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Ryan Booth back from India early due to COVID-19 crisis


A MONUMENTAL EXPERIENCE – Ryan Booth, a La Conner High alum and Washington State University doctoral student who grew up on Swinomish Reservation, visited the famed Taj Mahal – the symbol of India’s rich history – while conducting research abroad as a Fulbright Scholar. Booth returned home recently in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  – Photo courtesy of Ryan Booth

It took a historic pandemic to cut short a La Conner High alum’s in-depth study of history in India.

Ryan Booth, now a doctoral student at Washington State University, saw his assignment as a Fulbright Scholar on the subcontinent cut short due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Fortunately, Booth had worked at a frenetic pace while researching comparisons and contrasts between the British Empire’s use of native Indians in its military and the U.S. Army’s enlistment of Native American scouts on the western frontier.

He worked ahead of schedule and had begun writing a chapter on his research pr...

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