When Europeans first arrived in what we now call Utah, they met five culturally rich and diverse Indian nations who already called this land home. This website is designed to help students and teachers explore these five tribes— the Utes, Paiutes, Northwestern Shoshones, Goshutes, and Navajos— which are a vital part of Utah’s past and present. The resources here include full lesson plans, links to interactive digital maps, and a number of other exciting materials to assist teachers in making Utah’s Indian tribes an important part of their curriculum.
In partnership with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs , the American West Center has developed and produced these teaching guides and lesson plans for teaching the history, culture, and current issues of Utah’ s American Indian tribes in the fourth and seventh grade Utah history classes and high school social studies classes. The Utah Indian Curriculum Project was developed in collaboration with the Utah State Office of Education, Utah’s American Indian nations, and KUED-TV, which in the spring of 2009 aired We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah, a five-part documentary focusing on the stories and ways of the Ute, Paiute, Northwestern Shoshone, Goshute, and Navajo people.