How I Use It
This game allows the learner to experience first hand the life of the Cheyenne during the 1860s. I used this game as an introduction to tribal life prior to a simulation where students took on roles of other tribal leaders. Both this game and the simulation allowed my students to see the Indian Removal Project from the native perspective. Mission US (and its other options) is very effective in developing that understanding and empathy I was hoping for. It met my goals completely.
Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey is a beautifully designed game that allows students to play the role of Little Fox, a young Cheyenne boy growing up in a volatile situation. Student make decisions for Little Fox based on what they understand to be his values, desires and cultural norms. Each student will have a different experience based on those decisions. Students earn badges for values and skills along the way. Set up is easy, the students register, view a quick introduction video, meet the characters, and go. It saves and students can return to where they left off. I highly recommend this game to teachers of American History (8th grade in California) or any grade level who wants a better understanding of the culture of Native American tribes.