How Did We Get Here? On Demand: American Indian and Latina/Latino American History, led by Lilia Fernandez, Rutgers University and Donald L. Fixico, Arizona State University

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This module is part of our How Did We Get Here? series, which has been designed to provide teachers with ready-made, classroom-friendly resources on topics in American history that are front-and-center in current events. This module, which is based on live sessions conducted on Zoom, features a lecture on key points in Latina/Latino history by Professor Lilia Fernandez (Rutgers University) and a lecture on the impact of the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision on American Indian tribal sovereignty, the origins and evolution of the American Indian gaming industry, and the history of desecration and protection of sacred sites by Professor Donald L. Fixico (Arizona State University). It also includes expert advice for teaching these topics led by Gilder Lehrman Institute Master Teachers April Vela and CherylAnne Amendola.


• Two lectures,one each by Lilia Fernandez and Donald L. Fixico

• Two pedagogy session with Master Teachers April Vela and CherylAnne Amendola

• A certificate of completion for four hours of professional development

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Donald L. Fixico (Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Muscogee Creek and Seminole) is Regents and Distinguished Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. A policy historian and ethnohistorian, Prof. Fixico's work focuses on American Indians, oral history and the U.S. West. Prior to joining the ASU faculty, Prof. Fixico was the Thomas Bowlus Distinguished Professor of American Indian History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholar and founding director of the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas.

Lilia Fernandez is the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a scholar of 20th-century Latino/a urban and immigration history and the author of Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2012), a history of the migration and settlement of Latinos in Chicago in the years after World War II.