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America's National Monuments: Legacy of the Great Plains

Designated by U.S. Presidents, America's National Monuments preserve significant pieces of the country's history, ecology, geology and beauty for all Americans.
Agate Fossil Beds National MonumentRunning Time: 0:08:00

American Indian Studies and Earth Science will be discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:03:07The Sioux Indians, their famous warrior leader Red Cloud, and mammal fossils are profiled.
2.) Science and Nature
00:05:05Fossils and mammal fossils are focused on at Agate Springs National Monument.
3.) History and Culture
-00:00:01At the end of the 19th century's Indian Wars, paleontologists Cope and O. C. Marsh, were aided in fossil colleting by the Sioux Indian nation leader, Red Cloud.
Alibates Flint Quarries National MonumentRunning Time: 0:09:00

American Indian Studies, Earth Science and the importance of the flint quarries to early American Indians are discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:03:07The quarries show Alibates Flint, spear points and petroglyphs.
2.) Science and Nature
00:02:23Alibates Flint Quarries are located on the Llano Estacado, the Staked Plains, where Alibates Flint and flint were quarried.
3.) History and Culture
00:03:33Paleo Indians, known as the Clovis Culture lived in this area and were followed by the Antelope Creek Nation, and thousands of years later at Palo Duro Canyon U.S. Army Colonel Ranald MacKenzie ended the Indian War with the Kiowa and Comanche in 1874.
Capulin Volcano National MonumentRunning Time: 0:10:00

Earth Sciences, Anthropology and Geology are discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:02:38The Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, Capulin Volcano and other volcanoes are located.
2.) Science and Nature
00:04:21Volcanoes, cinder cones, lava flows, basaltic rocks, magma, tectonic movement and hot spots can be found at Capulin Volcano National Monument.
3.) History and Culture
00:03:15Black cowboy George McJunkin found a Folsom Point opening up a new era in North American Archaeology.
Devils Tower National MonumentRunning Time: 0:09:00

Earth Sciences and Geology are discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:01:30Devils Tower is one of the planet's great monoliths.
2.) Science and Nature
00:03:10Lava formed the monolith and later erosion fractured the magma and now lichens cover the rocks.
3.) History and Culture
00:03:46Colonel Richard Irving Dodge gave the monolith its name and it has become a destination for rock climbing on the Great Plains.
Fort Union National MonumentRunning Time: 0:09:00

Environmental Studies and American History concerning the Santa Fe Trail and settling the southwest are discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:02:18After the Santa Fe trail opened up the western frontier, Fort Union was used by the U.S. Army in the Indian Wars.
2.) Science and Nature
00:00:02The prairie around Fort union was good for wild horses and Texas Longhorn cattle.
3.) History and Culture
00:05:33After William Becknell crossed the Great American Desert, creating the Santa Fe Trail, U.S. Army Dragoons used Fort Union in the Indian Wars against the Comanche, and forces from the fort defeated Confederate soldiers at Glorietta Pass.
Homestead National MonumentRunning Time: 0:12:00

Environmental Studies and Sociology, as well as the importance of the Homestead Act to settling the American West are discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:03:00The Homestead Act was passed during the Civil War to help settle the Great Plains.
2.) Science and Nature
00:04:00The Tall Grass Prairie of the Great Plains is part of the larger prairie and is a prairie ecosystem.
3.) History and Culture
00:04:59During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862 and settlers were able to get land where they built sod houses from prairie sod.
Jewel Cave National MonumentRunning Time: 0:07:00

Earth Sciences and Geology are discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:02:55Jewel Cave one of the nation's oldest monuments is located in the Black Hills, and is place to study caves, stalactites and stalagmites.
2.) Science and Nature
00:01:30Caves and cave formations of the Black Hills are at Jewel Cave National Monument.
3.) History and Culture
00:02:08Caving or spelunking can be enjoyed at Jewel Cave
Little Big Horn National MonumentRunning Time: 0:12:00

American Indian Studies, especially the Little Big Horn Battle, is discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:02:03At the Little Big Horn, George Armstrong Custer was defeated by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors.
2.) Science and Nature
00:01:30The Short Grass Prairie of the Great Plain can be seen at Little Big Horn National Monument.
3.) History and Culture
00:07:29At the Battle of the Little Big Horn during the Indian Wars, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse defeated Custer and the only survivors were the commands of Benteen and Reno.
Pipestone National MonumentRunning Time: 0:11:00

American Indian Studies, Earth Science and the importance of the pipestone quarries to American Indians are discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:02:06Native American peace pipes are made from pipestone, which is quarried at Pipestone National monument, first visited by white men in the Nicolette, John C. Fremont expedition of 1838.
2.) Science and Nature
00:03:28The pipestone, also known as Catlinite, at the Pipestone National Monument was laid down during the Precambrian Era and later uncovered by glaciers.
3.) History and Culture
00:05:07Pipestone used for peace pipes was quarried by the Yankton Sioux and is part of Sioux legend, a legend referred to by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem, The Song of Hiawatha.
Scotts Bluff National MonumentRunning Time: 0:11:00

Earth Science and Geology are examined, and the importance of Manifest Destiny in the settling of America is discussed.

Chapter List
1.) Virtual Tour
00:02:41Scotts Bluff tells the story of the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express.
2.) Science and Nature
00:02:50Scotts Bluff was formed through mountain building followed by erosion and is today part of the Mixed Grass Prairie.
3.) History and Culture
00:05:16The Pioneer and the pioneer woman crossed the Great Plains via the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail, and after Scotts bluff, the immigrants went through Wyoming's South Pass on their way to the west coast.
Series SKUNM
Video Programs10
SubjectsHistory, American History, Science, Social Studies
Supplemental Files12
Released2006
Produced By Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Copyright ©2006 Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Grade Levels10th Grade through Post Secondary
Historical Document - Archaeological Resources Protection Act
Historical Document - Homestead Act 1862
Blackline Master Quizzes
Directions to Monuments
Historical Document - National Antiquities Act 1906
Historical Document - National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
Historical Document - Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
Presidential Bios
List of Plains National Monuments by date founded
List of Plains National Monuments by State
Teacher Guide - National Monuments The Great Plains
MARC Records for NM
MARC records for the Full Series NM, America's National Monuments: Legacy of the Great Plains
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