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Bemidji State graduate Serena Graves overcomes tragedy, finds fulfillment in Ojibwe language and culture


Indigenous Studies and Ojibwe language student Serena Graves is graduating along with Bemidji State University's class of 2021 on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Hannah Olson / Bemidji Pioneer)

May 5-BEMIDJI - In the wake of family tragedy Serena Graves was motivated to seek a deeper understanding of her Ojibwe culture, and now the Ojibwemowin language has become the thread weaving together her academic career.

Through this journey, Graves said she went from being a relatively average student in high school to finishing at the top of her class in college, with plans to continue in pursuit of a doctoral degree.

The motivated Indigenous studies and Ojibwe language student is graduating along with the Bemidji State University class of 2021 on Friday.


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