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1. By checking library sources, write a report about one of the major clashes between white culture and one of the following: Chief Osceola and the Seminoles; Chief Black Hawk and the Sauks; Chief Geronimo and the Apaches; Chief Sitting Bull and the Sioux. Discuss the similarities and differences between...

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1. By checking library sources, write a report about one of the major clashes between white culture and one of the following: Chief Osceola and the Seminoles; Chief Black Hawk and the Sauks; Chief Geronimo and the Apaches; Chief Sitting Bull and the Sioux. Discuss the similarities and differences between Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce and the other chief and tribe.

2. The Lolo Trail was a trail of sorrows for the Nez Perce; the Cherokees had their "trail of tears." Research and report on the Cherokees' "trail of tears" in terms of what it was, what brought it about, and its final results.

3. What immediate effects did the railroads have on the West and on the Native Americans' way of life?

4. Report on the various factors that led to the destruction of the American buffalo, emphasizing the effect this had on the Native Americans and their way of life. How did the treatment of the buffalo by the settlers parallel the settlers' treatment of the Native Americans?

5. Read Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, which also combines fact and fiction, and compare it with Ashabranner and Davis's account about Chief Joseph. Read more historical accounts as well. Which is better and why?

6. Shannon Garst's Crazy Horse: Great Warrior of the Sioux, an excellent book for young readers, recounts the life of another famous Native American chief. After reading Garst's novel, compare it with Chief Joseph: War Chief of the Nez Perce in terms of how the chiefs are portrayed, what each tried to do, and their ultimate fates.

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