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Over the past summer, UNC undergraduate student and History and Business Administration double major Maddie Henderson (Ojibwe/Chippewa) completed an internship with the Smithsonian. As part of that work, she learned about “the Indian boarding school era and how forced assimilation has affected the dissemination of cultural practices generations later, including within her own family.” She has now published a great article in Smithsonian Voices, an online magazine managed by the internationally renowned museum! You can read this fascinating article here.

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Maddie comes from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in Belcourt, North Dakota. A rising senior, she spent summer 2023 working with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian with their Marketing and Communications Department. We’re so proud of all the creative and important research that our undergraduate history students are doing here at home and all the way to our nation’s capitol!

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