Each of you should begin with reviewing the specific Native Nations website for which you are researching. (Links to an external site.)

This resource will direct you to a list of the federal and state recognized Native Nations.

You should look up American Indian under the History heading.

You can gain full access to this database by logging into your account through GCC Library.

Chicago Style Citation
Grading Rubric: Each area worth 50 points = 250 points.

Intro paragraph: identifies topic and provides context/perspective.
Thesis statement: demonstrates familiarity with historical context.
Use of source material/texts demonstrates understanding of historical context and significance of topic.
Use of source material/texts demonstrates the ability to locate and use information to support critical analysis and provide evidence for the thesis statement.
Demonstration of clear, original, analysis. Paper looks below surface of text to engage with key themes.
Organization: the paper is effectively organized to clearly communicate ideas and demonstrate a logical flow of analysis and argument.
Effectively restates/ties back to thesis statement.
Major argument/questions have been effectively answered and proven.
Technical writing criteria
Sentence structure, grammar: clear, demonstration of attention to detail.
Nuts and Bolts: material is properly cited, paper includes reference page, and meets minimum page requirement (5 FULL PAGES).


Students will write a formal research essay that examines the historic and contemporary existence of a selected Native Nation. Examples: Tohono Oodham, Navajo Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, etc.