Education
Jodi Rave: Play brings treaty to life for students


"Sally Thompson will have to get past the pitfalls that have plagued so many educators before her when it comes to teaching students about the relationship between whites and Indians.

It's not always easy.

Thompson, a University of Montana educator, opened the topic for discussion on Monday by inviting community members to participate in a “dry-run” reading of curriculum designed to introduce students to the process of peace treaty negotiations.

“It integrates the relationship between the United States history of the federal government and tribes in the region,” said Thompson, director of the UM Regional Learning Project.

More than a dozen people joined her at St. Paul Lutheran Church to help the educator read through what amounted to a three-act play. Everyone was assigned a role, ranging from Indian reservation agents and peace treaty negotiators to chiefs representing tribes throughout the region.

Thompson calls her project the “Readers' Theater: The Great Peace Council of 1855,” otherwise known as the Lame Bull Treaty - Lame Bull was a Blackfeet chief and the first to sign. The script was designed for students between grades eight and 12, and college students."

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Jodi Rave: Educator's play brings lesson on Indian treaty to life (The Missoulian 10/10)

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