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“Fightin’ Indians”

February 12, 2020 - 11:13pm

ESPAÑOLA, NM, December 15 — Tensions were high last semester at the Northern New Mexico College and Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball game. Throughout the course of the game, players from both sides racked up over five technical fouls. Ryan Cordova, Northern New Mexico’s athletic director, said that by the second half, a loose ball was enough to set the players into a full-fledged fight according to an article in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Ted Breidenthal, commissioner for the Association of Independent Institutions, qualified this event as the worst he’d seen in his 13 years working for this conference. He did, however, commend some of Haskell’s athletes and coaches for their behavior in trying to stop the fight. Haskell players 22, 32, and 40; Aspen LaPointe, Albert Dean, and Robert Beaulieu were recognized for being on the court during the fight and not participating.

The game ended with 8 minutes and 15 seconds left. The clock stopped as players left the bench to join their teammates. The scuffle necessitated police escorts for Haskell’s safety to leave campus however, no police report was filed says the Santa Fe New Mexican. A video of the fallout was reviewed by the A.I.I. which set strict penalties for the teams. 

I was disappointed with how the Northern New Mexico team, both coaches and students, handled the situation said Breidenthal. A total of 11 players from the Northern New Mexico Eagles were suspended. Three of the players were suspended for the remainder of the season, three more suspended for five games, and five were suspended for leaving the bench during the fight which required a one-game suspension.

While reviewing the tape, Breidenthal noted that one North New Mexico player tried to throw a punch at Matthew Downing Jr., Haskell’s head coach and another of their players knocked Macaulay Brown, the assistant coach, to the ground. Both coaches were trying to stop the fight.

Haskell’s own “Fightin’ Indians” got their share of penalties too, thirteen in total. Number 11, Gino Torres was suspended for the remainder of the season; numbers 2 and 3, Robert Wesley and Tristan Keah-Tigh were suspended for 5 games; no. 5, Edward Chambers, was suspended for two games; no. 10, Bryon Elledge, was ejected from the game for two technical fouls and suspended for one game; and players 1, 4, 12, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 23, Elias Her Many Horses, Antwon Winn, Justin Curley, Kobey O’Rourke, Rueben LaSarge, Jordan Goodwill, and Xavier Littlehead, left the bench during the fight and were suspended for one game. Player no. 14 for Haskell was also reported as leaving the bench but did not show up on the roster. 

A joint statement was released by the head coaches from both Haskell and Northern New Mexico with a subsequent statement by the Presidents of the Universities. These statements do not condone the actions of their players and address policy changes and procedures to ensure proper behavior in similar situations. When asked more about these policies Haskell’s Athletic Director Gary Tanner said that Coach Downing was doing a great job with the players, meeting all the requirements of both the A.I.I. conference and Haskell. He was also noted as utilizing this experience as more than just punishment but a tool for training. 

Initially the A.I.I. required Haskell to forfeit their next two games. That was later rescinded, but by that time arrangements with the other teams could not be undone. After forfeiting two games, Haskell’s first game back was going to be a home court rematch against Northern New Mexico College — a show of sportsmanship.

Both teams were no less than professional when they came head to head again on January 3. Tanner described the atmosphere of that game as really good on both sides, but neither team wanted to lose.  The game was close with Haskell edging out the Eagles in a 61-60 victory. In not winning, the Eagles showed great poise said Tanner.

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February 12, 2020 - 11:11pm

How many institutions can boast over 150 nations attending their university? Acting President Dan Wildcat, PhD. frames Haskell Indian Nations University as an “inter-nation-al” institution made up of the diverse tribal nations of Haskell’s students.

Haskell is looking to add to student diversity through an exchange partnership with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, The Maori Indigenous University. This partnership would include a graduate program for Haskell students. Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi already has partnership programs with other schools and is looking to add Haskell to that framework.

University professor and Chief Executive Officer Wiremu Doherty from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi visited the campus and met with Haskell’s President, Vice-President, Academic Deans, and the Haskell Foundation Director.

The day ended with a presentation in Tommaney Hall. Doherty outlined the political and social issues the Maori have had to overcome to have Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi as their university and for it to serve the needs of their community. Doherty also highlighted the similar narratives both Native Americans and the Maori face as Indigenous People.

This opens up many opportunities for students, especially those studying Indigenous and American Indian Studies who can explore a broader sense of what it means to be Indigenous.

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Haskell Students Protest at Arrowhead Stadium

December 13, 2019 - 4:03pm

A small group of Indigenous students gathered in peaceful protest at the Kansas City Chiefs home game at Arrowhead stadium on November 3.

Four Haskell Indian Nations University students Junior Laravie, Broderick Roberts, Alisha Numan, and Kayla Bointy and one KU student and HINU Alumni, Michael Redbear.

The men wore feathers in their hair and the women wore ribbon skirts; demonstrating and reclaiming what is rightfully theirs to wear; juxtaposed to the turkey feather headdress covered in glitter sported by a multitude of inebriated fans. The group was first met with taunts, obscene gestures , and harassment from several intoxicated people. But the small delegation was not deterred, they remained peaceful, singing songs and standing together.

The group left the game undefeated, despite all the negative interactions one positive one gave them hope. One African American man came up and respectfully asked “how does this offend you ?” [Referring to the tomahawk chop.] One of the group members, Junior Laravie, explained to him how misrepresentation of indigenous images are harmful to our people and children, and answered the man’s questions. The man respectfully listened and thanked the group for their words. With that positive educational exchange the members were inspired to organize an Initiative now called the Generational Protectors.

The Indian Leader was present at the first meeting of the Generational Protectors , and interviewed the group and some of its core members.

What is the goal or the message you want to get across ?

Group Statement:

“We are not going after the sport, we are not going after the fans, we want to defeat the idea [of misrepresentation]. We want to defeat the misrepresentation and work on the rebuilding process of our identity. Which includes our representation in mainstream society. We are not going as activists, we are not going as protestors, we are going as protectors of our identity“

What was your purpose for going to Arrowhead?

Broderick Roberts

“The reclamation of our identity as Indian people, and the fact that we are 40 miles away from this place… that’s so misinformed . This place that shows bigotry and to show them, hey ,this is the real deal (gestures to self ). What I saw was a lot of arrogance. What I saw were people that are caught in this lie that American Indians have been dealing with for centuries. It’s the herd mentality.“

What are your thoughts after?

“I have a feeling of pride that we did something that day that matters. It was a reminder of what we have to do in our community. Haskell is our community and there’s issues in our community as in every community.“

What was your motive for going to Arrowhead?

Michael Redbear

“to help support the idea that our people have been misrepresented throughout the years , and that we (as Indian people) are too comfortable. We let our guard down and have allowed things to happen. I’ve always been supportive of what helps our people now and down the road. As far as my experience down at Arrowhead there were a lot of people that just looked at us, didn’t know what was going on. There was a lot of empty minds, a lot of questions, they didn’t understand. I felt ok, I felt scared for the women who were with us, for their safety.”

What’s your take away from the experience?

“My takeaway… we’re just getting started”.

What was your motive for going to Arrowhead?

Junior Laravie:

“This phrase I want to live.“ I always think about that within our ceremony songs that ask for life , but what does this mean? We want to live for what . we are living for the destiny of our spirit, we are living for our children and our Indian people’s place on this earth, for respect. The motive is to get our Indian People to think what it means to be Indian . What does it mean to think Indian ?…

The motive is for our children and for the life of our people. That’s what makes us beautiful in our diverse world.

My experience, when we pulled up [to Arrowhead] I thought of the young boys at Greasy Grass, when they rolled into battle, there was a point that they turned because they were afraid. There was one Cheyenne man that rode all the way down , he was killed, but he showed those boys this is how you live for your people. I was reminded of that when we arrived, something boiled in me and I became focused and aware. But when we started singing and everything [the fear] went away, like ceremony, just the power of the music .

What’s your takeaway from the experience?

“ . . . We have to become constructive. What I mean by that is coming together, seek counsel , build a foundation . We need to connect as a community, we need to build relations and bring understanding to the people. It’s the mission, it’s the voice, it’s the dream of why we are doing this; for the well-being of our people. That’s what I want to do with my life. The takeaway is that truth needs to be shared .”


We Are Still Here , but “they” have forgotten.

My personal motivations for going to Arrowhead. . . by standing up we are becoming leaders, HINU prides itself on building future leaders. Right now what we’re doing is leadership. The small group of people that went, they’re some of my closest friends, that’s my family; we share ideas and motivations for standing up for Indian Country as well as standing up against issues in our own backyard. I wanted to be a direct voice from the group that became Generational Protectors to our Haskell community and the Indigenous community of Lawrence, to hopefully quell any misunderstanding or miscommunication on the initiative’s behalf.

My experience that day… as an Indigenous women in a male-dominated place, filled with intoxicated people, I was on constant edge! You would be too. Myself and Lisha we were the only females. I was concerned for her safety as well as everyone else’s. But we were okay standing alongside each other in a goody way, standing up for Indigenous identity but all the time very aware of our surroundings. The drunk men that kept coming up from behind, standing, to what I felt as too near. In one instance a women skipped up from behind the guys while they were singing and flicked Junior’s drum, then skipped off like it was cute, a full grown woman mind you. No respect for space. Yes there were people who tried to get up in our faces, but when they saw the cameras rolling [our phones were recording] they backed off. That one man, however, the one who actually stopped and talked to us, human-to-human, that gave me inspiration, so I created a short film about our experience. My takeaway would have been the realization that that experience is just the beginning. We need to come together and represent ourselves in numbers in order to educate ourselves so we can educate others.

This seemingly small initiative is a small step in a much bigger issue, we are standing up for our people on a much bigger level. We’re standing up for our relatives for each other, for our identities for our history for our future, for the earth.

Featured Image by Kayla Bointy

Pictured left-to-right: Broderick Roberts, Junior Laravie, and Michael Redbear


Third Times a Charm?

December 12, 2019 - 5:21pm

After previous rounds of interviews for the vacant president position, Haskell is now on its third round of candidates. Candidates Wayne Johnson, Phd. Neil Wayne, Trottier, Phd., and Craig A. Morroquín, Phd. addressed the Haskell community with presentations on “Why I Want to be President of Haskell.”

Johnson’s speech focused on his image of transparency that he would bring to Haskell. As a Haskell alumni, he appealed to his loyalty and family connections to the Haskell community. Johnson answers the question of “Why I want to be president,” with “Why wouldn’t I want to be?” He ascribes this to an entire career devoted to Indian education, and as a leader of the highest level he wants to give back to the community and culture that helped shape him and strengthen his Indian-ness.

Trottier, an Education Specialist with 30 years of education experience, presented himself as a collaborative leader. His slides on leadership illustrated the importance of leadership as a servant-leader role and how collaboration is essential for the inclusion of students in the vision of Haskell. Trottier leans on his connections to Haskell and to other areas of Indian Country to help work towards Haskell’s benefit. He cites a colleague that makes $15,000 / day providing strategic planning for schools as a one connection to leverage towards improving Haskell. As president and past[1] football player, Trottier would like to treat athletics with the same importance as academics and bring football back to Haskell.

The final Candidate, Morroquín, came with a different level of preparedness and a plan. He not only touched on his background in Indian Education, but provided slides with a 90 day and a 5 year plan. His presentation highlighted his background as a statistician, practitioner, and researcher by providing a breakdown of his work and how it applies to the statistics of Haskell compared to other TCU’s. Morroquín aims to fill all vacancies, improve branding, hire a title IX coordinator, and create an electronic enrollment system within the first 90 days, and by 2025 would like to increase enrollment by 100%, increase degree completion by 50%, and increase full-time faculty appointments by 25%.

While the candidates were posed the question of why they want to be president, the real question for Haskell is if this third round the charm?


Dior, Depp, and ‘Sauvage’

December 12, 2019 - 5:19pm

The Dior “Sauvage” campaign was launched early summer of 2019, featuring actor Johnny Depp. The fragrance by Dior sparked mixed emotions from the Indigenous community. The ad featured Johnny Depp strumming a guitar in the desert interspersed with footage of a men’s Fancy dancer.

The Indian Leader spoke to Haskell Indian Nations University students and asked their thoughts about the campaign. Dominique Brown, a freshman, said, “I feel like the product they were marketing and the ad they released were completely different from one another… They should bring in actual dancers and Native people from the communities to see how they feel about it before they released the ad.” she continued, “I feel like when they use Native Americans in their ads, it’s like why are you using us when your brand has never marketed to our community before.” another student added, “ I feel like it was honestly a little racist, because why would you use Native Americans to market the product ‘Sauvage’ when that typically has a negative connotation, I am just confused at what they were trying to accomplish.”

Depp himself responded to the wider criticism of the ad saying he felt like it wasn’t meant to harm anyone or to disrespect any community. After negative backlash to the campaign, Dior decided to pull the ad. The ‘Sauvage’ campaign is the most recent example of an issue that Indigenous people have been talking about for years, namely companies using pieces of various Indigenous cultures to market and sell their products


Message Delivered

December 12, 2019 - 5:17pm

Check your emails! After student prompting, Haskell’s IT department audited the “Student Email List” adding names that may not have been receiving campus wide emails this semester. Students who have previously not received emails from Steve Prue about campus events, scholarship opportunities, and campus alerts should now be seeing messages come in.

Comments from Joshua Arce, head of IT, stress the importance of educating students about their emails and technology during their orientation and seminar classes. Students should also learn that they can visit the IT staff in Pontiac Hall for any assistance they may need in the future.


Pumpkin Pie w/ Fireball

December 12, 2019 - 5:16pm

Editor’s Note: This recipe contains alcohol. Please make sure you’re above the legal drinking age before you use it and don’t forget that alcohol isn’t allowed on the HINU campus. Please bake responsibly!

Pie crust:

To make the crust, Place flour and butter into the freezer for 30 minutes before starting the crust process.

  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp. ice water (or more, if needed)
Pie Filling:
  • 1 Can (15 oz.) Pumpkin puree
  • 1 12oz. Can Evaporated Milk
  • ¼ cup Fireball Whiskey (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Spice

1. In a large food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add butter,pulse until pea-sized and some larger pieces form. While blending, add vinegar and ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough starts to come together and becomes moist but not wet and sticky, test by squeezing dough with your fingers. Mixture will be crumbly.

2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, form into a ball, and flatten into a disk (making sure there are no/minimal cracks).

3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough is very cold, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

4. Preheat oven to 425º

5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 12” circle. Drape dough over pie dish and gently press to fit, do not stretch the dough to fit. Prick bottom with a fork, trim edge to 1”. Refrigerate 30 minutes or freeze 10 minutes.

6. Line crust with parchment and fill with dried beans or something to weigh down dough. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden, then remove parchment and weights. Reduce heat to 400º

7. In a large bowl, Mix Pumpkin puree, Evaporated Milk, heavy whipping cream, Fireball, and vanilla. Combine until smooth.

8. In a separate bowl, combine eggs and sugar and brown sugar until no lumps are present

9. Add Egg mixture to Pumpkin mixture, mix until fully combined.

10. Continue mixing, sprinkle spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, salt into the filling.

11. After the mixture is fully combined, pour into the baked pie crust.

12. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to release any air from the filling.

13. Place pie in the oven, Cook Pie at 400° for the first 15 mins, then reduced heat to 350°, continue cooking for 40 mins or until filling is totally set and a toothpick comes out clean.

14. Let sit for 30-50 min or until fully cooled. Serve and Enjoy


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

December 12, 2019 - 5:10pm
  • 2 cups Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp. Seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 pinch. Paprika

1. Soak Pumpkin Seeds in water with a pinch of salt(optional). Let soak for 5 mins.

2. Drain Seeds after 5 minutes, place in paper towel/towel and pat dry.

3. Place dry seed in bowl, add olive oil and toss until fully coated.

4. Add minced garlic to the bowl, toss until evenly distributed.

5. Add seasoning salt, pepper, and paprika to bowl, toss until spices are well mixed and coated onto the seeds.

6. On a greased baking sheet pour seed evenly onto the surface. Sprinkle leftover spices from the bowl over the Seeds.

7. Place baking sheet with Seeds in the over at 375° for 25 mins. Flip Seeds every 5 mins.


Sports Awards

December 12, 2019 - 5:08pm

Men’s Basketball
Nov. 20th, 1000 points club, Byron Elledge (Kiowa), Senior

Women’s Basketball
NAIA DII: Tiana Gullory (Navajo) #1, 3-pt (10) #1, total points (68) #3, total steals NAIA DII, Independent Conference Janee Bates, Senior #3 overall Sierra Penn #15, total steals

Cross Country
A.I.I. Cross country girl of the week. Sept. 9th Tavia Hart 2019 Missouri Sothern Stampede 36th overall, Dorian Daw 27:39:06 NAIA, National Cross Country Championship Dorian Daw, 246th, 27:40.3 Sielak (Max) Tuckfield, 251st , 27:43.5

Cottey College Invitationals 3rd, Jr. Layne Braswell (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) 4th, Russell Parks (Salish Kootenai of Flathead Reservation)

Women’s Volleyball
1000 Career Kills, Aug. 28th Alliyah Richards (Ute/Oglala Lakota) 1000 Career Digs Sophie Honahni 2019 A.I.I. Volleyball Championship No. 2- Haskell Indian Nations University Women’s Volleyball 2019 A.I.I. Conference Awards, Prechampionship banquet A.I.I. 2019 First Team All-Conference Cailey Lujan A.I.I. 2019 Second Team All-Conference Sydney Dray Sophie Honahni Brittney Shirley Mary Big Horn Champion of Character Sydney Dray 2019 Women’s Volleyball Conference/ Group Preseason Polls, Independent Category 3rd, Haskell Indian Nations University Women’s Volleyball



December 12, 2019 - 5:04pm

Haskell Students from the Advanced GIS and GPS class with the help of Dr. Stephenie Willis attended the 18th annual GIS Day at the Kansas University Union on November 13th. Two groups of students participated in the Poster competition presenting posters on Surviving Haskell Indian Nations University and Lawrence, which explored student resources and town resources for the new comer, It was presented by Josiah Candelaria, Braden Souders, Garrett Williams. The other poster covering the politics and road map through the Haskell Wetlands, presented by Kathy LittleBull, Diamond Williams, Chebon Smith, and Kayla Jackson. The students participated with 5 other posters from KU students and took home third place for Haskell with the Surviving LFK and Haskell poster.


Weaving Goodbye

December 12, 2019 - 5:03pm

The Haskell Handweavers, a club founded earlier this semester with the goal of bringing a community of weavers together and offering peer mentorship projects, looks to a brighter future with Haskell’s USDA-Extension Program. The club, whose focus this semester was on fingerweaving and coil basketry decided to work with Haskell’s USDA-Extension Program after attending one of Haskell’s USDAExtension Program’s workshops.

Haskell’s USDA-Extension Program brought Cindy Warrington, a Ho-Chunk fingerweaver, in to teach fingerweaving to students. Joshua Falleaf, Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Arts, reached out to the Haskell Handweavers to attend the event.

The success of the workshop prompted discussion between Haskell’s USDA-Extension Program and the Haskell Handweavers. The Haskell Handweavers’ focus on textiles and basketery was just a smaller vision of what the Haskell’s USDA-Extension Program was and continues to be for the Haskell Community and the two could benefit from working together.

Out of this discussion, president of the Haskell Handweavers, Jared Nally, decided to dissolve the Haskell Handweavers as an SGA sanctioned club, having the club activities absorbed into the efforts of Haskell’s USDA-Extension Program. The benefits of doing so eliminate club elections and positions that do not benefit its mentorship model, and it will now cultivate students as workshop leaders and unite efforts by both organizations. Previous programs by the Haskell Handweavers will no longer be limited by SGA sanctions to students only, but through Haskell’s USDAExtension Program workshops can reach the entire Haskell Community.

Together, ongoing efforts for the Haskell’s USDA-Extension Program by Dr. Jim Rains, Becky Welton, Cynthia Grounds, Smokey McKinney, and students previous associated with Haskell Handweavers will push to further enrich the Haskell community.

Cindy Warrington assisting student Kylie Kookesh
Photo by Jared Nally Fingerwoven garters created by student Jared Nally from the workshop
Photo by Jared Nally

Signs of Trouble

December 12, 2019 - 4:58pm

Signs of Trouble JARED NALLY Signs are going up all around campus, but that’s not all that’s catching peoples attention. Students and faculty have brought spelling errors found in the signs up to administrators showing concern for the image of the Haskell campus.

What started off as a discussion over Navarre Hall being labeled as an “adminstration” building, students have now also brought up that signs for important landmarks like the cemetery have also been misspelled. With these signs under a critical lens, critiques are now being made over the sign’s inconsistent inclusion of the word “Hall” for some buildings and not for others. For the time being, some signs are now being removed until they can be corrected.


Haskell Winter Social

December 12, 2019 - 4:56pm

Haskell Off Campus Club and SGA teamed up with the Haskell Foundation to present the Winter Social that was held on November 23rd. The community came together for a give-away where many foods, drinks, toiletries, and clothing were handed out to students and community members in need. Later in the day the Haskell students and community members feasted with each other at a potluck that consists of traditional and modern foods.


We Are the Wetlands

November 20, 2019 - 4:51pm

The following series of posters were completed by students in the Environmental Issues of the Wakarusa Wetlands class taught by Professors Jay T. Johnson, Joseph P. Brewer, Cody Marshal and guest instructor Dave Loewenstein.

Inspired by the decades long struggle to protect he Wakarusa Wetlands from the now built K-10 trafficway, students from both Haskell and KU worked in pairs to imagine how to re-engage the Lawrence community with the continued challenges facing this ecosystem and the cultural life which it embodies. The posters are on display at the Spencer Museum of Art and available as free downloads at –


PBS Television Crew Visits Haskell

November 18, 2019 - 5:31pm

“We’ve been received by the Haskell Community very well. [Dr. Wildcat] has been just a great guy to work with. When he heard that we were interested he was like ‘I want those guys here. I want them to get us on the show’ ” said Mike LeGarde, producer of the Native Report.

PBS’s The Native Report is a magazine-style television broadcasting production covering Indian country. “We travel to get stories of Native America: Native individuals, Native institutions, and Native organizations such as Haskell. As a producer I like to go to places where the show has never been before” said Mike LeGarde traveling with his photographer, AJ Larson from Duluth, Minnesota to cover Haskell.

“[People] might have heard [of Haskell], but they might not know about strong academics that the school offers. So that’s why we’re here; just going to get a few stories, one of the school itself, [and] we interviewed Jerry Tuckwen about the Indian [Athletic] Hall of Fame. Even though it’s not Haskell’s it’s still here and not a lot of people know about it.” said LeGarde.

Student-athletes Joshua Garcia, Cailey Lujan, Kasi Lucio, Justine Butterfield, and Janee Bates; softball coach Gary Tanner; faculty Tyler Kimbrell; Athletic Director Nana Alison-Brewer; and Indian Athletic Hall of Fame representative and inductee and Haskell Alumnus and past coach Jerry Tuckwen were all interviewed by LeGarde to tell the story of Haskell, and Haskell’s interconnected history with the Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Native Report’s story on Haskell will be published on and reach a national audience in 30 states. Haskell’s Athletic Director Nana Alison-Brewer was asked what this national attention would do for the Haskell sports program.

She said, “It’s Exciting. It’s definitely something that we need to do more of. We have this gem of an institution here in the middle of our United States. We have so many amazing native communities throughout our country and alumni who continue to promote [us], but there are also different communities I think we haven’t touched or reached just yet. It’s going to be great to have this exposure for those who have always been interested or curious about Haskell…. [Seeing] what we are doing now is really exciting for us and the future and our athletic department.”


Haskell’s Proclamation

November 18, 2019 - 5:28pm

Haskell Indian Nations University has made a significant step forward within the local community. As a symbol of the continuing partnership between HINU and the City of Lawrence, the city commission passed a proclamation recognizing its “long and historic relationship with indigenous peoples of Lawrence.”

University Student Government Association (SGA) President William Wilkinson and Vice President Ahnawake Toyekoyah along with University’s Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jim Rains and Vice President of University Services Tonia Salvini represented HINU at the city commission meeting. Wilkinson presented a welcoming address to the city commission and a brief statement about the significance of the proclamation. Lawrence Mayor Lisa Larsen read and declared the week of October 6th – 13th, 2019 as Haskell Indian Nations University Week.

This week was to collide in conjunction with Haskell Homecoming, Day at the U event and to also represent as recognizing Haskell’s significance to Indigenous communities.


ESA Spotlight: Spencer

November 18, 2019 - 5:27pm

Spencer resides at Winona Hall. He is a loveable Labrador and dachshund mix. He is three years old. He loves to sniff random stuff. The smelly world around him entices his senses.

He is very friendly. If you see Spencer on campus, feel free to pet him. Unfortunately, he is so popular that he sometimes makes his owner late for classes! So if you see him, understand that he is an important puppy with places to go and people to sniff. He helps his owner by being an immoveable companion. His owner knows that he will be there for her no matter what. He is loyal and loving. His favorite foods are chicken and popcorn! Spencer likes Haskell and we like him too.

If you see Spencer or any of our other emotional service animals around please be respectful and know that they are very special beings.



November 18, 2019 - 5:26pm

Thanksgiving is a weird holiday for Indigenous people. We like the food but are not so sure about the outcome. The core purpose is gratitude, which we can all agree on. I wanted to honor my Indigenous blood by remembering a great leader. This Thanksgiving I write about Lozen, who was a female warrior and prophet of the Chihenne Chiricahua Apache people. She is known for her bravery and skills in warfare. She fought alongside Geronimo. She is the sister of Victorio, an Apache chief, who is quoted as saying “strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people.” I think the qualities that make a leader are empathy, courage, and trust, which Lozen is noted to have.

Primarily, Lozen was made a leader through her intelligence and her Brother, Victorio, who led raids against early Americans who had encroached on their homeland, west of New Mexico’s Black Mountain. She is remembered as having ushered women and children across the Rio Grande during an American led attack. Her empathy for others earned her the gratitude and respect of those she served and saved. Sadly, some would say every Indigenous person in those days were born-leaders because there was a cause; extermination. Those who had the courage to fight back and take the mantle of leadership are the legends. Lozen is legendary for doing this. Her courage to fight for her people and culture separated her into a category with whom she shares space with figures like Joan of Arc and Geronimo. Anglo-Saxon culture sometimes refers to Lozen as “The Apache Joan of Arc.”

Notably, Lozen was an effective leader because people trusted her. She was known as a powerful medicine woman and prophet among her people. She is said to be able to use her mystical powers in battle. It is said that she would have supernatural knowledge of the enemy’s location and movement. Effective leaders always have a higher power to derive from. From Gandhi to Jesus Christ, the ability to acknowledge, tap in, and understand the forces that are widely unknown is a huge component, especially when that ultimate force is benign. In God we trust.

Ultimately, I believe Lozen was a good leader. I imagine her as being a loner. Her perspective and abilities made her able to help her people. I feel sorry for her because the opposing force was just too strong. Lozen died in 1889 at the age of 49. Her name is remembered and her stories are told. We can still learn from her actions today. When genocide comes, what would you do? Lozen shows us to fight, endure, and, most of all, care.

This Thanksgiving, do not forget the most important reason why we gather, share, and eat, it is to care. We are given the opportunity to care about one another and be grateful for all the good things we have. Many of those things did not come for free. Remember Lozen this November


Listening to the Voices of Native Women

November 18, 2019 - 5:25pm

At the University of Kansas, professor and Native scholar Sarah Deer, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, held her presentation Sovereignty of the Soul: Centering the Voices of Native Women. Deer voiced her findings and research in her presentation on various topics concerning Native rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights. This presentation was not limited to these topics but framed the flow of the conversation Deer was having with her audience. Before initiating her presentation, Deer made it clear that her work and understandings of these topics are coming from her perspective. She told the audience that not all Native people think the same way and she could not speak for all Native people.

The content that was relayed during this presentation weaved together multiple topics. An issue that takes center stage is that Native people, especially Native women, are not given the seat at the table to voice their concerns. Deer elaborated more with examples throughout our history. She described how Native peoples are seen as merely as individuals, that our earlier forms of Native existence had magically disappeared. She believes in the importance of celebrating the accomplishments of the many women throughout history who have been overlooked by the focus of men. Deer also talked about the issues she witnessed firsthand with her clients when she was practicing law. Most of her clients were Native women who had encountered rape or other forms of sexual violence. She communicated the devastating trauma, underrepresentation, and violence that she witnessed with her clients.

Through her presentation, Deer made the case to her audience that Native voices need to be prioritized if we, as a society, are to address the complex issues that Native people face today