Apply now for Teaching Native American Histories -- 2019 NEH Summer Institute

Teaching Native American Histories, a three-week NEH Summer Institute for Teachers, will take place July 5-26, 2019, on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, our newest offering within a long history of professional development on Native American cultures and histories. Application deadline: March 1, 2019. Notification date: March 29, 2019. A $2,700 stipend will be provided for travel and lodging expenses. For more information and to apply, visit:

This three-week program is organized around five key concepts:

  • place matters -- what we call "grounded history" -- exemplified by the Summer Institute's location in the Wampanoag homeland on present-day Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard;
  • identity is a contested space, encompassing how people see themselves and how they are seen by others;
  • indigenous identities are intimately connected to land;
  • historical trauma is an important factor to consider in how past events are taught in schools;
  • teachers can learn to find and evaluate classroom resources about Native Americans for themselves.

Open to all K-12 teachers. We hope you will apply!

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