EDUCATION

Fall Enrollment Numbers at Local Colleges See Varying Impacts from COVID-19

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - 8 hours 52 min ago

United Tribes Technical College has 107 fewer students enrolled this semester, nearly a 25% drop from last year's tally of 434.

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NTU Works to Improve Water Access in the Navajo Nation

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - 9 hours 39 min ago

Navajo Technical University (NTU) president Dr. Elmer J. Guy and New Mexico Tech (NMT) president Dr. Stephen Wells have signed a memorandum of understanding to improve access to drinking water in remote locations in the Navajo Nation that lack pipeline and municipal water systems.

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Change the Mascot?

THE INDIAN LEADER - 12 hours 42 min ago

A preliminary study conducted by the Indian Leader Association shows an even divide among the Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) community regarding HINU’s use of Plains Native American imagery as a mascot. The opt-in survey distributed through social media and student emails asked students, past students and alumni, faculty, and other community members (self identifying as parents, other Natives, Lawrence residents, etc.) if HINU should change their “Fightin’ Indians” mascot.

Seventy-seven students self reported with just over half (50.6%) voting for the mascot to be changed. However, the small sample size provided a 9 percent margin of error at a 90 percent confidence level meaning the larger population’s view on the mascot could go either way. The sample sizes for past students and alumni (135), faculty (2), and other community members (22) were small enough not to be a valid representation of their larger populations, but does prompt discussion on the matter. 

Those that voted to change the mascot also contributed ideas for a new mascot. Some of these included “The Haskell: turtles, buffalo, bison, thunderbirds, wolves, eagles, huskies, hawks, bears, sovereigns, tribes, suns, intertribals, bucks, salmon, defenders and protects, medicine wheel, or squirrels”.

This survey was just part of the larger discussion of Native American mascots which is holding public interest among professional sports teams.


Disclaimer: This survey was conducted by The Indian Leader Association and not instigated or associated with Haskell Indian Nations Univeristy (HINU) and does not reflect that HINU will use this information in decisions about the university’s mascot.

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Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Awarded Grant Through a USDA for Tribal Colleges

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 23, 2020 - 6:30pm

The school will use the money to build a One-Stop Student Services area. An unused portion of the college will be renovated into new offices and student meeting space.

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Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Students Attend School Completely Online

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 23, 2020 - 6:30pm

While the majority of the college is operating online, there are a limited number of instructors and students allowed on campus for hand-on courses, such as nursing and welding, but masks are required.

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Diné College to Explore the Presence of Microbes in the Sub-Surface of Yellowstone National Park

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 23, 2020 - 3:38pm

Professor Shazia Tabassum Hakim, a Tuba City-based professor at Diné College’s School of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is one of the co-investigators of the team that recently secured a Los Angeles-based W.M. Keck Foundation Grant for the next three years.

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Hoeven Announces Head Start Funding to Cankdeska Cikana Community College

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 18, 2020 - 6:39pm

This funding, provided through the Head Start Partnerships with Tribally Controlled Land Grant Colleges, will be used to support school readiness and developmental services for children and their families.

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Wired for Success: How Tiny Navajo Technical University Took Big Steps to Keep Students Connected

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 17, 2020 - 4:23pm

For starters, the school offered subsidized laptops to students who receive financial aid, cut tuition by half and, with permission from the Federal Communications Commission, extended the school’s internet infrastructure into the surrounding communities.

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Little Big Horn College Waives Tuition, Fees Amid COVID

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 15, 2020 - 1:37pm

The college plans to offer a mix of online only and hybrid courses to limit the number of students on campus President David Yarlott said. The college is using federal coronavirus relief funding to offset the loss of tuition, Yarlott said.

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Years of Neglect Have Created Devastating Consequences for Tribal Colleges

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 14, 2020 - 6:26pm

Challenges facing predominantly white institutions are dominating public dialogue, Congressional hearings and dinner conversations. Meanwhile, significant threats to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), lifelines to rural and disenfranchised Native American communities across the nation, are barely discussed.

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Academic Building for NTU’s Chinle Campus Quietly Unveiled

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 14, 2020 - 10:26am

Last Thursday, in a scaled-down COVID-safe ceremony pretty much limited to the dignitaries giving speeches, the ribbon was gently untied on what is hands-down Chinle’s most interesting building, and one of the most significant.

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David Gipp, Giant of the Tribal College Movement, Passes On

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 11, 2020 - 3:10pm

Longtime president of United Tribes Technical College, the first executive director of AIHEC, and a giant of the tribal college movement, David Gipp’s contributions to American Indian education are incalculable.

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Student Body President Steps Down

THE INDIAN LEADER - September 10, 2020 - 4:10pm

Student Body President William Wilkinson is stepping down from the Student Government Association (SGA) to focus on his new role as a Field Organizing Fellow for the Kansas Democratic Party. Wilkinson was originally elected to the position of Student Body Vice President in the April elections and assumed the role of President on July 24th after the then President Ahnawake Toyekoyah resigned making the  decision to not enroll in the fall online semester.

Presidential leadership now falls to Jakoby Stump who was originally elected as Chief of Staff. Stump is a Sophomore who is graduating this fall semester with her Associate of Arts degree in Communication Studies.

“I’m humbled and honored to be Anawake and William’s successor this Fall 2020. I know I have big shoes to fill when it comes to being one of many voices for Haskell’s Student Body, especially during a time like this. I look forward to continuing their important work and fulfilling SGA’s mission statement to the best of my ability. With deep admiration, thank you for this opportunity,” says Stump.

Follow HINU Student Government Association on Facebook and Instagram, to stay up to date as the SGA releases more information for the semester to come.


Featured Image of New Student Body President Jakoby Stump curtesy of Jakoby Stump.

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Urgent Email Updates

THE INDIAN LEADER - September 9, 2020 - 7:41pm

Students had less than 24 hours to read an urgent notice sent out by Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) announcing the migration of HINU’s email server and providing new instructions for students following the migration. The notice advised students to “… print these instructions [out] or just download to your device for access later,” alluding to the fact many may not receive these instructions if they did not access their email prior to the migration.

While HINU chalked this up as “unforeseen circumstances”, Microsoft had publicly announced the end of support for the Microsoft Exchange server back in September 2019 giving HINU over a year to migrate. HINU created a contract to begin the migration on August 26th estimating the cost at $34,130. Following the migration, students now have access to the full Microsoft Office 365 Suite to use on up to 5 devices.

Email Access in Browser

Students can access their student email in the Outlook web app at www.outlook.office365.com. Students will use their full email address (first.last@haskell.edu) and their current email password to login.

Web app versions of other Office 365 programs may be accessed as well using student credentials.

 Email App 

Students on mobile devices may access their email though the Outlook app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Login information for the app will require the student’s full email address (first.last@haskell.edu) and current password to login. Note: current attempts using a third party email app have resulted in a message that access is blocked.

Other Office 365 apps like Word and PowerPoint may be downloaded and used with student credentials.

Desktop Access

Desktop Office 2019 programs may be downloaded from www.office.com. Student credentials are their HINU email address (first.last@haskell.edu) and current password. Downloads requires no other version Office be currently installed. Download Outlook to access student emails.

Additional Help

As always, the HINU IT Office may be reached through email  at IThelpdesk@haskell.edu or you leave voicemail at 785-830-2712 to be contacted by phone.

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Member of the Haskell Family Passes On

THE INDIAN LEADER - September 4, 2020 - 8:00pm

Our community is joined by the somber news of the death of David Bohanon who passed this morning.

Bohanon majored in Business Administration at Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) and continued to contribute to the HINU community serving as an IT Specialist for 17 years. Students new and old will remember him for his colorful and lively spam email notifications, but those who remember Bohanon on campus will remember him for his involvement with the HINU band, leading HINU in its fight song, and the sounds of his horn playing taps.

This afternoon, HINU lit a fire in Bohanan’s honor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.


Happy Valentine's Day from the Haskell Band!! It is a pleasure bringing pleasure to your ears!

Posted by Haskell Band on Saturday, February 14, 2015

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Tribal Colleges, Lifeline to Rural and Disenfranchised Native Communities, Need Our Help More than Ever

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 4, 2020 - 11:11am

Significant threats to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), lifelines to rural and disenfranchised Native American communities across the nation, are barely discussed.

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Diné College’s Fall 2020 Student Enrollment Exceeds Expectations

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - September 2, 2020 - 11:16am

DINE COLLEGEDiné College has reported a fall 2020 student enrollment of more than 1,300 students. The number of enrolled students is higher than expected, considering the coronavirus outbreak,

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Navajo Technical University Named Recipient of NASA Grants

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - August 31, 2020 - 6:44pm

Three projects each received grants for proposals submitted to the agency's Minority University Research and Education Project, or MUREP.

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American Indian College Fund Announces 2020-21 Student Ambassador Cohort

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - August 28, 2020 - 12:27pm

Now in its sixth year, the College Fund Student Ambassador Program trains American Indian and Alaska Native students to serve as leaders in their communities, to work to combat stereotypes, and to create greater visibility of Native Americans and an understanding of the importance of their diverse cultures.

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Honor Your Ancestors and Protect Your Children—Vote Now

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - August 27, 2020 - 3:47pm

Each and every one of us must spend some time right now making sure we are registered to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, completing it immediately, and submitting it per its instructions.

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