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Master of Liberal Studies
“Pushed into Poverty”: Sarah Boomgarden at the Student Symposium
History major Sarah Boomgarden (’19) shared her research on Native Americans in her presentation “From Farming to Gaming: How Native Americans Have Been Pushed into Poverty.”
Sarah explained how systematic marginalization historically pushed Native Americans into the farming/ranching industry with little hope of escape, and then in the 1980s how the gaming/gambling industry emerged as a new form of commerce for reservations. Despite the new economic opportunity, however, Native Americans remain in poverty. Sarah described the multiple forms of historical research she used to investigate this subject, including census records, newspapers, paintings, and personal testimonies. Congratulations to Sarah on this powerful, culminating presentation of her senior year!