With NEH support, Montana State University, Billings leveraged partnerships with Little Bighorn College, Little Bighorn Battlefield, and Chief Plenty Coups State Park to develop The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Great Sioux War (1876)—a professional development program that reached 72 K-12 educators. This immersive, week-long summer workshop used site visits, expert lectures, and a wealth of primary sources to illuminate a wide range of historical perspectives, including Indigenous perspectives, on the war. Through this deep exploration, educators from around the country walked away with a more nuanced look at these iconic and often misrepresented events in American history, as well as valuable place-based learning tools and techniques.
“I especially liked hearing a different perspective from the Native speakers. I was able to broaden my understanding and appreciation of Northern Plains native cultures through these individuals.”
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