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Chickasaw Nation Curriculum

The Chickasaw Nation offers a set of curriculums for educators to teach in their classrooms. The provided curricula uncovers our deep history, culture and traditions. Each curriculum is aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards as outlined in the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s 2014 Social Studies guide. The following Oklahoma Academic Standards are to be used only as a basic guide. Other standards may be applicable that could be based on teacher’s own interpretation of the lesson material or ability/need to make a conceptual connection.

Title Grade Level Description Unit Source Lessons
First Encounter Elementary Secondary

This curriculum examines the Chickasaws’ first encounter with Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his conquistadors in 1540.

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Piominko, Payamataha and Tishominko Elementary Secondary

This curriculum examines three pre-removal Chickasaw leaders who tirelessly fought for our Chickasaw people, traditions and culture during a time of great change and uncertainty.

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Chickasaw Removal Elementary Secondary

This curriculum examines the events that led up to the Chickasaws’ removal from our ancestral homelands of Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Indian Territory Government Elementary Secondary

This curriculum examines the Chickasaws’ current government structure and how it came to be.

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Through Our Own Eyes: A Chickasaw Perspective on Removal Secondary

This curriculum uncovers the history of our removal from our traditional homelands of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

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Early Chickasaw Education Secondary

This curriculum examines early Chickasaw education during a time of uncertainty and change in our traditional homelands of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

1 Students
Protecting What is Sacred Secondary

This curriculum examines the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and Chickasaw sovereignty as it applies to the Chickasaw Nation and the U.S. federal government’s relationship, specifically, in Mississippi along the Natchez Trace.

1 Students
A Brief History of the Natchez Trace in Chickasaw Country Secondary

This curriculum examines how the Natchez Trace was used by prehistoric Native Americans, Chickasaws, Europeans and later Americans making it a multicultural trading path, communication network and post road.

1 Students
Chickasaw Pre-Removal Elementary This curriculum provides a glimpse at early Chickasaw livelihood in our homelands of the North America southeast prior to removal to Indian Territory 2 Students
Chickasaw Removal and Resiliency Elementary This curriculum documents the Chickasaws' journey from our homelands of the southeast during removal. 2 Students
Chickasaw Post-Removal Elementary This curriculum examines the history of events that followed the removal of our people from our historic homelands into Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma).  2 Students
The War of 1812 Elementary Secondary This curriculum explores the role Chickasaws played in the War of 1812 and examines some specific contributions of Chickasaw warriors. 2 Chickasaw Nation
Douglas Johnston and the Chickasaw White House Elementary Secondary This curriculum introduces Chickasaw Governor Douglas Johnston as well as his home in Emet, Oklahoma known as The Chickasaw White House.  2 Chickasaw Nation
The Civil War Elementary Secondary This curriculum discusses the part the Chickasaw Nation played in the Civil War and outlines specific Chickasaws who were involved in the War. 2 Chickasaw Nation
World War I and II Elementary Secondary This curriculum gives an overview of Chickasaws involved in WWI and WWII as well as introducing Chickasaw men and women who served in those wars.  2 Chickasaw Nation
Pearl: Never Give Up Elementary Secondary This curriculum highlights the life of Eula “Pearl” Carter Scott, the first Chickasaw aviator and youngest pilot in the United States. 2 Chickasaw Nation
Battle of Hikki’ya’ (Ackia) Elementary Secondary This curriculum discusses the events that led to the Battle of Hikki'ya' (Ackia), the 1736 battle between the Chickasaws and the French. 3 Students
Carl Albert and the Chickasaw Nation Elementary Secondary This curriculum discusses the impacts former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Carl Albert had on the Chickasaw Nation as it pertains to greater, quality access to health care. 3 Chickasaw Nation
The History of Chickasaw Entrepreneurship Elementary Secondary

This curriculum explores how our Chickasaw people utilized entrepreneurship to provide and strengthen the lives of our own, both before and after Chickasaw Removal from the Homeland.

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Overton James and the Chickasaw Constitution Elementary Secondary

This curriculum describes the impact and influence of Gov. Overton James on the history of the Chickasaw people.  It follows the development of the Chickasaw Constitution and the Grassroots movement at Seeley Chapel.

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