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The California Indian History Curriculum Coalition (CIHCC) is an informal coalition of educators, tribal scholars and native activists promoting the creation, adoption and implementation of California Indian-vetted curricula.
The resources on this page support and validate the resonance of their mission.
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Online Publications & Resources
- Map of California Indian pre-contact tribal territories
- American Indians in Children's Literature
- News from Native California offers links to California Indian tribal, health, legal, artistic, cultural, linguistic and media resources.
- Illuminatives, Native Education for All
- "Land of our Ancestors," Tribal Eye Productions, 2020. Gary Robinson
- “A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions,” Craven Street Books, 2015. Elias Castillo
- “An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States,” Revisioning American History Series, Beacon Press, 2015. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
- Cultural Bridging Takeaways: Long-term Relationship Building and Inclusion in Curriculum Development; Author: Rose Borunda
- “Early California Laws and Policies Related to California Indians,” California Research Bureau, 2002. Kimberly Johnston-Dodds.
- “History of Us: Nisenan Tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria,” Comstock Bonanza Press, 2018. Richard B. Johnson.
- "Home to Medicine Mountain": Maidu youth experience in government-run Indian residential schools in California.
- “Introduction to Ethnic Studies,” Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2016. Dale Allender and Gregory Yee Mark.
- “Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1846-1873,” University of Nebraska Press, "Brendan C. Lindsay.
- Proposed Curriculum Framework: Recommended cultural and historical themes
- “Resurrecting the Past: The California Mission Myth,” Great Oak Press, Pechanga, California, 2016. Michelle Lorimer.
Titles from outside California
- “A Man Called Raven”: a tribute to the wisdom of the raven
- “Baby Rattlesnake/Viborita de Cascabel,” A bilingual (English/Spanish) tale of a Pawnee family
- “Bears Make Rock Soup“: Plains Ojibway
- “Buffalo Song”: Plains Ojibway
- “Crazy Horse’s Vision”: the true story of the great Sioux warrior
- “Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message”: an Iriquois celebration as told by a Mohawk chief
- “Jim Thorpe's Bright Path”: biography
- “Kiki's Journey”: A Tiwa family discover their heritage in the Taos Pueblo Reservation.
- “Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood”: experiences of a Pawnee girl in the Phoenix Indian School
- “The People Shall Continue”: Acoma Pueblo
- “This Land is My Land”: Plains Cree history
- “Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story”: biography of a Pima Indian
- “What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?”
- Standing Up to Sugar Cubes: The Contest over Ethnic Identity in California’s Fourth-Grade Mission Curriculum, Southern California Quarterly (Summer 2010)
Indian History In The News
- Ep.2: Forgive But Not Forget, an interview with Dr. Rose Borunda. Past Times - Talking and Teaching History. EuroClio Podcast (7/20/2020)
- The Agua Caliente Story Takes Root in School Curriculum, Palm Springs Life (4/06/2020)
- Indigenous Teachers Offer Longer View Of California History, Jefferson Public Radio (5/20/2019)
- Indigenous educators fight for an accurate history of California, High Country News (4/29/2019)
- American Indian Heritage Month, California Educator (Oct/Nov 2018)
- Moving beyond the Missions: California Builds Inclusive Native History Curriculum, Nonprofit Quarterly (8/1/18)
- Native Americans Push Schools To Include Their Story In California History Classes, Huffington Post (7/30/18)
- Native Americans push schools to include their story in California history classes, EdSource (7/25/18), San Jose Mercury News (7/29/18)
- 'It’s Not a New Story': Family Separations Open Old Wounds, KQED (6/29/18)
- Education Summit at CIC, News from Native California (10/10/17)
- A New (and More Accurate) Way to Teach California Indian History, CSU System News (10/4/17)
- The California missions school project is becoming a thing of the past. Here’s why., Los Angeles Daily News (9/24/17)
- Good riddance to California’s ‘mission project,' Los Angeles Times (9/19/17)
- Fourth grade mission model project could be history, The San Diego Union-Tribune (9/15/17)
- No more sugar cubes and Popsicle sticks? State urges teachers to scrap 4th-grade mission project,, The Sacramento Bee (9/5/17)
- The next generation of California public school students will skip the 'mission project', SF GATE (8/30/17)
- Repeat after us, say no to the mission project, California History-Social Science Project (5/23/17)
- Mission Project Protests Help Spur Changes, Capital Public Radio (5/17/17)
- The Lesser-Told Story Of The California Missions, Hoodline (3/20/16)
- Lying to Children About the California Missions and the Indians,, Huffington Post (3/23/15)
From Sacramento State News
Experiences From The Field
- Professor helps reframe how state’s mission history is seen, (4/3/18)
- Parent-teacher guides son through alternative mission project, (10/23/17)
- Kumeyaay historian dispels the California origin myth, (10/12/17)
- Professors work to change credential students' thinking about mission project, (10/3/17)
- Teacher makes indigenous people the focus of alternative missions project, (9/15/17)
- Kumeyaay curriculum a useful model for schools, (9/7/17)
- Gabe Medina’s Fourth Grade “Mission” Project, FNX First Nations Experience (2015)