Distance Learning

Indigenous People of the Tower

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
5.L.1, 5.L.2, 5.L.3, 5.L.4, 5.L.5, 5.RF.4, 5.RI.1, 5.RI.2, 5.RI.3, 5.RI.5, 5.RI.6, 4.SL.4, 5.SL.2, 5.SL.4


There are 26 tribes and nations associated with the Tower site. Many of the Northern Plains Indian cultures have sacred narratives and oral histories which connect their ancestors with this place. Tribal members continue that connection today through cultural ceremonies, including sweatlodges and the placement of prayer cloths.

This distance learning program will examine the connections which Northern Plains Indians and other indigenous people maintain with this site. It includes a brief historical overview to provide context. The program will focus on the cultural connections present-day American Indians have with the Tower site.

How to Participate

To register, submit a request online; select the form for distance learning and choose "Indigenous People of the Tower" as your program. Once submitted, park staff will contact you to establish a time for a test connection and finalize details. A successful test connection is required before your program date can be finalized.

All distance learning programs require a computer with webcam and high-speed internet.

Other Links and Information

Teachers are strongly encouraged to use the "Art of the Story" lesson as preparation for this distance learning program. It provides your students with foundational knowledge related to this program. (Lesson plan PDF is linked below in the "Materials" section.)


The pre-program classroom lesson that will introduce your students to some of the oral histories about the Tower.

Download Art of the Story Lesson Plan

Last updated: October 9, 2018