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Students Respond to Former Housing Directors’ Arrest

September 6, 2018 - 5:17pm

Within every community there is a unique paradigm of trial and tribulation. The people that comprise the community build it up, setting the foundation for the next generation. Pillars of the community set the precedence for how we act and conduct ourselves. In this evolving tribal unit the hopes and dreams of a people are realized. This is the outcome many of us hope for when we finally settle ourselves into the lives that we live. The real world however, is a reality in which the truth permeates throughout history without a single second of hesitation.

It has now come to our attention that former Director of Housing Thomas Alan Spotted- Horse was arrested in Lawton, Oklahoma for alleged sex crimes against 2 young children. SpottedHorse, 61, retired in May of 2018 after serving Haskell for 27 years. Junior Jamie Colvin said “It is really upsetting for this figure, in our eyes, had to make those type of choices. It is really disappointing.” The severity of the allegations have shocked the community here at Haskell, but also in Lawton and Anadarko, where other Native communities have strong ties to Haskell.

Anonymous statement from a Haskell Alumni and former student worker

” I would like to address how LJWorld bashed Haskell. Never anything positive—only negative articles to write about our institution which is absolutely disheartening considering all  of the amazing students we have here. “

While this is certainly a terrible occurrence within the indigenous community, let us not forget the multitude of issues that we currently face.
Native women are at the forefront of the #MeToo movement raising awareness about violence against women. Our people are still fighting for equal rights and accurate representation. Our identity is still in the land that we live on, our history is still one of unparalleled adversity and undeniable resilience. The actions of one man shouldn’t tear our community apart, it should give us the solidarity to come and care for each other, to be there for the people that need it, to make good medicine and even summon justice for those that deserve it.

The expectations of his pending trial remain to be seen, but the community here will be watching and informed.

Haskell Volleyball Starts the Season Off with 2 Wins

September 6, 2018 - 4:14pm

Lady Indians celebrating their win

Lady Indians had three games this past week, winning one and losing the other two. The win was against Bethany College. The women won the game with major contributions all around. Junior Alliyah Richards once again leading the team with 20 kills over the 4 sets. Cailey Lujan, of Many Farms, AZ, was fantastic with her serves, finishing with 6 service aces. We also had kills from Jasmine Boyd, Robyn Olivar, Sydney Dray, Cheristine Mousseau, Nia Nelson, Christen Tenorio and Aline Barton. The team won with a set count of 4-1.


On to the losses. It was a learning experience for the Lady Indians. We lost the match with a set count of 3-0. William Penn’s Jordan Carter and Alexis Witherspoon proved to be a challenge for the women, both scoring 12 times each. Alliyah Richards had 13 kills in the contest, with Sydney Dray in second with 5. Sophia Honahni had 16 digs leading the defense. Their second match in the Kansas Wesleyan Tournament was also a lost by the set count of 3-0. Alliyah Richards had 11 kills on 27 total attempts.

Lady Indians will be back in action this weekend as they will be attending the Bake Invitational on Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8th in Baldwin City, KS.Lady Indians celebrating their winHaskell Volleyball Student Section


Convocation Fall 2018

September 6, 2018 - 4:00pm

Fall 2018 Convocation AudienceHaskell Students; Calvin Smith, Jose Santos-McCauley, and Elias Hermany-horses opened the Fall 2018 Convocation with a flag song.
The event was held in the Haskell Auditorium Tuesday August 28th. Speakers such as Acting VP of Academics, Dr. Dan Wildcat, spoke about the Haskell Leadership and left everyone with four words to remember, “We Are Still Here.” Student Senate President, Lindsey Robinson, reminded students of Haskell’s boarding school past and the responsibilities placed upon students to strive for their goals, not only for themselves, but for those who never were given the opportunity to do so.

“Coming to Haskell wasn’t always a choice.” she said. The event proceeded on to Dr. Wildcat swearing in the four 2018/2019 Student Senate members. Students were then introduced to student athletes and coaches representing the golf, basketball, softball, volleyball, and cross-country teams as well as the newly appointed Athletic Director, Nana Allison-Brewer.

To conclude the ceremony, Haskell Brave, Troy Watterson, led the auditorium in the closing prayer, followed by a communal rendition of the school song “Onward Haskell.”

2018-2019 Student Senate Pres. Lindsey Robinson 2018 Sudent Senate Officers Swearing In

Welcome to Haskell from Student Senate President Lindsey Robinson

August 29, 2018 - 3:09pm

Haskell Student Senate President Lindsey Robinson

I am Lindsey Beth Robinson, a member of the Wah-Zha-Zhi (Osage) Nations, a sister, a colleague, and a leader for change. I was born and raised in Denver Colorado and moved to Kansas my senior year of high school. I graduated from Blue Valley North High School in 2015 and began my college career at Haskell Indian Nations University the following fall.
This year I will be your student senate president and I have every intention to making this a great and successful year for all of our student body. Over the next year, we will all be in pursuit of our higher education and along the way there may be concerns or ideas that can help make our university better. I encourage students to share your ideas with myself and my senate member colleagues to continue making Haskell better and to help develop your leadership qualities.
I hope each and every student has a great experience this year and good luck to everyone as our classes begin.
Lindsey Robinson

Haskell Athletics Recap Aug 19th-25th 2018

August 27, 2018 - 4:44pm

Haskell Women’s Volleyball won their first game of the season against Stephens College photo by Reid Williams

By Patrick Tate

The new year for Haskell sports officially began Saturday evening with the Women’s Volleyball team scraping together a close win against Stephens college. It was a close match, going all the way to the 5th set, with the Haskell Women winning that set 15-8.
5’11 Junior, Alliyah Richards was fantastic for the Fighting Indians holding onto a team-leading 19 kills on 40 total attempts, as well as 5 blocks in the contest. Cailey Lujan finished with 12 kills, while also racking up 16 digs. Jasmine Boyd led the team in Digs with 24, really solidifying our defense. Overall these wonderful athletes did a fantastic job of coming back from 2-1 in the set count and pulling out the victory. This puts them at 1-0 on the season and hopefully is a good omen for the rest of their campaign. The women play Bethany College Wednesday at 7:00pm at the Coffin Sports Complex. Last game we had an attendance of 115, but let’s get that up to 150, so make sure to come out and support!
In other sports news, there is a Cross Country meet in Baldwin City on Saturday, Sep 1, so if you can make it, make sure to go out there and show your Fighting Indians some support!

Haskell Indian Leader Reporter Sean Parrish Returns from Summer Internship in New York

August 15, 2018 - 2:49pm

Sean Parrish standing in front of City University of New York sign

By Sean Parrish

Traveling 85 blocks by subway from Harlem to Manhattan was my weekday schedule for two months while I lived in the city that never sleeps; New York City.

I was offered an opportunity that I could not turn down. I, along with 18 other young driven individuals from around the country were selected, out of the 100+ people who applied, to participate in the Knight CUNY J Diversity Initiative fellowship at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (now Knight Newmark J Diversity Initiative fellowship at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY).

This program, made possible thanks to a generous $1.2 million John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant, “serves to address under-representation in U.S newsroom by helping build a stronger pipeline of academically excellent and digitally trained minority journalist”. Each week professors at the university were invited to teach us a variety set of journalism skills such as; smartphone reporting, research techniques, data journalism, photography, audio, and digital storytelling.

In addition of being in the fellowship, we all had individual internships at news publications that were located throughout the 5 boroughs. My internship was with Voices of New York, which is a publication that highlights work of non-mainstream community and ethnic media outlets located throughout the NYC metropolitan area. Being mentored by such talented individuals was an amazing experience.

Being the only Native American in this intense fellowship in the media capital of the world was definitely a rewarding experience. I learned a lot about NYC like how it has the largest urban Native American population in the U.S, but most importantly I obtained the knowledge and skills that will aid me in achieving my future goals. I highly encourage aspiring Native journalists to apply because you will gain new skills and friends but most importantly because we need to tell our own stories.

The 19 Fellows and the Program directors, Sean Parrish was the only Native American fellow

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For more information about this program you can visit the website at


Kayla’s Declassified Haskell Survival Guide 1

August 9, 2018 - 1:00pm

Kayla Bointy, Indian Leader staff writer

By Kayla Bointy

It’s that time of year again! Haskell will be welcoming a wave of new students. As a returning student myself who loves shopping for school supplies, here are some necessities for Haskell Class and Dorm Life.

School Supplies Suggestions

Back Pack / Book Bag (no this isn’t high school, but you will be walking across campus carrying books and stuff, don’t be that guy)
Pens! Get a pack they don’t have to be fancy (because you will lose them!)
*Graphing Calculator (Can be a bit pricey but it’s best to have your own, even though there are some available at the Library, however supplies are limited)
Multiple Flash Drives! (always, always, always back up what you’re working on. Again don’t be that guy!)
I did not include a Laptop or Printer, because Haskell is really good about providing computer and printing services either at the library, Student Success, or TRIO. But you should have
College Ruled Notebooks with folders inside
Binders and Folders (if you’re using a binder College Ruled Paper to fill. I would suggest *Graph Paper for Algebra classes helps keep notes organized)
*Colored Pens (for notes especially with algebra classes)
*for Math Classes
Note Cards
Organizer (small or desktop its best to keep track of important dates and assignments someplace else other than your phone!)
Post Its (Optional or for marking in books if that’s your thing)
Surge Protector

Dorm Life

Router! (If you want WiFi in your room)
Twin XL or Twin Bed Sheets, comforter, pillows etc.
Storage Solutions (simple bin for snacks or supplies)
Shower Caddy
Slides and or Flip flops (protect your feet! Communal showers … for Freshman living in Pocahontas, Blalock, and OK Hall)
Laundry Basket/ Hamper with Handles
Laundry Detergent, Softener, Dryer Sheets
Toilet Paper! (if you live in Roe Cloud or Blalock )
Cleaning Supplies (Roe Cloud and Blalock residents you will be responsible for keeping your bathrooms clean)
Trash Can / Trash Bags
Shower Curtain (for Roe Cloud and Blalock Students)
Bowls (for Ramen and what not)
Basic Utensils (spoons or forks in which to eat your Ramen with)
In freshman dorms microwaves and coffee pots are not allowed, but there is a kitchen available in each dorm.
As for decorative tips, you can buy a curtain, hang pictures or lights but keep it to a minimum, space is limited and always use Command Strips! After all this is an Essentials list. All these things can be found at the local Walmart, Dollar Tree, or Five Below. There’s no need to break the bank, shop smart!
Hope it helps and welcome to the Haskell Family!


Indian Leader Receives Nine Awards at the Native American Journalists Association 2018 Native Media Awards

June 15, 2018 - 11:32am

Congratulations to Haskell Indian Leader students for their awards received from the Native American Journalists Association 2018 Native Media Awards.

In addition to the awards, Indian Leader editor, Hunter Hotulke, Seminole, was selected as a Native American Journalist fellow for the 2018 conference in Miami, Florida. Congratulations to all our students.

Print / Online – Best Editorial

Second Place
Amanda Smith
Haskell Indian Leader
Cultural Imperialism

Third Place
Hunter Holtulke
Haskell Indian Leader
Are you getting your money’s worth at Thorpe?

Print / Online – Best Sports Photo

First Place
Reid Williams
Haskell Indian Leader
Haskell Athletics Recognized Six Seniors on the Women’s Basketball team

Second Place
Reid Williams
Haskell Indian Leader
The Haskell Men’s Basketball Team

Print / Online – Best Feature Photo

Second Place
Reid Williams,
Haskell Indian Leader
T. Sequoyah

Third Place
Damon Peak
Haskell Indian Leader
Smokey McKinney

Print / Online – Best Feature Story

Honorable Mention
Kayla Bointy
Haskell Indian Leader
Ghostly figure seen at Curtis Hall

Print / Online – Best News Photo
Second Place
Diamond Williams
Haskell Indian Leader
Haskell graduate walks into Coffin Complex

General Excellence in Student Coverage
Third Place
Haskell Indian Leader
Haskell Indian Nations University

Words of Wisdom From our Bachelor Graduates

May 15, 2018 - 4:52pm

By Kayla Bointy
As the Spring Semester of 2018 is winding down, classes are done, and we power through finals. We will soon bid adieu to the Graduating Class of 2018. Let’s hear from some familiar faces we will miss seeing. Soon to be proud Haskell Alumni, Indian leader interviewed a select few on their words of nostalgia and hope for the future.
1.) Please state your name tribe and degree.
2.) What has been your most memorable experience at Haskell?
3.) Moving forward what are your goals?
4.) How has Haskell prepared you for your next step?
5.) How do you Define success?
6.) If you could change anything about your time at HINU what would it be?
7.) Any Words of wisdom for your fellow peers or freshman?

Warren Griffin Jr
Warren E. Griffin Jr., Yup’ik from Boston Mass., graduating senior with the IAIS degree
The most memorable experience at Haskell has been kickin’ it with my Phi Sigma Nu Brothers!
I plan on working with Native youth in Boston after completing my education here at Haskell. I have a strong passion with working with youth and helping them achieve their educational goals.
Haskell has prepared me by challenging me to think about what is means to be an educated Native man, I must express sovereignty and attempt to decolonize education for future generations.
I define success by obtaining goals set out for yourself and being happy with those goals
If I could change one thing about HINU, is having more elders on campus for us to interact with.
Words of wisdom for the freshmen is to SHOW UP TO ALL YOUR CLASSES, because that will set up a positive cycle in your classes…when you show up to class, you will have to do the homework and readings, when you do your homework and readings for class, you want to show up to class.
Alista Thorne
Alista J Thorne San Carlos Apache Tribe, Arizona
My most memorable experience at Haskell was winning Miss Haskell 2014-2015 because I was the first freshman to win, I was up against great competition, and given the opportunity to represent not only my tribe but all the tribes that attended Haskell. Before I stepped off the stage as Miss Haskell, after being crowned, the news had already traveled home and across Indian country… it showed me the networking behind “Haskell’s Name”.
Moving forward from Haskell I’d like to enjoy time to myself for at least a semester then apply to grad school for my passion in Communication Studies
Haskell has given me many opportunities but Most of all it has shown me to cherish every person who leaves a mark in your life because there are so many people from my home and here at Haskell that have made a positive impact on my life some of which aren’t in this world anymore.
Success is the idea of getting to a state of being content, Happy, and fulfilled in whatever endeavors you conquered.
If I could change anything about my time at Haskell it would be to take every single opportunity placed in my path…apply for scholarship, apply to be a student ambassador EVERY semester, play every intermural sport, etc.
As Native American people it is up to us to change or establish the image non-native Americans see, it is our place to educate those who are ignorant, and make movements to show we are here, we are strong, and we will remain ✊

Jeremy Attocknie
Jeremy Attocknie: Muscogee creek, Graduating senior with a Bachelor’s in Business.
Most memorable experience was working on the haunted house.
I plan to work and then continue on with more school, either Master’s degree or culinary school.
I define success as Achieving the steps toward your main goal.
I wish I was a little more involved on campus during my first semesters.
Words of wisdom, Don’t let that procrastinating bug get to you and remember to keep up with you class work.

Congratulations to the Graduates! Please remember you are now Proud Haskell Alumni and always a part of the Haskell Family. We wish you the best on your future endeavors.

Congratulations Haskell Indian Nations University Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 Graduates 235 Graduates Total!

May 15, 2018 - 4:40pm

Haskell graduates

* – Fall 2017 Graduate
∆ – Summer 2018 Graduate

Cody Ganton Anderson
Robert Wayne Ankney *
Talia Sioux Anquoe *
Adler G. Aspaas-Montoya *
April Atchak
Jeremy Attocknie ∆
Kylee Sinclaire Autaubo
Robert Michael Gabriel Barraza *
Janeé Bates
Clayton Baxter
Brettnee Denise Beartrack-Jones
Patricia G. Beatty
Michael Robert Lupe Begay
Krystal J. Berryhill *
Shelsea Devonna Bia *
Hailee Vera Birdtail
Shanon Jo Black
Reginald L. Black Elk III ∆
Kayla Marie Bointy
Danielle Sabrie Boline
Georgia K.R. Boyer
Alicia Sherrill Brown *
Raven Dante Brown-Hill
Zachary James Bruns
Asia Harjo Budd
Alia Eryn Buffalohead
Jesus Campanero Jr.
Travis Alan Campbell *
William L.E. Candyfire *
Nicole Charley
Natasha Marie Goodfox Chenot
Tyler J. Claw
Lacey Jean Coleman
Jamie Kay Colvin *
Jessica Cook-Furst *
Justina Claire Coriz
Aliceson LaVillian Cournoyer
Joshua Alan Cox
Kaitlyn Michelle Cronemeyer *
Shailene Crowfeather *
Cheyenne Miyah Culley *
Shirley Cypher
Michael Scott Daniels *
Kristy Feather Daugherty
Elizabeth Lorraine Davey
Michael Dewayne Davis *
Daryline Pearl Dayzie *
Ronita C. Dazen
Miranda Rain DeHose
Kendra LaChelle Delk
Randa M. Deluna *
Dominique L. Demmert ∆
Yasmine Denny *
Gabriel B. Desrosiers Jr. *
Tristen Marie Devine *
Donald J. Dewit *
Clifford Randall Douma, Jr. ∆
Kyle David Drake *
Kendall Dray *
Mariah Dray *
Seth J. Dreadfulwater ∆
Michelle N. Dunn
Obadiah Ezra Malachi Eastman *
Canté Mollie Marie England
Orion Ennis
Justin K. Ennis *
Stephen Noel Esmond
Sabrina A. Etcitty
Cindy Marie Farlee
De’Ja LarMarie Finley *
Kason Dane Franks *
Ian J. Gambill
Joshua I. Garcia
Quanah Lynne Gardipee
Rose Elizabeth Garnanez
Michael I. Garnanez *
Caleen R. Gene ∆
KiAllen Gibson *
Keyahna Lee Glass
Alejandra Carolina Gonzalez
Alyssiana Rose Gonzalez
Alejandra C. Gonzalez *
Melanie Goodbear
Marisa Goodman
Jonathan Goombi
Dreamer Kendra Greene
Warren E. Griffin Jr.
Remington Coyote Gritts
Chloe Rose Gunville
Taylor Alexis Hall
Mariah S. Hanna ∆
Sydney Virginia-Mamie Harper ∆
Marci Hensley
Robin Kay Hicks *
Robert Hicks Jr.
Brandon Lee William Hoaglen
Noah Killsenemy at Night Holder *
Latashia R. Holiday
Hunter Ryan Hotulke
Baron Jack Hoy
Cody G. Hummingbird
Felicia Dawnn Hummingbird
Austin Jordan Iron Whiteman *
Aiyana Jimeve Jack
Carson P. Janis
Cody Tyler Jenkins
Cody T. Jenkins *
A’ram Johnson
Isaac Anthony Johnson *
Jamal Antwan Jones
Dustin Uriah Kanae
Jordan Theus Knight Kapayou
Victoria J. Kaye
Tia A. Kescoli
Kelsey Lauren Kuhn *
Cody H. Lanyate
Montoya James Laravie *
Darwyn Christopher Largo
RaeShelle Largo *
Shiloh LeBeau ∆
Tanae Zenobia LeClaire
Rowan Royd Lee ∆
Tiala Monique Lewis
Colton Lee Lighthall *
Terrance Chadrick Littlejohn
Terrence Chadrick Littlejohn *
Shana Nicole Celine Lombard *
Shania Ashley Lopez *
Ashley Delores Lucero
Larry David Madden Jr. *
Katie Rae Marchand
Starlatia Marquez *
Mikala Adrianna Marrufo
Kaitlyn M. Martin
Nikki Martinez
Kenneth W. McGee Jr.
Kenneth W. McGee Jr. *
Malcolm J. McGrath
Kordell McReeves
Marcus Lamont McVay Jr.
Joseph Alan Sunny McZegle
Shawnee Rose Merrill *
Mimi Kay Miller
Felicia Cheryl Miner *
Carmen Michelle Morgan
Ryan A. Myore
Kami R. Naylor *
Melony Nelson *
Alisha J. Numan *
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James Dee Osborne *
Rayanna Otterholt
Victoria Marie Pablo
Deanna Kay Pahmahmie Anderegg *
Sean Michael Parrish *
Jae Dawn Payer
Alec Wolfgang Peehler
Steven Daubon Peña *
Patricia A. Peña ∆
Sierra Aspen Penn *
Chelsea Tierra Perry
Joshilyn Amber Pete
Lorenzo Raymond Pino
Vivian Ann Pomeroy
Joshua Michael Posch
Autumn M. Powell
Summer R. Powell
Joseph S. Pratt
Trevor Lane Pueblo *
Cory Lee Quigley
Michael T. Redbear *
Alicia Em Dolores Redfish
Alliyah Plume Richards ∆
Rafael Reyes Rios Jr.
Majesta C. Roach
Diamond Rock
Adrian Gabriel Rodriguez
Robert Roehl II
Angela Romero *
Randi Jaylene Romero *
LōGun Saiz
Alina Serio *
Jacqueline Kelly Shane
Derrick Thomas Sleeper
Bry Cordell Smiley
Brianna Brooke Smith
Weston Lee Smith
Angela Smith *
Shaundeen Nizohni Smith *
Kari Lee Snelding
Ivory Warrior Springer *
Jamie Ursula Stallings
Shaianne Liyah Stands
Odessa Star Comes Out
Marco Dylan Starr
Alyx Lee Stephenson
Kristofer L. Sturm *
Natosi D. Summers
Mary Tah *
Chris Talkalai
Christen Jennie Tenorio *
Trenten Skylor Terrel
Uriah William Thompson *
Alfonso Thorne
Alista J. Thorne
Cassandra Desira Thorne
Kristen Dianne Torres
Joseph T. Tosee
Topanga Jolyn Towns
Shawney Tree Top Jr.
Connor Veneski *
Natasha Rae Wagoner *
Theodore D. Wahquahboshkuk
Kynser Rae Wahwahsuck
Brennah L. Wahweotten *
Cory Hawk Walkingstick *
Geraldine Emily Walsey *
Keli Renee Warrior
Andrew Wathogoma *
Troy Neil Watterson
Heluska Scott Waybenais
Clarene Marie White Lance
Alexandra Rae Wilkerson *
William H. Wilkerson ∆
Diamond Sherrell Williams *
Raye Lee Wilson
Shanahan Reed Wilson
Antwon Winn
Nizhoni Shaandiin Woodie *
Amos Pergis Wright *
Liseanne C. Yazzie
Jamie Kirsten Yazzie *
Samuel Tyler Youngbull
Gavin Zempel

Helpful Advice from Graduates

May 15, 2018 - 4:16pm

By Erynn Ducheneaux

Mimi Miller will be receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Business

Graduation is around the corner for Haskell students, meaning the end of another academic year.

Haskell Graduation is coming up!

As some are departing and starting their new chapter outside of Haskell, there will be a new group of freshman/transfers who will be taking the graduates place in the fall. For a lot of these freshman/transfers, they don’t know what to expect and what to look out for. Two students who will be graduating this Spring had some good advice for the new incoming students. Mimi Miller who will be earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration, wants to use her education to help reservations that need it. Jae Payer who will be receiving her Associates degree in Liberal Arts, plans to return in the Fall to earn a bachelor’s degree. When asked what’s the best advice to give new students? The first thing they both said was “ALWAYS GO TO CLASS!” Jae explained from her experience here at Haskell that “not attending classes adds up in the long run.” The two girls also agreed that time management is a great necessity to have throughout college. In that same sentence, Jae added to “never drink the night before a test, you will regret it!” Mimi mentioned to purchase a planner, “being organized is important.”
Coming to a new school can be stressful, “make sure you got a good advisor. You can always change them if you need to and ask upperclassmen who the helpful advisors are,” Mimi added. As most of this might seem like common sense, it doesn’t hurt to hear it from students who have went through it. Something to keep in the back of your mind that Mimi said helps her is this question, “are you making your ancestors proud?”

Natalie Diaz talks about her new book

May 15, 2018 - 4:11pm

Chris Talkalai

Natalie Diaz speaking at the Haskell Library picture by Chris Talkalai

Natalie Diaz came to visit Haskell Indian Nations University and talk about her new book Post-colonial Love Poem.
“A lot of it is about Indigenous love. How you can express that through natural elements from deserts to storms, to the river, and also trying to love one another in family, even if maybe sometimes our actions are not seen as lovable through outside of our families and communities.”
Ms. Diaz is from the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California.
Many poets and writers attended the event to see Ms. Diaz speaking about the meaning of her poems, and how she gets inspired to write. There were snacks and drinks for everyone that wanted to listen to Ms. Diaz.
After the event she sold and autograph couple books, titled, “When My Brother was an Aztec.” She also gave advice to young writers that like to publish their poetry, she is self-publishing her new book.

Spiritual Awakening

May 15, 2018 - 3:19pm

By Rashad Squalls

Old Curtis Hall

Haskell Indian Nations University has become known for its unexplained accounts of supernatural occurrences. Over the years there has been sightings of spirits, moving objects, and unseen voices all around campus. Many of Haskell’s staff and students can recall personal experiences of bone chilling events.

Elyse Towey, Coordinator of the Office of Student at Haskell, is one of many who can account for strange manifestations. Towey attended Haskell as a student in 1995 and was a resident at Blalock Hall. She shared a dormitory room with another student during her year of graduation.

Late one night while they both slept something startled Towey to awaken. “As I was waking up I looked towards the bathroom where I felt a presence and caught a glimpse of a black silhouette figure that resembled a man. I watched him walk threw our room towards the bathroom and disappear,” states Towey. Towey is now employed by Haskell and has an office on the second floor of Osceola and Keokuk Hall. Towey says that O.K. Hall is most active whenever students leave for break.

One summer she recalls being the only one on the second floor. “I keep my window blinds open so I can see who comes and goes while I am in my office” says Towey. “There were times where I’ve heard footsteps down the hall along with doors opening and closing, I’d stick my head out the door and say hello but get no response” Towey mentions. She even states that she has gone out of her way to see who’s there but comes back empty handed and puzzled. Towey concludes “There has been a lot of trauma and sadness throughout our university’s history prior to Haskell’s current forward movement towards student success.”

Curtis Hall is no stranger when it comes to the paranormal. Staff worker of food services Pat Thompson has witnessed firsthand some episodes of abnormal activity. “Never show fear, once you allow spiritual entities to scare you they will continue to haunt you”, Thompson states.

When Haskell University had a football team Thompson would stay after hours alone in the conference cafeteria room working on school banners for the sports team. Some of those nights he would hear voices coming from the main cafeteria or the doors opening and slamming shut. After checking to see who was there he discovered he was alone after all.

Geri Iron-Whiteman is also a food services staff member who works for Haskell’s bakery department. “Curtis Hall’s paranormal activity is most active at the end or the start of every semester including holidays,” says Iron-Whiteman. “Before Curtis Hall was built in the early 1900’s there was only a path in its place. Many people have traveled along that path before Curtis Hall was built over it, and in a way It resembles a spiritualcrossroad.” says Iron-Whiteman. One morning she arrived to Curtis Hall to start her early six o’clock shift. She was normally the only one present this early, but as Geri turns on the main cafeteria lights she hears a woman’s voice pleasantly greet her saying “Hello, Good morning”. Iron-Whiteman thinks that it was the janitor and responds back with her own good morning greeting. After no further response shegoes on a hunt to find out who had greeted her. After searching Curtis Hall she discovers that she was the only one in the building.

Staff and students have learned to accept the unseen forces that inhabit Haskell’s campus. Many believe that Haskell University is protected and watched over by ancestral beings. Haskell Indian Nations University will always remain a historical landmark full of vast hallways and serene fields.


Haskell Student Still Seeking Payment from Design on T-shirts a Year Later

May 14, 2018 - 4:43pm

By Kayla Bointy

The past student senate president Chris Sindone has been accused of not fully paying an artist for designing the 2017 commencement powwow shirt. Michael Begay stated that “he was owed more money that what he was paid for.” The issue began after a misunderstanding of price, lack of official documentation, and lack of professionalism. Despite a new student senate president Calvin Smith Jr. and nearly a year later the artist has yet to be compensated the $260 dollars he is still owed. After exhausting all sources known to him; The Leader has reached out to Mr. Begay to get his story out. The following is a timeline of the incident and how it occurred.

January 25th 2017
Sindone sent via Facebook messenger and asked Michael Begay to design the commencement flyer.
After initial meeting and exchanged messages Begay then designed a Facebook page as well as multiple designs for the flyer, at no cost.

May 11 2018
Sindone met with Begay in person outside of Roe Cloud Roundabout, discussing the floral design from the flyers, wanting to use the design for the t shirts, if Begay allowed them use of the design for the powwow t-shirts which would be sold at the commencement powwow; Sindone Offering a free t shirt in exchange for use of the design. “I know how much money can be made from selling t shirts, so I asked for some type of compensation. I didn’t see it as fair” Begay states.
Sindone initially told Begay the Commencement Powwow shirts would be a fundraiser to make some money for next year’s powwow, based on that Begay agreed to work out a good deal, he then offered a discounted price for the cause, usually charging $5 per shirt for 99 prints anything over is $4 per shirt.
After which Sindone offered 50$ for the whole design, feeling his time and art were worth more Begay counteroffered with two options of whether buying the design as a whole or renting the design. Seeing Sindone was in a rush to leave Begay said he would message him the details of Option A or B . Below is direct quotes taken from the messages.

May 11 at 10:39pm
Begay messaged Sindone explaining the two options , Option #1 “Buying the design from me outright for $500. Option #2 renting the design from (Michael Begay) only for the 2017 Haskell Commencement PW. ($ 2 per shirt royalty fee pay to Michael Begay) for 100 or more shirts printed. or for less than 99 shirts royalty fee is $4 for shirt printed. If you go with option 2 then I require an inventory records of how many shirts printed off

May 16, 2017
Sindone Responded with “Lets do option two . Rent for the powwow $200.
Begay “OK so you going print of 100 OK sounds good .

May 16, 2017
Begay sent a mockup of the t shirt asking when he and how he would get paid. Sindone replied “in cash.“

May 18,2017
Sindone then met Begay on campus, needing a flash drive to upload the digital file as well as handing Begay $200 in cash , Begay handed over his own personal flash drive asked for a receipt/invoice, as per the agreement, Sindone claimed to not have his receipt book with him , but said he would provide one later. That day going to Happy Shirt to complete the order. The commencement powwow was the next day, so it was a rush order.

May 19th the T shirts were finished in time.

May 23,2017
Begay messaged Sindone “Hey do you have a copy of the invoice to send me?”
Sindone replied
“Yes, Give me a bit please’’.

May 24th, 2017
Begay” Hey any luck on the invoice?
Sindone “What’s your email?
Check your email”
After receiving the Happy Shirts Invoice Begay realized there were clearly more shirts printed off then in the agreement ; 130 more shirts were printed then the agreed upon number of 200.
“I counted 230 t-shirts printed off the deal was only for 100 shirts to be printed off”
Sindone resent a screen shot of previous message, after Begay clarified how the previous message was worded, Sindone apologized for the misunderstanding
“I misunderstood well get you the rest”
“ok when will that be?”
“I’ll have to do it tomorrow when the bank is open “
“ok sounds good “
The following day Begay messaged Sindone to which Sindone never replied. After the beginning of the summer semester and several run ins with Sindone, Begay asked to be payed the former student senate president gave him the run around claiming “we are working on it” and other vague excuses, after that Sindone has since stopped replying to Begay’s inquiries, giving him the cold shoulder.

Fall Semester 2017
Begay approached the newly elected Student Senate President Calvin Smith, informing him of the issue and asking him for advice, Begay then provided Smith with screenshots of the conversation and the invoice. Smith promising to bring the issue to Student Senate.

October 30 2017
Begay sent “Hey Mr. President any word on the T-shirt payment with the powwow committee?”
Calvin Smith Replied
“I have yet to talk with our sponsor. I did mention it to him, so he knows about it as well. “
How much long would it be? “
Calvin Smith Replied
“I’m really not sure. I’ve been pushing to get this committee started the past few week. As soon as our budget is approved for the powwow.”

At the time of the interview a year has passed, and it is still an ongoing issue. Indian Leader reached out to Sindone for a response, he emailed back, “That was supposed to be taken care of already. I’m contacting Mr. Begay to find out the situation.” Less than a week away from the 2018 Commencement powwow. Mr. Begay is graduating May 2018 and is subsequently transferring, he hopes to solve the matter before he leaves.

We have added the screenshots of the conversation that happened on Messenger


Security and Incidences on Campus

May 14, 2018 - 4:37pm

By Amanda Smith

As a small campus, students are not aware or told what could happen in case of emergencies, the only safety tips they are taught are fire drills and lock downs. With Haskell being an open-campus, anyone can access the grounds, which not many of the students know. And there are non-students who find their way into the dorms without an RA knowing, securities are not fully equipped, and there’s an increase of student violations. Haskell needs to ensure that it will do the best it can to protect its students, by making changes, providing the security with the right equipment and information on certain situations.

Locations of incidences on campus

Pocahontas, Blalock, Powhatan, Winona Hall, Roe Cloud, Curtis Hall, Off-Campus and Osceola & Keokuk Halls currently reside students from different tribes, who are here to continue their education. Out of all the dorms, 2 stood out as having the most reported incidents, and many of these incidents students need to know, what happens within the campus they stay on, because it’s for their safety and to become more aware of their surroundings. Haskell has over 100 hundred students that stay in each dorm and they are overseen by Residential Advisors/ student residential advisors. Roe Cloud, Residential Advisor Melinda Blueback commented, “security here will help whenever there’s a situation, we just call them and they’re here to help. It is hard at times because sometimes it’ll be quiet, we don’t have problems and other times there’s more, and usually happens after midnight. And it’s getting to the week days, we never know when, so we have to watch everybody”. Roe Cloud resides over 300 hundred students and there were some students who did get kicked out, which were mostly the men. Beside Roe Cloud, Osceola-Keokuk is a co-ed residential dorm that houses over 200 hundred students, and the residential advisor who works the night shifts, spoke on behalf of non-students who come into the dorm and what kind of situations they experience. Residential advisor commented, “Here lately it’s been quiet, get the usual phone calls from a student upstairs, “can you come up here and tell these people to be quiet because I’m trying to sleep and their being loud”, and that type of stuff but we get some of these every now and then. But not any bad ones, they’re all about the same, we get up and do rounds every hour, on certain days”. As for the non-students coming in without an RA knowing is becoming an issue, but they try their best to resolve that problem. And his comment on that was, “it depends if were on rounds and there’s nobody else down here because we actually do need two people on. Two people on every shift, but were shorthanded and as far as coming in, I don’t know everyone, but I know their faces.” To being safer, all dorms only have one way for students to enter and that’s the front door. Yes, students are old enough to know what the rules are, but most go about their way to not follow a simple rule.

Statistics show what kind of incidents happen on-campus, the number of students who committed these incidents, along with their sanctions, but the only results we couldn’t get was which student committed the incident. These sanctions vary: alternate HCCAAP, Community Service 20, 40, 50, 80, 160, 180 hours, Counseling, Dismissed, Diversion determined by Douglas County Court, Emergency Suspension Level 1, Emergency Suspension Level 2, Emergency Suspension Level 3, Fine $25.00, $50.00, $75.00, $100.00, $200.00, Fire Safety, HCAAP, Ineligible for Housing, Letter of Apology, Loss of visitation for 1 year, Medical Amnesty, Medication Referral, Notice to Vacant, Official Warning, Pending, Social Probation, and lastly Unresolved.

Olivia Whittington, a sophomore who currently stays in Roe Cloud commented, “I think the security here on campus is doing an okay job. But there does seem to be too little security for the size of Haskell. So yes, I do think there should be at least a few more security on campus. Honestly, I could not say, from my experiences of them, whether they would be prepared for any kind of situation. I usually just see them in their little security office or prowling around the parking lot. I never thought about the fact that Haskell is an open campus. But I asked my friend how she felt about it and she said she felt uncomfortable. I was not aware that there were many incidents at Haskell. But I guess with security being right in Roe Cloud and the fact that I live on the third floor I feel a little bit safer”.

Nathan Fraley, a senior had a lot to say about what he thinks about the campus security, from his point of view he gave a lot of good points explaining why he thinks our security should change and be more active on campus. Since starting here at Haskell Fraley seen some changes but seems like they should do more than what their job title says. Fraley commented, “they’re too strict, they’re not socially accepted, relation with security and students are not good at all, and I feel like that’s the problem right there. They’re not real cops, they have no official training like they were police officers, yes they may have worked in field security, maybe, but they’re not real cops, so why act like real law enforcement, they’re there to observe and report”. As a concern student about safety for himself and his fellow classmates Fraley states, “Yes, I would like to see more security officers, but more security officers that are cooler, I would love to see every security guard at every dorm post, instead of driving around”. As a student, who’s been here since he was a freshman he seen many ongoing situations that prove the security don’t take their job seriously and how they’re unprofessional, an example he uses was, “a security, put on blast, being unprofessional and made a campus wide announcement for someone parked in the fire lane, that is an example of how they treat situations”.

Freshman, Marcileena Mark, resides in Osceola-Keokuk, and from her experience she comments, “I think security does a fine job on campus and are always patrolling around, I don’t agree with getting more, but I do think they could get more done if they were assigned to a dorm, while taking shifts to patrol. I trust and understand that if anything were to happen they would do their best to protect and serve Haskell and its members”. Not many students will voice their opinion about security, or about the school, because some don’t know about it or just see it but won’t talk about it, as a first-year student here at Haskell Mark, stated, “I like that Haskell is an open campus, it makes me feel freer to move around while on school grounds. I personally haven’t heard of any incidents, but understand the concern for safety, I do feel safe but wouldn’t mind a little more protection on campus, maybe we can get emergency poles posted around campus so that (if someone were attacked or in danger, all they would have to do is push the button and security, and police would come)”.

Security has a lot on their hand, from the safety of the students, being able to have the right equipment, knowing what to do in case of emergency issues, patrolling not only at night but every day, their job is to protect and keep the students safe, and they have a lot of expectations to uphold. No matter what type of situation happens, they as officers are to resolve any problems. And it’s up to the students as well, there are some who don’t care about the security but others who do feel the need for safety on this campus. And its Haskell job as a college to provide for the students with safety, which is the number one focus.

Haskell and the Issue of Trash

May 14, 2018 - 4:22pm

by Marklin Morales

Littering and Vandalism are a common occurrence on any college campus and Haskell is no exception. This seems like it would not be an issue on a Native Campus because of the teachings of traditional bonds to Mother Earth but it is a problem.

Looking at the campus parking lots or in dormitory communal restrooms  empty containers and packaging can be seen tossed on the grounds parking when trash containers are relatively close.  Cigarette butts can be seen around the designated bins instead of in them.  Various structures can be seen vandalized and tossed from their original fixtures and vandalism in the restroom stalls in the form of graffiti and etchings is a common. Unflushed toilets and unrinsed sinks lead to solid waste accumulating until someone else comes to clean it up. This is an all too common acknowledgment from people who do cleanup.

Facilities gets ready to start their daily clean up of campus

Facilities equipment engineer Willie Ogden and gardner Matt Stapleton do not have the duties of campus cleanup in their job descriptions but spend time daily picking up debris left by students. One of the main issues pointed out is that machinery like lawnmowers and vehicles driven can be affected by debris such as bottles that can flatten tires and break moving parts in them.

Bottles can also be smashed into smaller particles when caught in things like lawnmower blades producing a hazard to humans. Vandalism from smashing bottles into buildings is also a common sight from maintenance and facilities.

Shredded debris after contact with a lawnmower

Ogden says they would rather be working on things like the road construction that needs to be completed in front of Pontiac hall. Projects like these are prolonged due to littering and vandalism. Another common issue is that of dog feces which can also be a contribution from outside visitors but mainly has been spotted occurring from students with animals. Stapleton says this also gets into machinery and can be tracked around campus causing a health hazard.

Other debris on campus spotted by maintenance are McDonalds packaging, cigar wraps, and cardboard from beverage containers. Stapleton and Ogden see this daily and have a knowledge of what happens around campus, so students should realize “their patterns are being watched” and “supervisors like Ms. Salvini do hear about this” says Stapleton who is also Haskell alumni.

Stapleton mentions the contribution hours mandated to students during his time of attendance. The contribution hours helped staff out with cleaning but also showed students to see the effects of their carelessness when they had to clean their own messes. He thinks this should be brought back in some form and could maybe be used as punishment for those caught to help this issue.

Solutions to the problem mentioned were to find students responsible, issuing fines and citations, or even pointing them out the public however, these tactics have not been used at this point. Other ideas  were to have an emphasis about the effects of littering and vandalism during vision quest classes or convocation as a constant reminder to students.

“The limited staff of about 20 employees in facilities and maintenance is not enough” says Ogden to solve the problem. He also says people never really see how bad littering is on this campus as their daily clean up efforts occur early in the mornings and are often done before most arrive.  If there was nothing done people would see the adverse effects of trash accumulation well before the end of one week says the staff.


Cigarette butts next to the receptacle but not in it.

In another discussion with Haskell Facilities Custodian Jeremy Shield and IT specialist Mike Daugomah, both Haskell alumni discussed the past and current situation.  Daugomah mentions how things were never really that bad when he attended Haskell in the early 2000’s. Possible contributing factors to why littering is more prevalent could stem from a generational lack of Native identity and duties to their surroundings the two agree. Shields who has been working at Haskell for 21 years says cleanup programs have come and gone and some have been started only to have students graduate and the duties put on to custodians to carry on such as the maintenance of recycling bins located in the buildings he cleans. He says students put them out years ago, but he now sorts the materials and sends them to facilities that get the items to local recycling plants. Shields also sees the issue with dog droppings and littering, or “Indian artifacts” as they are known among the people who clean them up, being left around campus but has limited reach as he is only allowed to clean 30ft from his buildings.

Haskell Residential Custodian Mike Tahdooahnippah at OK hall also sees issues with broken bottles and fears they could lead to injury as he recalls being injured by on as kid. He states that sometimes he sees track runners come close to debris that is very dangerous. He recommends individual pamphlets available in the dorms reminding students the effects of not only the hazards of littering but also the health hazards associated with not keeping the restrooms clean. He sees instances of unkept urinals, toilets and sinks that could easily be controlled by personal cleanliness of your surroundings but some students just chose not to. He sees this worse some years than others and thinks it is new students learning to adjust to being away from home.

These issues also were recognized by Haskell’s Green and Restoration Committee. This committee organized a student campus clean up once a month and recently completed their “Clean up Green up” May 6th, 2018. Activities like installing rain barrels and transplanting plants as well as trash pick-up were part of the agenda.

Clean Up Green Up campus event to promote a clean environment

The event encouraged students to participate in the cleanliness of their campus by offering prizes, refreshments, hammocks and a DJ to bring out students and join in.  Why incentives like this are necessary to get people to come out and participate was discussed with restoration committee heads Sean Parrish, Jamie Colvin and Joe Singh.

A disturbing pattern of “students not wanting to participate in events without getting something” was addressed by Parrish; hence the prizes.  Colvin and Singh pointed to “laziness” and “complacency” being a factor.  Parrish also recognizes that some students just aren’t used cleaning up after themselves after leaving home for the first time. This is a situation that can be solved, according to the participants in the discussion, by understanding that there is a constant rotation of students arriving with the naivety to think its someone’s responsibility to clean up after them other than themselves.

Colvin mentions a solution similar to what facilities and maintenance did that involves mandatory clean up community service hours for students who get caught littering and other violations.  The group also agrees that “constant reminders of campus pride need to be promoted and events like Clean Up Green Up will not only instill individual values but will hopefully reinforce better attitudes among their peers who can in turn encourage groups of people to simply, pick up after themselves”.  She plans to increase campus cleanup activities to twice a month.

One of Colvin’s main points “we do ourselves a service surrounding ourselves with cleanliness that can not only influence our attitudes towards school spirit and pride but also show others like alumni and off campus visitors that we are carrying on tradition as Natives of Mother Earth. This in turn reflects to Creator as we, the inhabitants of Turtle Island, can bring blessings to our surroundings.”

The group consensus was that replacing negative attitudes about our cleanliness with ones like the Green and Restoration Committees message of pride in your surroundings is an issue that should spread well beyond this school. This will hopefully be achieved by acknowledging issues and opening dialogue with different departments like facilities.

Haskell Library Takes Action On Art From Past Faculty Member

May 14, 2018 - 11:19am

One of the classrooms in the library had Don Secondine’s art placed on the floor with this message, “No more art from child predators”

By Kayla Bointy

Action has been taken since Indian Leader’s previous story entitled “ Does Artistic Merit Outweigh the Artist’s Crimes?’’ by Travis Campbell  was published. The article brought attention to the ethical issue of a past faculty member, Don Secondine, who in 2009 sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to a July 14, 2009 article in the Lawrence Journal-World.  His art remained on display in the Haskell library. On Thursday May 10, 2018 his art had been put on the floor with this message “No more art from child predators”.

Later the library decided to remove Secondine’s art and will be placed into storage. His art still remains on various parts of the campus.

Remembering Trevor Mohawk by Erynn Ducheneaux

May 4, 2018 - 3:05pm

Trevor Mohawk, right, is pictured with his Uncle Norman Shawanokasic at Jefferson’s restaurant in downtown Lawrence. Picture provided by T. Mohawk’s family

A few weeks ago, Trevor Mohawk, a Haskell alum was shot and killed just a couple blocks from his house in

Haskell lit the fire circle for Trevor Mohawks friends and family to come remember his life. Photo by E. Ducheneaux

Lawrence. Mohawk, 32 had graduated from Haskell and after attaining his degree, continued to reside in Lawrence. Originally from Wisconsin, he worked at the Jefferson’s Bar and Grill on Massachusetts St., he had been working there for about 6-7 years. After talking to some coworkers of his, it sounded like they all thought of Trevor as a part of their big Jefferson’s family. Lauren Mars referred to him as a “big teddy bear,” Lauren further explained that he was “always smiling and making people laugh, he didn’t have a mean bone in him.”

Lawrence Police reported that Mohawk approached a random house late at night, knocking until he was approached by the homeowner which resulted in an altercation and ended with the death of Mohawk.

“Anyone who knew Trevor, knows that he is not the confrontational type, at all. If anything, he would try to crack a joke and break the hostility” said a coworker at Jefferson’s. Trevor took in one of his fellow coworkers who was homeless and sleeping under a bridge here in Lawrence when they first met, if that doesn’t tell you what kind of guy he was. The next morning after, Jefferson’s on Massachusetts street decided to close for the day as Trevor was a big loss to their restaurant family. Haskell also lit a fire on campus in the fire circle along with cedar and tobacco to pay respect in memory of Trevor. Some of his Jefferson’s family paid their respects and visited the fire circle and made the trip to Wisconsin to attend his services.

Meet the Haskell Students Running for Student Senate

May 2, 2018 - 3:34pm

Haskell Student Senate

President Candidates-

Lindsey Robinson is running for President

I am Lindsey Beth Robinson, a member of the Wah-Zha-Zhi (Osage) Nations, a sister, a colleague, and a leader for change. I was born and raised in Denver Colorado and moved to Kansas my senior year of high school. I graduated from Blue Valley North High School in 2015 and began my college career at Haskell Indian Nations University the following fall.
Over the course of my college career, I have been involved in various activities such as intermural soccer, choir, joining Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc., joining the future cultural preservation club, advocating for the loss of our track & field program, and had the privilege of joining student senate towards the end of spring 2018 semester.
Though I’ve become actively involved on campus I have challenged myself in my academia and learning more about myself as an indigenous woman. I find it important to lead by example and I do so through maintaining a good academic and social standing along with holding myself accountable as a role model for my family, friends, and colleagues. I’ve challenged myself to learn more about my tribal routes, learning my language, and to learn my tribe’s traditional ways to preserve my culture and share with my future children and appreciate Wa-Kon-Da (Creator).
Through these things I’ve learned much about the values of myself and have pride in being a future Haskell Alumni and leader for the next generation to come. As your future president, I will hold myself accountable to giving back and helping provide each student with the best college experience possible.


Sean Parrish is running for President

The second Presidential candidate is Sean Parrish. Sean is a rising senior from the Diné nation majoring in Indigenous and American Indian Studies. He currently serves as the 2017-2018 Junior Class Representative for Student Senate. Sean also serves as the director for the Empowerment Summit committee & the Green and Restoration committee. He is passionate about serving the student body, he believes in reliable leadership that involves transparency, strong communication, creativity, and advocacy. In his off time he is a photojournalist for The Indian Leader Association. If you have any questions find him on campus or slide into his Haskell email.





Calvin Smith Jr. is the 3rd candidate running for President.

Calvin Smith Jr. is running for President

Yá’át’ééh! Ádóone’é nishłínígíí ‘éí Tł’ízí łání nishłí̜. Nóoda’í dine’é Táchii’nii ‘éí báshíshchíín. Áshįįhí ‘éí dashicheii áádóó Bit’ahnii ‘éí dashinálí. Tódinéeshzhee’dé̜é̜ naashá. ‘Ákót’éego ‘éí dinééh nishłí̜. Shimá ‘éí Vivian Holiday wolyéé dóó shizhé’é ‘éí Calvin Smith wolyé. My name is Calvin Smith Jr. and I am Diné (Navajo) from Kayenta, Arizona. I started attending Haskell Indian Nations University in the Fall of 2014 and I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Indigenous American Indian Studies. Before coming to Haskell, I didn’t think I would become HINU Student Senate President. Getting a general education was the only thing on my mind when I was on the train heading to Lawrence, KS back in 2014. As time progressed, I’ve gained new insights and I’ve been wanting to be a part of something to further develop my own leadership skills. I first started by becoming the Treasurer of Native American Church Club and the NAC Organization had been there since day one. They motivated me to do great things as they continued to support me through my 2015-2016 term as Haskell Brave. After my term as Haskell Brave, I participated with other organizations and took those opportunities to become the Vice President of Diné Club, Treasurer of Beading Club, and later the President of Diné Club. I’ve enjoyed my time collaborating with Beading Club as a Prairie Chicken Dancer and doing performances with my Native Flute. I didn’t think much about applying for the position of Student Body President for Student Senate until the week the application was due. My friends here at Haskell continue to support me and I am grateful to have gained such inspiring friends and family who motivate me to take the next step towards leadership and excellency. With this position, I will continue to advocate for them to not only provide stronger relations between the students and faculty and staff, but to go out and provide opportunities for all of us to better ourselves as leaders for our people and communities. My path is still very long and adventurous and with this path, I will walk with my people in harmony, balance, and beauty. Ahéhee’!

Vice President Candidates

Ashley Lucero is running for Vice President

Now’ (hello) my name is Ashley Lucero, I am an enrolled member of the Lummi tribe, I’m also Yurok and Laguna Pueblo. I am a junior, I am currently going to be graduating with my social work degree this spring, and my business degree in the spring of 2019. I chose to go to Haskell to get world experience away from home and to meet new people. Among many things some of my biggest passions are my education, corgis, marvel movies, and potatoes in all shapes and forms. I am currently the Treasurer of the Student Senate and am running for the seat of Vice President. I believe I would be a good fit for this position as I am approachable and passionate about the conditions for the students here at Haskell. As Vice President for student senate I would work my hardest to help ease the troubles students face here. Also to work to make the Haskell campus a safe and supportive community for natives from all backgrounds. I promise to work for inclusion and acceptance for all students here at our school. I have been involved in many clubs here on campus. Even if I am not selected I still strongly advocate for student involvement in politics as we can work to be the changes we seek, all we have to do is try.
Hy’sh’qe (Thank you)

William Wilkinson is running for Vice President

My name is William Wilkinson, and I am your candidate for Student Senate Vice President. I am Diné, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Cherokee. I am humbled and honored to say that I have been elected to serve on your Senate Executive Board every year that I have been here. I started as your Freshman Representative, progressed to Sophomore Representative, and have been appointed by your current Student Senate President to be the Senate Parliamentarian. When it comes to Robert’s Rules of Order and the Constitution, I am well-versed in both and always strive to keep Student Senate functioning in copacetic order.
Former Student Senate President (SSP) Chris Sindone, appointed me to be his successor as the 2016-17 Student Life Committee Chairman. Shortly after, the entire Executive Board approved my appointment to become a voting member of the university administration’s Policy Development Committee. After the 2017-18 elections, Sindone conveyed to me that the Student Senate needs you because, with your experience and constant drive for success, you will be beneficial to the overall Student Senate organization. With his words, I felt empowered to run, serve, and represent Haskell to the best of my ability.
As the only elected official in your Student Senate Executive Board to have completed KU’s Adaptive Leadership Program, I have learned what it takes to be an engaged, empathetic, and confident leader in today’s dynamic society. These skills not only prepared, but also compelled me to be a more significant asset to Social Work Club, Diné Club, and the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board (KU). On my advice, the Green and Restoration committee has adopted the measure to have all agendas displayed on the SmartBoard, eliminating more than 1,296 wastefully printed copies. To further Student Senate’s initiative to be green, I will establish the Eco-Monitoring subcommittee under the Green and Restoration committee with the purpose of monitoring Student Senate’s ecological footprint.
Should I earn your vote, I will create the Student Senate Freshman internship. I introduced the progressive idea to create a Student Senate Freshman internship. Resulting in both former and present Freshman Representatives supporting the implementation of this beneficial seat. I will encourage the reallocation of the budget to create scholarships on behalf of Student Senate for our student body. A longstanding issue is the lack of complete representation within our Student Senate. To combat this dilemma, I will advocate creating new Student Senator Positions. Students who are not Club Representatives or Executive Board members will have the ability to voice their concerns with full privileges of regular representatives, senators, and officers. By collaborating with the KU Student Senate Executive Staff and their Legislative Body, we can better each other’s institutions and strengthen our collective communities.
To give students the opportunity to develop skills of exemplary leaders in today’s society, I will create interactive leadership workshops. In an initiative to distribute power equally, I believe any and all members of Student Senate should be given the ability to Chair or Co-Chair an Executive Committee.
I am honored to say that with the support of our current Student Senate Vice President, Student Success Center Technicians, Club Presidents, Director of Student Rights, and the OnwardTogether coalition, I will serve as an unyielding advocate for all students, as well as a proficient Student Senate Vice President if elected. Proudly wearing the lapel pin I received from Governor Dennis Daugaard, I William Wilkinson, plan to sustain the quality of Student Senate through my extensive experience on the Student Senate Executive Board and will commit to making Student Senate better serve our evolving and diverse university.
Thank you for your time and Onward Haskell!

Senior Class Representative

Justin Ennis is running for Senior Class Representative

My name is Justin Ennis. I am Oklahoma Choctaw. I grew up in a small town here in Kansas, about 30 minutes south of Lawrence called Richmond, a town of around 400 people. I was actually born in Lawrence Memorial Hospital. I was raised by my grandmother since I was a little guy. She is honestly one of the smartest, strongest women I have ever known. I realize now that I’m older the many characteristics that make me the man I am today is because of her. As far as me growing where and how I did, it really helped me. I wasn’t much different from most kids played sports, was a class clown most of the time, and got into trouble from time to time nothing too crazy though.
I would tell most people that I am not a leader right out of the gate. I’m more a watch and learn type. However when I am put into a position of responsibility I take it seriously. I was voted captain of both my football and wrestling team my senior year in high school. I didn’t choose that position I was voted in by my peers. I believe it was through the hard work I put in that got me there. When I got here to Haskell I honestly had no idea what I was doing. I’m a first generation college student. This isn’t my first time here at Haskell. I attended the University in 2009. I got into trouble but I’m fixing those past mistakes with present accomplishments. I would like finish my Haskell career not only as a college graduate but, just being involved with the University I believe being a part of the Student Senate Council would be a step in the right direction.



Voting is open to all students next Monday May 7th & Tuesday May 8th  at Curtis Hall from 11-1 and the Library from 1-5

Haskell Indigenous Empowerment Summit 2018 Continues tradition

May 1, 2018 - 2:15pm

The Haskell Empowerment Summit Committees is hosting its annual Indigenous Empowerment Summit scheduled for Saturday May 5th. This summit has been organized almost every semester since its creation in 2008 by Willow Jack, Haskell Indigenous and American Indian Studies alumni. Past events held have taken on many forms over the years ranging from fund raising pow wows to indigenous games and contest encouraging outreach and networking within the community. The activities this year are designed to carry on this tradition.

Many events are held leading up to the Empowerment Summit. According to Empowerment Committee Co-Director Terri Merrell (Diné/Apache/Osage) “As the semester comes to an end we wanted to host enjoyable social events in which all students, staff, faculty, and public can attend.” This year’s Empowerment Summit events include Indigenous inspired movies shown in the auditorium, an outside fun day event held at the powwow grounds, and the 2018 Indigenous Empowerment Summit. The activities aim to stand in conjunction with the summits mission statement; The Haskell Empowerment Committee is a Student Senate led organization which operates exclusively for education and empowerment purposes. Each academic year we strive towards bringing the annual Indigenous Empowerment Summit to the Haskell and Lawrence community to promote a collaborative and informative environment where Haskell students and the public can gain knowledge and network with one another. Empowerment Summit Committee director, Sean Parrish (Diné) states that “This is an event that Haskell Student Senate host every spring semester. This event is held to bring communities of Indigenous people together. This unity will provide a platform for an open dialogue toward the progressive needs of our people. We seek to empower one another, as well as encourage relationships that will strengthen our Indigenous Network.”

The Empowerment Committee events show a commitment to keeping the original summits spirit alive. The 9th annual Indigenous Empowerment Summit will consist of a panel of various speakers, entertainment, and discussions which will be held in the Haskell Auditorium on Saturday; May 5th from 12PM-5PM