Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

May 1997


Published in Great Plains Research 7:1 (Spring 1997). Copyright © 1997 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This resource provides excellent suggestions for teachers and counselors working with Native American youth at the upper elementary and secondary levels. Its recommended curriculum is divided into seven sections, each dealing with skills important for survival in today's world.

The book's first two sections furnish lesson plans for building self-esteem and exploring emotions and stress, issues essential to Native American youngsters' well-being that are often overlooked in school curricula. Problem solving skills are stressed in the third section. The fourth, fifth, and sixth sections deal with issues surrounding suicide. Given the disproportionately high suicide rate for Native American youth, these sections provide many essential lessons for teachers.