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The Black Hills of Dakota were sacred territory for the Native Americans. However, even this land was soon to be taken from them as gold was discovered there. Annie Talent represents the pioneer attitude, that this resource was there to be exploited. This attitude is used to justify the disregard shown to treaties made between the American government and the Native Americans.
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29 January 2004

Classroom Ideas

Ask students to decide whether they feel this clip is an unbiased and objective presentation of the events it describes. Get them to explain their views. Hold a class debate on whether they believe the treaty was fair, and whether the white people's attitude was justified or merely an expression of greed.