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Olympics Spur Protests Against Russia

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Help students understand the human rights issues surrounding the Sochi Olympic Games with this PBS NewsHour video from February 5, 2014. With the start of the 2014 Winter Games only days away, the president of the International Olympic Committee insisted that all countries respect the neutral, apolitical nature of the competition. That statement comes in the wake of international furor over a recently adopted Russian law that bans so-called gay propaganda. For a unit with four lesson plans on this topic please click here.

Obama Gets Personal in Effort to Help Young Men of Color

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Use this PBS NewsHour video and teacher's guide from February 28, 2014 to engage students on the important topic of supporting young men of color.

Montana Mosaic: Montana Industry - The Tourism Years

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A booming national post-WWII economy created a large American middle class with the means and desire to travel. With Montana’s wide open spaces, clean air, lovely mountains, camping, hunting and skiing, tourism became increasingly important to the state’s economy. Federal government investments in highways and in defense (particularly Cold War era missile silos) also dramatically impacted the state’s economy….and brought more visitors.

Montana Mosaic: Next Generations in Indian Country

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In some ways the Indian Boarding Schools did exactly what they set out to do - break the cycle of elders teaching the children traditional ways, lore, culture, and language. But intermingling children from differing nations resulted, in some cases, in awakening political identity for Native Americans in general. Instead of demanding rights for one Nation, now there was a push like the American Indian Movement that could rally hundreds of Nations into a concerted voice for rights and issues. Today’s Native Americans may have much more power unified than ever before!

Montana Mosaic: Jeannette Rankin Suffragette

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Montanans are tied subtly and deeply to the nation and the world. Federal politics have affected the daily lives of Native Americans, students, senior citizens, and ranchers. International markets affect everything from crop selection to timber prices in Montana. Montanans fight for what they believe in…like Montana’s Jeannette Rankin. An acknowledged pacifist, she voted against U.S. involvement in both World Wars. Her stand incurred the wrath of millions of Americans— including many, but not all, Montanans. Jeannette Rankin reflects Montana toughness, courage, and integrity. She is a Montana story.

Montana Mosaic: Ethnic Diversity in Montana

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Montana is a state populated by waves of immigrants who joined the American Indians who find their creation stories in the state.  Mining, trapping, logging, agriculture, and political unrest in other parts of the world are just some of the reasons people move to Montana.  But this is not a phenomenon that is over...immigration is very much a 21st Century issue in Montana which shares a very long, unguarded border with Canada.  Old immigrants join new immigrants in bringing their traditions and cultures with them and celebrate them to keep their ethnicity alive.

Discontent and Transformation

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In this lesson, students will analyze the reasons many women of the 1950s and early 1960s felt discontent with their position in society and how they experienced difficulty and resistance when they tried to improve themselves. Students will also analyze the issues behind gender discrimination and examine several potential gender discrimination scenarios to determine if laws had been broken.

Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? | PBS Idea Channel

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Video games, like Minecraft, may be good for more than just fun. Some experts have brought Minecraft into the classroom, allowing teachers to customize lessons and students to engage with concepts in new ways. Minecraft has some unique advantages that could usher in a new direction in education. In the future, students across the world may spend their class time punching trees.

Alaskan Native Students Stay and Teach

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Dive into the traditions of Alaskan Native students with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from November 13, 2014.

Obama Orders Deportation Relief for Millions of Immigrants

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Hear Obama's remarks on bringing deportation relief to millions of immigrants with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from November 20, 2014.

Immigrants React to Obama’s Executive Action

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Check out what immigrants are saying about Obama's executive action on immigration with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from November 21, 2014.

Senate Report Outlines Harsh CIA Interrogation Methods

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Dive into the findings of the Senate's report on CIA interrogation tactics with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from December 9, 2014.

Grand Jury Decides Not to Charge Officer Darren Wilson

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Watch the press conference where Ferguson Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch announced that a grand jury would not indict Darren Wilson with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from November 25, 2014.

President Obama Weighs in on Net Neutrality

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Discover President Obama's opinion on the net neutrality debate with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from November 10, 2014.

NYC in Mourning After Gunman Kills NYPD Officers

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Hear how public officials are responding to the killing of two New York City police officers with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from December 21, 2014.

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