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Native American Lands Curriculum:

The Center for Indian Community Development at Humboldt State University produced this curriculum for grades 1 through 12 under a grant from EPA. Tribal leaders, educators, and the public identified the goals of the project. The curriculum adapts elements from other waste management instructional materials, but adds several original activities specifically to meet the needs of rural Native American children. It is designed to be empowering and emphasizes cultural themes.

  The following pdf files can be downloaded and printed for your use:


Your Personal Place:
     Lesson 1: All Things Are Connected
     Lesson 2: A Way of Life
     Lesson 3: Needs or Wants?
     Lesson 4: Circles Silence Respect
     Lesson 5: A Sense of Place

Personal Responsibility:
     Lesson 6: What Would You Do?
     Lesson 7: What Are Your Habits?
     Lesson 8: Crow and Weasel
     Lesson 9: Shopping for Waste
     Lesson 10: How Did Your Lunch Affect Wildlife?
     Lesson 11: The Lorax

Solid Waste:
     Lesson 12: Trash in the Past
     Lesson 13: The Consequences of Litter
     Lesson 14: Plastic Trash and Wildlife
     Lesson 15: The Waste Stream
     Lesson 16: Waste Dilemma
     Lesson 17: Future Trash
     Lesson 18: Take a Bite of the Finite
     Lesson 19: Redwood Rancheria

Hazardous Substances:
     Lesson 20: Hazardous Characteristics
     Lesson 21: Hazardous Substances in My Home?
     Lesson 22: Where Should It Go?
     Lesson 23: Community Survey

Water Pollution:
     Lesson 24: Stonefly Steelhead People
     Lesson 25: Salmon Creation Stories
     Lesson 26: Forever Oil
     Lesson 27: Oil Spill Eggs
     Lesson 28: Wading Through Water Pollution
     Lesson 29: Oil on the Klamath
     Lesson 30: Landfill in a Bottle
     Lesson 31: Landfill Tea
     Lesson 32: Ground Water Models
     Lesson 33: Contamination on the Move
     Lesson 34: How Very Little It Must Be
     Lesson 35: Toxicity A Relative Term
     Lesson 36: Dilution Is No Solution
     Lesson 37: Concentrated Chemicals
     Lesson 38: Sovereign Solutions
     Lesson 39: Silent Spring

Air Pollution:
     Lesson 40: Burn Piles
     Lesson 41: Analyzing Ash
     Lesson 42: Making Acid Rain
     Lesson 43: Landfill Gas
     Lesson 44: Dr. Rock and Forestry Practices

Recycling; Composting; Vermiculture:
     Lesson 45: Recycling 101
     Lesson 46: Recycling 101 and Beyond
     Lesson 47: The Great Can Crusher Contest
     Lesson 48: Clean-Up Crew
     Lesson 49: School Composting
     Lesson 50: Vermiculture
     Lesson 51: School Gardening

     Lesson 52: The People Shall Continue


Mansel Nelson, 928/523-1275,

Environmental Education Outreach Program
PO Box 5768 * Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768
Phone: 928/523-1275 * Fax: 928/523-1280 * email:

Last updated: August 23, 2010

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