Register here

Fort Chambers: A Call for Boulder to Reckon with our History and Build Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples Today

Fort Chambers

Across our country, people are re-thinking how we should memorialize our history. Whose voices, stories, and  images have been erased or denigrated? Whose stories have been sanitized and mythologized? In our public  spaces, how can we reckon with the terrible injustices and legacies of slavery, genocide, colonization, and  racism? How can we bring all our peoples and their histories together with a common commitment to truth,  respect, and justice? 

Boulder has a unique opportunity to do this now. In 2018, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks  (OSMP) purchased a 110-acre property on 63rd Street between Valmont and Jay roads. This land lies just north  of Valmont Butte, a sacred site to many Indigenous nations. For more than 14,000 years their ancestors  hunted, traded, held ceremonies, lived and died on this land. 

Euro-American settlers came to Boulder Valley as miners in 1858. At that time Chief Niwot (Left Hand)’s  band of Arapaho people were living here in their ancestral home, under the Fort Laramie treaty of 1851. The  miners violated this treaty and forced the Arapaho out of the Boulder Valley. Settlers built sod stockades  anticipating resistance from Native people. One such stockade was Fort Chambers, built on the 63rd Street  land that recently became City of Boulder Open Space.

This virtual presentation is free and open to the public.

Watch the recording here!