Upcoming Institutes

Teaching about American Indians in Texas (Fall 2021 Online Series)

In the fall of 2021, Humanities Texas will hold a series of 90-minute webinars for Texas history teachers on teaching about American Indians in Texas.

Schedule and Curriculum

The series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:30 p.m. CT on Mondays from September 13 through October 4, 2021. Teachers who register will receive information for each webinar in the series. Attendance for every weekly session is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. This webinar series will offer teachers new windows into the history of American Indians in Texas and a collection of curriculum materials geared toward bringing innovative perspectives into the classroom. Team taught by a historian and two master teachers, the institute will focus on the long arc of American Indian presence in Texas from the pre-contact era through the “Indian Wars” of the 1870s.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinar series will be content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on teaching with primary sources and developing effective pedagogical strategies. Teachers attending this webinar series will walk away with new insights into the story of American Indians in Texas and curated primary-source lessons that are classroom-ready.

Fall 2021 Webinar Schedule:

  • September 13The First Texans, Pre-Contact through 1793: This session will (a) focus on how geography shaped the experience of the First Texans and walk through the evolution of American Indians in Texas through the Spanish period, and (b) explore why the mission system introduced by the Spaniards failed so spectacularly among Texas Indians during the century between 1690 and 1793. This session will also address common questions among teachers about proper terminology to use in the classroom in reference to American Indians.
  • September 20—Spaniards and Mexicans in Indian Country, 1800–1835: This session will focus on (a) the great strength of American Indians in Texas during the collapse of Spain in Texas (1800–1820) and (b) their power and presence in Texas during the Mexican National Era (1821–1835), exploring the relationships between various tribes and both Tejanos and Anglo American settlers.
  • September 27Caught between the Republic and the United States, 1836–1860: This session will focus on (a) the major challenge to numerous tribes posed by the Republic of Texas and the wars waged by Mirabeau Lamar against American Indians in both east and central Texas during the 1830s and 1840s, and (b) the massive challenges that confronted American Indians in the aftermath of Texas joining the United States, specifically the arrival of the U.S. Army and large influx of American immigration
    into Texas.
  • October 4Collapse of Indian Power in Texas, 1861–1875: This session will focus on (a) the experience and influence of Texas Indians on the home front during the American Civil War, and (b) the final forces (most prominently massive American migration into Texas and an expanded presence of the U.S. Army in the state) that led to the final conflicts and the Red River War that ended American Indian power within Texas.


The institute is open to social studies teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers and teachers in low-performing and disadvantaged schools and districts.

CPE Credits

The online program is free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials for each session in the series. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend every weekly session. CPE hours will be based on Zoom attendance and adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program. In order to attend the webinars and receive CPE credit, you must be a registered participant.

How to Apply

Complete the online application for the "Teaching about American Indians in Texas" online series. By submitting an application, you are signing up to receive information about and access to each weekly session of this series. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis.


The institute is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.