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State-wide Curriculum Initiative – LOI

ILTF supports efforts that lead to state-wide implementation of the Lessons of Our Land curriculum. This may include comprehensive efforts to adapt the curriculum to Indian nations in a state or region and offer implementation support and teacher training state-wide.  It may also include more strategic efforts that look to change state standards to include Native content, work to ensure that teachers receive training on Native content, or work with tribal education departments to advance strategies to educate their students about their land. 

About the Curriculum

Lessons of Our Land is an interdisciplinary Indian land curriculum designed to align with existing state standards and is adaptable to include the history and culture of the region’s Indian nations. 

While the curriculum positions Native American tribal issues and values at the forefront, the curriculum framework places emphasis on the fundamental relationship between land and people in general, not just Native Americans. Whether the curriculum is taught on an Indian reservation or in an urban, multicultural setting, teachers will find lessons that speak to all cultural backgrounds.

At the same time, the primary goal of this curriculum is for Indian students to become intellectually reconnected to the land and to internalize its significance to their past, present and future as sovereign and land based peoples. The Indian Land Tenure Foundation believes that successful implementation of this curriculum is one of the best ways to strengthen Native communities, educate all people on the cultural importance of land to Indian people, and prevent further loss of Indian lands.

The curriculum is free and is available online.

LOI Requirements

Consideration should be given to including representation from Indian nations within the state in developing historically accurate resources and lesson plans.  Other areas to explore include teacher training; program assessment; developing strategies for state-wide implementation; adaptation of state standards and assessment mechanisms; and alignment of materials to state standards.

Submit a letter of inquiry for the proposed project. A project narrative, two to three pages in length, should include the following:

  • Description of the project and its rationale
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Description of population served
  • Evaluation activities and expected outcomes
  • Timeline illustrating what is to be achieved over the life of the project
  • Total funds needed to successfully implement the project
  • Funds requested from the Foundation
  • Where appropriate, list other funding sources, both actual and/or requested
  • History of organization’s capacity to complete the project

Send LOI to: Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Attn: Grants Manager, 151 East County Road B2, Little Canada, MN 55117-1523.