Synopsis

The Story of Indian Removal

This first lesson in the unit, Oklahoma History: More Than Just OK.

Students will focus on three aspects of Indian removal of the Five Civilized Tribes on what became known as the “Trail of Tears.” They will focus on one overall question, “Why did they cry?”  First, students will look at the lifestyles and places of origin of the Five Tribes in the east.  Then they will study the hardships faced by these Indians on their treks to Oklahoma Territory.  Finally, students will examine the realities of the different tribes as they settled in their new environments.  The Photo Story and student activities will contain examples from the Five Tribes.