Smithsonian Voices

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Maddie Henderson

Maddie Henderson (Ojibwe/Chippewa) grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and comes from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in Belcourt, North Dakota. She is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she is studying Business Administration and History. Maddie was part of the Summer 2023 Intern cohort at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C with the Marketing and Communications department.

Healing Soul Wounds: Grappling with the Indian Boarding School Era

During history major Maddie Henderson's internship at the National Museum of the American Indian, she sought to learn more about the Indian boarding school era and how forced assimilation has affected the dissemination of cultural practices generations later, including within her own family.