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Native American Tribes and Cultures
Native American Tribes and Cultures(13 Photos)
Native American cultures in the United States include socially and geographically diverse groups.
Native American Warriors and Battles
Native American Warriors and Battles(13 Photos)
Discover the history of conflict between colonial and American governments and the Native American population of the United States.
Native Americans: Legislation
Native Americans: Legislation(12 Photos)
For more than 300 years, Native Americans have fought, often through legal efforts, to preserve and maintain their cultures, land and way of life.
Gold RushVideo Clip (2:37)
Video Clip (2:37)
Discover how the Gold Rush led to the creation of California.
Transcontinental RailroadVideo Clip (3:27)
Video Clip (3:27)
Find out how the transcontinental railroad transformed America into one nation.
The Donner Party
The Donner PartyVideo Clip (4:24)
Video Clip (4:24)
Western migration through uncharted regions strands a wagon train in the Sierra Mountains leaving little choice for survival.
Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.
Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.Video Clip (1:24)
Video Clip (1:24)
Thomas Jefferson pulls off the land deal of the millennium when he buys 800,000 square miles from the French, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains
The Buffalo and Native Americans
The Buffalo and Native AmericansVideo Clip (1:52)
Video Clip (1:52)
The buffalo was an essential part of Native American life, used in everything from religious rituals to teepee construction.
Sitting BullVideo Clip (2:54)
Video Clip (2:54)
The tragic, yet true tale of Sitting Bull, the leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe who led his people's resistance against the United States, sung by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.
The Last of the Sioux
The Last of the SiouxVideo Clip (3:48)
Video Clip (3:48)
Resistant to government regulated reservations, the Sioux retreated into the Black Hills until a final massacre at Wounded Knee.
Lewis & Clark Expedition
Lewis & Clark ExpeditionVideo Clip (1:46)
Video Clip (1:46)
In 1804, Jefferson sends a team to explore lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. The Corps of Discovery will travel nearly 8,000 miles over three years, reaching the Pacific Ocean and clearing the path for westward expansion.
Faces of America
Faces of AmericaVideo Clip (2:26)
Video Clip (2:26)
Prominent Americans talk about what makes America unique.
Place the State
Place the StateInteractive
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