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President Washington's Native American Policy

Lesson Purpose

This lesson takes students through President George Washington’s first years as President as he and Secretary of War Henry Knox craft the first president’s Native American Policy. Students are asked to critically analyze President Washington’s policies and the tangible symbols of those policies, the peace medals.



  • Students will be able to analyze various primary sources, identify key elements of those sources, and make a reasonable claim based on their analysis of the sources.
  • Students will be able to create an evidence-based argument, based on primary sources that interpret George Washington’s views of Native American tribes and the land they occupied.

Related Standards:

  • The Federal Period
  • Native Americans
  • Analysis of Primary Sources into a reasoned argument about the past
  • Integrate Evidence of Multiple Primary Sources into a Reasoned Argument about the Past
  • Evaluation of Primary Sources
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Working in Groups