About this website

Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer

Beginning in 1997, researching, writing, and maintaining the website has been the responsibility of Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer, adjunct professor in HSU's Department of History and School of Education.  Please note that before any background information, lesson plans, or mini-lessons were included in the web site, they were reviewed by academic experts within the American Indian community.  If you have any questions, comments, or suggested additions to the web site, Dr. Olson-Raymer may be contacted by e-mail at go1@humboldt.edu





Primary Contributors


Colby Smart with Iris

Site Design

Colby Smart - holds a B.A. in History and a secondary teaching credential in social science from HSU. He graduated with a Master's of Arts in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University in 2009. Colby is a former United States/World History and Computer Science teacher. His passion for learning and teaching has always manifested itself in his application and integration of technology to create engaging learning contexts for his students. Colby is currently the CPS Distributed Learning Director at Humboldt State University where he focuses the development of distance learning programs and other technology rich initiatives. He also teaches courses in HSU's School of Education. Colby is also very happy to have been a member of TAH1.







While Dr. Olson-Raymer is primarily responsible for the current website, between 1997-2001, the following educators provided key research, writing, editing, and content implementation responsibilities for the original website:

  • Anne Hartline - a former eighth grade teacher at McKinleyville Middle School and currently a fifth grade teacher at Dows Prarie School - critiqued, revised, and actually used the 8th grade lesson plan - Sovereignty or Dependency?   American Indian Nations and their Relationship with the Federal Government, 1776 - 1900 - in Spring, 1999. Additionally, Ms. Hartline designed many assignment materials and the final assessment for the lesson plan.
  • Sophie Huntington - a 1999 graduate of HSU with a B.A. in History, a recipient of the secondary teaching credential in social science from HSU's Department of Education in 2000, the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, and currently a Curriculum Associate at the Higher Achievement Program in Washington, D.C. -  designed the eleventh grade lesson plan - "Red Power" -  The Civil Rights Movement and the American Indian.  Additionally, Ms. Huntington taught this lesson at Arcata High School in Spring 2000.
  • David Riesenfeld - a 2000 graduate from HSU with a B.A. in history, recipient of secondary teaching credential in social science from HSU's Department of Education in 2001, a recipient of a Master's Degree in Education from HSU in 2003, and currently a high school teacher in Queens, New York -  researched and wrote initial drafts of the Special Issue paper on Indian Macots and Stereotypes..