Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
Am I an Indian?
NDNAEU 5 “Tribal Policies, Treaties and Sovereignty”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionWhat constitutes tribal identity? 
Standards and PracticesUS.6_12.1-6.E2.4 Explain the changing Native
American federal policy and the impact on tribal
ND.6_12.2.1 Describe the structure, role, and
formation of tribal governments, both present and
past, in North Dakota.
G.6_12.3.4 Identify factors that contribute to conflict
and cooperation between cultural groups from
multiple perspectives.
Staging the QuestionWhat makes one an “Indian”?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
Why do we say “I’m a half Indian. Or I’m only a quarter Indian?” Why would the government want to ‘cut out’ mixed bloods from the treaty?Why, According to Red Thunder, must the mixed-bloods be members of the tribe?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Classroom discussion assessing
knowledge of “Indian blood
quantum” origin. 
Read handout of “Ten-Cent Treaty”
while answering key concepts on
Classroom discussion interpreting the
speech of Red Thunder, contrasting
the Indian concept of membership
with the American concept.
Featured SourcesFeatured SourcesFeatured Sources
Elder saying: “It doesn’t matter if you
only have one drop of Indian blood.
That blood has been here for
thousand of years”, Francis
“Eagleheart” Cree, Turtle Mountain
Ten-Cent Treaty handout and
Red Thunder’s speech during TenCent Treaty negotiations.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Students write and essay describing the Indian’s concept of tribal membership
as contrasted with the American’s concept and the reasoning behind each
group’s beliefs.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionStudents analyze list of treaty signers and ask grandparents whether their
ancestor signed the treaty.
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationClassroom discussion: Some tribes have removed blood quantum requirements from tribal
enrollment. What are the pros and cons of having a blood quantum requirement?
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