What is STI?
Inquiry‐Based: Each tribe has its own oral and written histories; there is no one “right answer” when it comes to teaching tribal history and sovereignty. Therefore, STI uses essential and guiding questions instead of providing the answers.
Place‐Based: Students learn best when they see how lessons impact their everyday lives. Because historical and political views vary from tribe to tribe, students explore essential and guiding questions through their own local tribal and nontribal communities.
Integrated: STI offers a menu of choices that allows teachers to integrate materials into their already existing lessons, rather than try to somehow fit the curriculum into an already packed—and often shrinking—social studies curriculum.
An inquiry based approach with five essential questions: