Defining "American": Native American Soldiers in World War I and the Path to Citizenship - FREE

by  National Museum of the U.S. Army

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Virtual Field Trips connect students to the Museum all without leaving their desks. During this field trip, students will engage with the Army’s history through artifacts, primary sources, and Soldiers’ Stories.

From the Revolutionary War and through present day, American Indians have proudly served the U.S. Army often without recognition or the benefits of citizenship. During World War I, nearly 12,000 indigenous Soldiers served in the armed forces with distinction. Their actions to protect the nation focused attention on disparities among indigenous Americans and paved the way for all indigenous people to enjoy the promise of American citizenship.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00



45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

This program can be reserved Monday - Sunday, 9 - 3:30 p.m. EDT.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to the start of the program.

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National Museum of the U.S. Army

Fort Belvoir, VA
United States

The National Museum of the United States Army provides the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions through the eyes of the American Soldier. Through preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting invaluable artifacts, the National Army Museum creates learning opportunities for all visitors and bonds the American people to their oldest military service.

We are America’s Army Museum.

Program Details


This program guides participants through an examination of primary resources to learn more about the contribution of American Indians to to the U.S. Army. Participants will be encouraged to answer questions and solve problems. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.


At the end of this lesson students, will be able to

- Recognize the service and sacrifice of Native Americans during World War I.
- Note the challenges indigenous Soldiers faced during World War I.
- Understand the importance of the Citizenship Act of 1924 and its impact on American society.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core Standards

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

State Standards

History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools

Virginia and United States History
VUS.10 The student will apply history and social science skills to analyze how the nation grew and changed from the end of Reconstruction through the early 20th century by
A) analyzing the effects of westward movement and the admission of new states on the Indigenous peoples and the conflicts with the U.S. government, including, but not limited to the Battle of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee;