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‘Healing the Sacred’ spring ’19 plans

January 25, 2019 - 8:19pm

by Randy Nagitsy

Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) was awarded a three year grant in 2017 through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).  This grant is to Develop Future Victim Specialists for Indian Country. The grant allows Haskell Indian Nations University to create an advocate training curriculum program for participants.  HINU has used the grant to create Healing the Sacred (HtS) and currently has 10 student participants. A number of presenters from across Indian Country have come to campus to educate and share their knowledge during fall 2018.

The following are the people who are currently enrolled in HtS currently; Adrina Duran, Michelle Sherman, Sumer Al-Ahdali, Randy Nagitsy, Ileana Larkin, Kayla Bointy, Kristina Allison-Burbank, Calvin Smith, Shelby Herrod, Rayven Merrill.  This semester, the avenues we will be exploring will be Language Revitalization, the 7 Grandfather Teachings, working within tribal programs and expanding those programs, constructing strong and sustainable tribal prevention programs, grant writing, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).

The speaker schedule is currently being developed for spring 2019.  The classroom sessions will be opened for Haskell Students to hear the wealth of knowledge for victim advocacy.  It is vital that we bring in speakers, who are professionals in Indian Country, to assist us in navigating the complex world of advocacy.  Throughout spring 2019 we will be putting out flyers for presenters and will open up the application process for the fall 2019 cohort.

Categories: EDUCATION

Student Body President address to students

January 25, 2019 - 7:53pm

Welcome back students! It is my great pleasure to welcome everyone back to Haskell as we all continue our journeys. As I begin my last semester here at Haskell I look back at my experience of Haskell. 

I remember my days as a rebellious freshman that challenged the boundaries, my days of sophomore year narrowing down what degree program to choose, junior year full of impatience of finishing my degree, and my senior year full of joy and memories as this chapter comes to a close.

Our experiences here at Haskell will last a lifetime. Our friends who’ve become our family away from home gather for another semester at Haskell, faculty is prepping for another semester of teaching us to be the next indigenous leaders, our student senate officers are preparing another great experience for our clubs and organizations, and our administration is preparing for our trip to Washington D.C to advocate for Haskell. 

This is the time of change for Haskell. It up to you, the student body, to create change, advocate for what you want out of Haskell, and most importantly to make your experience at Haskell one that will last a lifetime.

I hope that you all have a successful, exciting, and memorable semester students.

Categories: EDUCATION

Haskell Student Activists March to City Hall

January 25, 2019 - 7:21pm

by Dacotah Hasvold

Haskell Students gather in front of City hall for the Indigenous People’s Movement March (Photo by: Dacotah Hasvold)

A crowd of student activists gathered in front of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum in solidarity with the nationwide Indigenous People’s Movement, whose goal is “uniting the Indigenous peoples across the World to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children from North, Central and South America, Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean”.

Haskell President, Dr. Daniel Wildcat spoke briefly, thanking the students for braving the cold weather to bring attention to issues that are all too often ignored, saying that, although marches like this are sometimes dismissed as purely symbolic, “We know better. Symbols matter. Words matter. And your actions matter.”  

A prayer was said, songs were sung, then the protesters began the miles long march to city hall. Shouts of “No more missing sisters!” and “This is what democracy looks like!” could be heard as the protesters marched down Massachusetts street, through the heart of downtown Lawrence.

The march wasn’t about any one issue, but rather the onslaught of issues that plague Indigenous communities locally and globally. Because of this, the march meant different things to different people.

Sean Parrish, editor of the Indian Leader, stressed the importance of Native media, saying, “It is important for us to get our voice out there. And for us to tell our own story. Because if we don’t, our stories can get disrupted through the lenses of their (observers’) world views.” A sentiment that is made even more relevant considering that most of the national media attention given to the Indigenous People’s march in Washington D.C. failed to mention any of the issues being protested and chose to instead focus entirely on an encounter with a group of High School students that occured at the end of the March.  

Haskell Alumni, Rain Charger spoke about the meaning that can be found in solidarity and the connections that one can make at Haskell. “If we are talking about Indigenous voices today; know that you are valid. That you matter…we are at Haskell, this is the only place where this happens, in the world. Where so many tribes commingle. Remember that. Use that to your advantage.”

Student senate president Lindsey Robinson, who helped organize the event, made a passionate speech about many of the issues facing Native peoples today. She brought attention to the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women in North America whose cases have gone unsolved. As well as police violence against Natives; according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native Americans are killed in police encounters at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group.

She talked about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests that occured on the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota, noting that the president’s “first order of business” upon assuming the role as commander in chief, was to sign two executive orders to move forward with the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline, ending the environmental impact assessment associated with those projects as well as the public comment period, a massive blow to one of the largest Intertribal protests in modern history.

She also decried the separation of thousands of children from their families that has occured at the Mexican border as part of a new immigration strategy proposed by the current administration. These children are then kept in fenced in areas that have been described as cages.

Lastly she addressed the representation of Native american history in public education, saying, “We get one page in a history textbook for five hundred and twenty seven years of genocide and assimilation.”

After everyone had spoken, many of the protesters began the long, cold walk back to Haskell.

Categories: EDUCATION

Vol. 121 – Issue 11

December 11, 2018 - 1:31pm

Below is the complete digital version of our final issue for the Fall 2018 semester. We’ll be back in January 2019 with our usual content from the oldest Native American student newspaper!

Happy holidays and safe travels!

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Categories: EDUCATION

Official 2018 Homecoming King Candidates

October 8, 2018 - 4:52pm

Haskell Volleyball Recap 10/5/18

October 5, 2018 - 1:06pm

By Patrick Tate

RECAP: Haskell traveled to Lindsborg, Kan., to face off against the Bethany College Swedes.

Haskell Women jumped off to a great start, quickly finishing off the Swedes with a set one win of 25-14. The next two sets weren’t as glamorous for them as they lost the second set 21-25 and losing the third set 21-25 as well. The women fought back in the fourth set, putting up a major fight to try and mount a comeback, winning the fourth set 27-25.

It came down to the fifth and final set, where the two teams fought to win the sudden death match. The Swedes jumped out to four to nothing lead and really never looked back. They eventually won the set 15- 10 and won the match with a set count of 3-2.

STATS: Alliyah Richards led the team in kills once again with a game leading 22. Amber Whitehair was a force to be reckoned with in assisting, finishing with 41. The team finished with seven blocks compared to Bethany colleges eight.

Sophia Honahni, Cailey Lujan, and Alliyah Richards all finished with over 20 digs in the match, helping to bolster our defense for the game. We finished the game with 125 digs as a team, actually the same exact amount as Bethany College.

This brings the Haskell Women’s team record to 2-12 on the season, certainly a result that the women are disappointed in.

The Women’s Volleyball will be back in action this weekend at the College
of the Ozark Tournament. on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6 in Point Lookout, MO

For more information you visit the Haskell Volleyball website:

http://www.haskellathletics. com/

Indian Leader Comic – October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018 - 12:58pm

By Tiffany Blevins

Indigenous Women Congressional Candidates Visit

October 5, 2018 - 12:55pm

By Tiffany Blevins

Tommaney Hall was visited by two Congressional Candidates on Sunday, Sept., 9.

Congressional candidates; Sharice Davids (Ho-chunk), Democatic primary winner for Kansas State Representative and Deb Haaland (La- guna-Pueblo), New Mexico 1st Congressional district Democratic winner. Davids and Haaland have the unique opportunity of becoming the First Indigenous Women in Congress. Their running marks a historical turning point for America and Indian Country.

Davids, Haskell University alumna, said “There is not one way to look like an American. There is not one way to be successful. There is not one way to be a change-maker”. Davids said she wants to be an elected official who is more concerned with listening to the people on policies rather than coming in with all of the answers.

Haaland, is a graduate from University of New Mexico Law School. She informed attendees that she wants to go to D.C. to help those who struggle in life.

When asked what advice they would give to Haskell students pursuing positions of leadership, both women answer was to get involved and to build a network. Davids jokingly said “Take naps as often as possible”

Students Voice Concerns about Campus IT

October 5, 2018 - 12:48pm

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) hired the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to assess and provide recommendations on the state of internet technology throughout TCU’s.

As part of that assessment, representatives from AIHEC held a formal listening session in Pontiac Hall to hear from students and faculty about the internet technology needs at Haskell. AIHEC Sr. Associate for Strategic Initiatives, Al Kuslikis, facilitated the meeting and listened to student concerns on topics ranging from unreliable WiFi to campus food security. A common theme that resurfaced throughout the meeting was the perceived lack of communication between students, faculty and administration.

One student at the session contrasted his experience at Haskell with his experience taking classes at KU. He complimented KU’s considerable use of online resources that helped facilitate communication and improved the quality of his educational experience. Another student suggested offering Blackboard training to faculty members who don’t feel comfortable using the website for their classes. Other suggestions included: the ability to view and make payments on your student account online to reduce foot traffic at the Bursar’s Office, offering Online/E- Learning courses for out-of-state and off-campus students to expand enrollment, and upgrading old Internet hardware on campus.

Haskell Chief Information Officer, Josh Arce, confirmed plans to install wireless internet access points to approximately 700 rooms across campus. The $750,000 project has been in the works for over a year but wasn’t approved after the project’s quote came back higher than expected. While no concrete timeline has yet been established, Arce says that he expects work to begin this semester and continue through Christmas break.

If everything goes to plan, before summer break every dorm and classroom will have access to campus Wi-Fi without having to worry about supplying their own router or falling into a dead zone.

Haskell Indian Art Market

October 3, 2018 - 5:55pm

Photo & Story By Marie Davis

The Haskell Indian Art market was founded in 1987 and for more than thirty years has provided a venue for Native American artists.  In addition to the art on display, students danced all day Saturday and Sunday. Ranging from cloth to grass dancers, attendees also had the chance to view different tribal dances. Visitors also had the opportunity to browse the many varieties of artwork and meet the artists.

Veronica Benally, of the Navajo tribe, drove from Gallup, New Mexico. She said, “It’s a nice get away from home, the market has a lot of good advertisement. We look forward to seeing friends that we’ve made here and meeting new people.”

A former Haskell graduate Nicole Bennett, of the Washoe tribe, flew all the way from California to show off her art and visit old friends.

Alice Saloe, of the Jemez-Pueblo Tribe, drove from New Mexico. She came to show and sell her uniquely colored and finely detailed pottery. She came to the market on the recommendation of a friend. Over time, Haskell has become Saloe’s “Home away from home.”

Oglala Sioux and his wife drove down from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It was their second year attending the art market. “Every show you go to is different, usually you find out when you get there whether it’s worth the drive or not. As an artist you take a chance anywhere, like a gamble, and for the most part it’s definitely worth the drive.”

Haskell Cross Country Recap 10/3/18

October 3, 2018 - 5:50pm

The men’s Cross Country team had a meet at Missouri Southern State on Saturday September 15th . Haskell finished in 12th place at the event, directly in the middle of the twenty-four-school event. Our fastest runner at the 8km run was Jessie Mandelena, finishing with a time of 27:57.1, a competing score which earned him 32nd place out of 227 competing runners.

Freshmen Dorian Daw was our second fastest runner, coming in with a time of 28:23.3 which earned him 48th place in the meet. Rounding out our top three runners, sophomore Sielak Tuckfield ran the eight-kilometer track with a time of 29:03.5, netting him 69th in the meet. Our total score ended up being 323, only 4 away from 11th place; College of the Ozarks, who finished with 319. Hutchinson CC won the event with an official team score of 42.

Women’s Cross Country also made an appearance at the Missouri Southern State Meet on Saturday. They finished in 18th place at the Women’s 5000-meter race with a score of 505. Our fastest runner was sophomore Tavia Hart who finished in 86th place with a time of 21:20.4. Close behind her was fellow sophomore Anika Francis, finishing with a time of 21:34.2 and finishing in 95th place. Chantel Yazzie, also a sophomore, finished in 140th out of 205 runners with a time of 22:51.1. All in all amazing performances!

The Cross-Country teams next meet is at the Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Meet at KU on the 29th of September so lets all get out there and support our amazing cross-country runners!

Haskell Horoscopes: October

October 3, 2018 - 5:39pm

By Joseph Singh


(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Take it easy. You have a solid plan. Stay focused and stick to it! Remember to make time for true friends.


(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Keep working hard. Your efforts will pay off. You are in the middle of transformation and it is difficult, but it will be worth it! Stay strong! Comfort will be found when necessary.


(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You have the ability to do amazing things. People follow. Use that ability to contribute to projects. Help making something good be great.


(Apr 20 – – May 20)

Don’t forget to see the beauty in everything. Be grateful and appreciative for everyone and everything in your life.


(May 21 – June 20)

Be the life of the party! Set the tone. Be the spark that ignites excitement and fun. Surround yourself with Pisces and Virgo, so they can babysit you


(June 21 – July 22)

Support the people around you. Offer your common sense and honesty, but be uplifting. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything. Passion is on the horizon.


(July 23 – Aug 22)

My Leo people! Go big, but be careful. Any big plans should be well thought out. Only if you’re on your game will you be able to pull it off.


(Aug 23 – Sept 22)

Beautiful Virgos! Keep being the angels that you are. Take time to do the things that you enjoy doing. Read that book. Take that walk. Be excited for the future.


(Sept 23 – Oct 22)

Calm down. Everything will be alright. Savor the season. Smell the air and notice the change happening all around. You are more loved than you know.


(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Be careful who you trust. Use your discernment to feel who should be with at certain moments. Find yourself only in good, uplifting, and outgoing company. Love is blossoming for you. Choose your partner wisely.


(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your mind roams. Don’t get too far from the beautiful surroundings you find yourself in. Go all in on every holiday this season.


(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you Capricorns for being around and helpful when we need you. Don’t be afraid to ask for anything. You will get it.

(For entertainment purposes only.)

Interview: Haskell Student Filmmaker

September 20, 2018 - 5:22pm

By Kayla Bointy

Two short films made by Haskell Students are being featured at the Free State Film festival. The student films will be shown at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, September 23; Admission is Free! The film Did Anything Wrong was a complete Haskell effort, and has already achieved such accolades as the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Filmed, produced, and written entirely on Haskell campus. Starring Haskell Students now alumni; Damon Peak (Main Actor) Keaton Guess (detective 1) Roman Yearby (rookie cop) Tylynn Broncho (bank teller) and Michael Begay (Director). Indian Leader interviewed their very own staff member Chris Talkalai; who wrote the film and goes by the nom de plume, Kriss Velvet.


Graduated with an AA in Media Communications is currently a Junior in the IAIS program.

How do you feel about your work of art being featured?

Its surprising! I usually just write to write.

Congratulations, the film won the People’s Choice Award up at A.I.H.E.C, does this come as a surprise?

I was amazed we got any recognition, usually the first work you create is for fun. But after we won The People’s Choice Award it feels like I’ve earned that title of being a “writer”.

What was your inspiration and the process of writing this piece?

It took about a year and there were about nine to twelve rewrites.

I don’t think a lot about inspiration, this idea just came to my head. After the Welcome Back Powwow that’s where I originally intended it to be set, but after production started we moved it to the cultural center parking lot.

So, you wrote it with the intention of filming on Haskell?

Yes, I did.

Do you write everything with the intentions of it being made into a film?

I write outlines, not everything I write is in a screenplay or manuscript format. I’ve written a few theater scripts for thunderbird theatre rehearsals.

What made you want to make it into a film or how did it happen?

My roommate at the time, Michael Begay picked my script. I did a few rewrites, then we did a read through, later he pointed out some flaws in the story line, after that he added his additional notes and scenes. I wrote the main part and Michael came on as a co-writer during the story boarding process.

I know you wrote, collaborated and pieced it all together all in your room, so this was basically born in Roe Cloud. What’s your fondest memory from the making of the film?

(Laughs) Yeah after all the rewrites we had our whole dorm wall covered with the story board scenes throughout the project. The fondest memory was on filming the first day, where we filmed the cop car scene, we were there, had our script and storyboard, with the main actor. For me it was that moment of let’s stop talking about and do it. If you believe, you can make it happen.

Do you think you’ll be doing any Haskell collabs in the future?

Actually, we are working on something currently, we’re in the planning phase before pre- production. I just finished the short story for it.

It’s nice KU is highlighting student films however; do you think Haskell should have an outlet for their own student filmmakers?

The film club is working towards that, we’re just trying to get more people involved to hold film fests.

Do you have any plans after you graduate?

I think I’m going to stay in Lawrence, I have family coming here and I’m saving towards doing my own independent films.

Another film being highlighted made by a Haskell student is ANXIETY by Roberts Hicks Jr., Pyramid Lake Paiute; who is a Senior in the Indigenous American Indian Studies Program.

College Life: Partying Within the Dungeon

September 14, 2018 - 5:12pm

Rashad Squalls

Students who choose to party are more vulnerable to alcohol and substance abuse.
Here at Haskell Indian Nations University many of us come from cities, reservations, and rural
areas all with the purpose of continuing our education. Some students are straight out of high
school, others decide to return to earn a college degree. Haskell is abundant with new faces each
semester. Students get a fresh start and opportunity to gain new knowledge and connections
while their time here.

Haskell Alumna, Kimberly Delk, said “If you’re going to abuse substances be smart about it,
don’t think you need to be cool to impress anyone because at the end of the day it’s going to be
you who walks across the stage”. Although substance abuse is a contributor to Haskell’s dropout
rate Delk feels that students have situations going on at home, making it difficult to adapt to a
new environment on campus. “Stay focused on your main goal which is to graduate, it is of
upmost importance to finish what you started” Delk said.

Student rights specialist, Danelle McKinney said “Dorm parties, which we don’t allow, almost
always include alcohol and/or other substances. It is our responsibility as Haskell University staff
members to enforce student conduct for the health and safety of the campus.” According to
McKinney “Haskell University has seen an increase in alcohol/illegal substance abuse for both
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters”. Date rape has also become a concern for McKinney.
“Some of our students leave campus to find another place to party, unfortunately we’ve had
some incidents where students return victims of date rape”. What McKinney suggests for
students to take a look at the amnesty clause found in the code of conduct book, section four. She
also points out that this clause is designed to help students seek resources for assistance. “The
code of conduct was not put together to be seen as punitive by nature” concludes McKinney.
Vice President of Haskell University services, Tonia Salvini, said “Students who choose to abuse
substances could be putting their lives at risk, some of these drugs could be laced with toxic
chemicals such as fentanyl unbeknownst”. Salvini said “Chicago, Illinois has just undergone
scrutiny from officials due to an increase of laced drugs from traffickers, since Illinois is not too
far from Kansas I am worried about it reaching our campus”.

Former Haskell student, Vinnie Hiratsuka, shared his personal experiences dealing with
substance abuse. “Quitting drinking wasn’t easy, I was 24 years old when my alcoholism had
completely become full blown. My violent drunk behavior resulted in me being asked to leave a
trade school that I was attending at the time, as I was told not to return”. Hiratsuka feels that as
Native Americans it is our responsibility to change the stereotypes that people hold against us,
concerning substance abuse. “The stigma attached to Natives and alcohol is a dark one but not
always accurate, especially from people who are on the outside looking in. Outsiders have no
idea about this illness or Native culture and make assumptions based off ignorance. I haven’t
touched alcohol since the day I’ve decided to quit, 14 years ago. If I can do it, anyone can”.

It is not only smart but it is a good idea to have a plan when going out with your friends
for the night. Some helpful tips to keep in mind would be to utilize the buddy system.
Bring someone who you can trust and always be aware of your surroundings. If you do decide to
separate from each other get as much contact information about the person that your friend left with, such
as their name, license plate number, and phone number. Following these simple tips can help students
have a simpler college experience while living in Lawrence.

Demilitarize Law Enforcement!

September 14, 2018 - 3:41pm

As the world stood in awe at the movement unfolding on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation- the images of armored vehicles, sonic weapons, automatic rifles, and attack dogs- some began to wonder: when did law enforcement begin to resemble the U.S. military? From Ferguson to Baltimore, the nation has seen numerous instances of our streets being turned into war zones and the divide between law enforcement and the public increasing. Indigenous peoples continue to face the brutality of militarized policing for resisting the violation of treaty law and protecting the lives of future generations. It turns out, the militarization of law enforcement can be traced back to a government program created in the 90s to counter drug crimes.

The 1033 Program was created by the Department of Defense in 1991 and allows for the transfer of surplus military equipment to local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies. As reported by NPR, the 1033 program has sanctioned the transfer of $6 billion in military surplus gear including a reported 79, 288 assault rifles, 205 grenade launchers, 11,959 bayonets, 3,972 combat knives, and 479 bomb detonator robots. According to an article from CNN published in July of 2017, investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) posed as a fake law enforcement agency and were able to obtain $1.2 million worth of military surplus gear, demonstrating the lack of oversight on the 1033 program. A report from the ACLU observes that since the program’s birth, SWAT team are becoming frighteningly common among police departments; a phenomenon that has disproportionately impacted communities of color. In 2011 and 2012 alone, 54% of people impacted by SWAT deployments were African American or Latinx. A new study published in the National Academy of Sciences found that police militarization disproportionately affects communities of color while failing to reduce crime and harming police reputation.

I ask the Haskell community to join together and demand Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Jerry Moran, and Representative Lynn Jenkins co-sponsor the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1556; S. 1856). The bill would end the transferring of unnecessary weapons of war to law enforcement agencies. My name is Marcus Ruff and I am a community activist working for the Friends Committee On National Legislation to organize the Lawrence community to lobby congress to end the militarization of law enforcement. I will be scheduling lobby visits, hosting regular lobby trainings, town halls, and a movie screening to the public. Anyone from the Haskell community wanting to join my efforts or wants to learn more you can contact me at


The Intercept Article:

NPR Article:

CNN Article:

ACLU Report:

National Academy of Sciences:

Haskell Athletic Recap 9/10 – 9/16

September 13, 2018 - 12:12pm

Womens Volleyball- The 2-7 Fighting Indian’s Women’s Volleyball team faced off against the Avila University Eagles this Wednesday. They lost the match 3-0 on set counts of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-17. This ended an absolutely brutal road stretch for the women spanning over 8 games and over 2 weeks. I know the ladies must be ecstatic to come back to their home fans and get their season back on track when they host their own Haskell TRI starting September 15th. Let’s be sure to get out there to Coffin and show our undying support for our Fighting Indians.


In other news, the Men’s Cross Country team are looking to redeem their recent loss at the Maple Leaf Invite at MSSU this weekend on September 15th.



Indian Leader Comic – September 5, 2018

September 6, 2018 - 5:43pm