THE INDIAN LEADER

Why it is Time to let the Indian Go

by Joseph Singh

Calling Indigenous people “Indian” is like calling Europeans “Japanese”. The label is erroneous and condescending. The origin of the slur comes from Christopher Columbus who mistook the American continent for India. He then labeled the inhabitants “Indians”. Perhaps it was because of the pigmentation of the Natives. Indians, Indigenous, Latinos, and Africans are some of the groups of people who have an abundance of melanin making their skin pigment darker. What could have been a simple mistake has been exacerbated over time by the neglect to correct this error in classification.

The Inhabitants of the America’s were subject to genocide. Many traditions, cultures, and tribes were wiped from history. The descendants of the Indigenous suffer from an identity crisis. Assimilation reprogrammed the minds of Natives and conformed them to foreign ways and beliefs. Many Natives find it very difficult to uncover their true ancestry because of European occupation. Natives were taken
further away from their culture, until eventually they started to believe they really were “Indians”. We can take it back. Reclaiming the lost culture of the Native American starts with fixing the 500 year old typo that is the word “Indian”. To be called Indigenous would give the original people of this land credit for being here. Using the correct classification would help educate the masses as to what the “Indians” of the Americas truly are. The sacrifices of our ancestors need to be respected and regaled. The survival of the North American Native is remarkable. Clarification is needed to heal the people. Documents will need to be revised. Government departments and school names will need to be changed. Considering all of the injustice, dishonesty, and pain the ancestors of the Indigenous suffered, I do not think rewriting some words would be too much to ask.

Haunted Haskell

by Joseph Singh

The ghosts of Haskell Indian Nations University are sacred. The spirits of students and alumni
alike have been sighted in various places on campus. There is a woman who reportedly frequents the
basement of Pocahontas Hall, a dormitory for freshmen female students. A cloaked figure has been
reported to look down upon students from the bell tower atop Hiawatha Hall. The most notable of
these spirits are the children torn from their homes and forced to be assimilated at the turn of the 19 th
century. Their bodies have been laid to rest in a cemetery located on the Haskell campus. Many of the
headstones are blank, as if what happened at that time was too ghastly to transcribe.
Accordingly, as recent as fall 2017 sightings have been reported. An apparition was seen after
hours in Curtis Hall late at night. A picture was taken and upon close inspection the face of what
appears to be an elderly woman wrapped in a shawl was captured. Students who stay at Haskell often
hear the laughter of children late at night. To this day, the students and faculty of Haskell experience
paranormal phenomena.

Moreover, ghosts are people too. The university does not allow paranormal investigation of the
campus because of the deep respect for the souls of people who have passed to the spirit world.
Taunting and profiteering of the spirits is highly forbidden. National ghost hunter groups have made an
effort to explore the campus for this purpose. Haskell did not and will never allow access to such groups
who seek to exploit the entities who have a sacred connection to the University. For those who study,
work, and reside at Haskell Indian Nations University, the specters are a part of our campus family.

Haskell Bridge/ KU-Haskell Exchange Program

by Amanda Smith

Haskell Indian Nations University, has many opportunities for students, from athletic programs, fraternity/sorority, different clubs, and academic programs. Students join these activities, to keep themselves busy, to learn from it, share their knowledge with others, making friends, just getting the opportunity to be apart of a group here at Haskell. One of the academic programs here at Haskell is the Bridge/ KU Exchange program, that helps students experience taking a class at a big university, help with a research/working in labs, and just taking advantage of what benefits come out of this program.

Haskell Bridge/ KU Exchange program coordinator Becky Welton, has worked at Haskell for about 20 years, this includes working with the Bridge program for about 10 years and the KU-Haskell Exchange program for 3 years. Welton is a graduate from Northern Arizona University, with a degree in Applied Science and a minor in Business. She has held many jobs but her most rewarding is mentoring/advising students to reach their potential.

Coordinator Becky Welton, states, “The Bridge program is an undergraduate research program offered through a partnership with the University of Kansas and Haskell that is funded by the NIH.  The program, started in the mid 90’s, provides a mentored research experience for students interested in addressing health disparities in Indian Country.  Students are required to have a minimum 2.5 GP, be in good social standing and have good time management skills. Each year recruitment begins in the fall/early spring and the program supports 9 students.  Ideally, applicants will have a desire to transfer to another 4-year university for four-year programs that Haskell does not offer; examples include Chemistry, Botany, Engineering, Human Biology, Music Education and many others. While the focus is bio-medical research, for many students this is their first research experience thus having a great experience with a good mentor is most important. Students receive research training, paid travel, and earn $12 per hour for their contributions to their lab.  Additionally, there are opportunities for networking, attending seminars, presenting their research at symposiums and travel to professional conferences”. Along with the KU-Haskell Exchange program, “provides students the opportunity to take one class a semester at the other institution.  The requirements for Haskell students are a 2.5 GPA and be at least a second semester freshman.  Students can take KU classes that Haskell doesn’t offer; some choices include: foreign languages, marching band, political science, and for upper classmen, electives in their fields of study that enhance the curriculum Haskell offers.  There is no additional tuition cost for the KU courses although students will purchase any textbooks required for the class.  A shuttle service is provided at minimal cost and runs hourly from Haskell to KU.

Keylyn Turney, currently is a part of the KU Exchange and Bridge program here at Haskell, she’s been in the program since August 21st, 2017. Turney commented, “I love getting the opportunity to take KU classes one to two at a time. It is a much easier transition into a bigger university. I do not enjoy driving there and trying to find a parking spot! That’s obnoxious. KU classes are much larger in size. Other than that, I think they all vary upon the subject and requirements of the class. Currently I’ve only taken 2 but I am pre-enrolled for 4 more before I graduate Haskell in December 2018”.

Haskell students are given many opportunities to explore and get the chance to be apart of a program, club, and other activities that will benefit them. Its taking chances as a student, building a record that will show what accomplishments you have done, and just to be involve with other students who want to do and learn more.

Running Start: Elect Her

article by Amanda Smith, photos by Michael Begay

Elect Her was hosted at its first tribal college, Haskell Indian Nations University, a one-day event for young woman who share an interest in running for any type of government. About 30 students attended; those who share an interest in running for office and wanting to know more about Elect Her. Came together to share knowledge about the concerns they have whether it’s on campus or within their own tribe, they helped one another and encouraged each other. This event brought two Indigenous woman who are currently in or running for office, Liana Onnen and Sharice Davids, to share their experience and give advice on what it’s like to be in office.

Sharice Davids, currently running for U.S. States Congress in Kansas, a member of the Ho-Chuck Nation shared her experience about what it’s like running against other Non-Natives, her journey on how far she has come, and what she plans to accomplish. She states in her speech, “As the daughter of a single mother Army veteran, I know the importance of determination and service to country. As a woman and a Native American, I know how to stand up and fight for equity. As a lawyer, economic advisor, and advocate, I know how to build consensus and get things done”. Indigenous woman like Sharice Davids, who campaigns for women, people of color, and LGBTQ founders, and is a highly trained in martial arts and has competed as both an amateur and professional in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), shows that a woman can do anything she wants to do.

Liana Onnen, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairperson, stated in her speech, “I do this not for the money, I certainly do not do it for the fame, I do it because it matters, I do it because its important to my community, I do it because it’s what I believe my people deserve, its what I believe Indian people deserve, I don’t just fight for my tribe, I fight for all Indian people at the national level..”.

These young women who attended this event all represented the entire Haskell student body and their tribes. They heard motivating words from a Tribal Chairwoman and a Congressional Candidate for Kansas that Indigenous woman have every right to do the same job as a man, to stand up, get their voices heard and that they are capable of anything.

Escape Reality with Massage Therapy

by Rashad Squalls

Some of us wake up and dread having to exert extra energy throughout the day. The fatigue from stress can weigh heavy on our minds and bodies. If not properly managed health problems can occur such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, mental health problems, along with other various illnesses. It is of upmost importance to not deprive ourselves of relaxation. Haskell’s Indian Nations University undergraduate Donald J. Dewit is working on a career as a health practitioner. Dewit specializes in massage therapy and uses his training to relieve the community around him from day to day tension. There are many different techniques used with massage therapy such as trigger point, acupressure, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, hot stone, plus many more. Dewitt says that his favorite method for massage therapy is using hot stones on his clients. “Massage treatment is an organic way to reduce back pain and arthritis, as well as help with the quality of sleep that you recieve overnight” quotes Menshealth.com. Many people from the community have become Massage therapy clients due to the health benefits. “I work with all types, the elderly, adults, teens, and kids”, quoted Dewit. Dewit is also a traveling massage therapist who has recently been to Cancun Mexico, Belize, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas City. He has had the privilege to provide his services to a vast range of clients. When asked what Dewit’s favorite part of his career was he responded, “The best part of my job is that I get to make somebody’s day better whether they’re seeing me for body pain or stress. My clients will tell me that they feel more relaxed and calm after their treatment”. Next time you feel overwhelmed from school, work, or running errands throughout the day consider massage therapy, treat yourself.

Frank Waln at Lied Center

by Kayla Bointy

Native Performance Artist Frank Waln, alongside his Dream Warriors performed at the Lied Center.  Frank Waln has inspiring words in his lyrics and his rhymes are often accompanied by the budding vocalist Tinaya Winder, who’s full voice adds poignancy to his message.  With his words and her voice, the audience can also enjoy the dancing styles of Micco Sampson who mixes traditional moves, hoop dancing, and contemporary interpretative dance .  Together the trio is a 360-degree experience. The audience sat on stage and was welcomed to come up while he rapped, it was intimate show. It was like being privy to a jam session. The crowd consisted of ages from young to old, scholars, students, native and non-native. The performance spoke to everyone in some way. After Waln, Sampson, and Winder took pictures and gave autographs, very personable and friendly. Keep an eye out for them on their upcoming #Healit Tour.

Stereotype Name

by Chris Talkalai
The name “Redskin” is a term used for Native Americans, but for some, they consider offensive toward Indigenous people. Recently, Haskell premiered the documentary, “More Than a Word.” It expresses the opinions of Native Americans toward the football team named, Washington “Redskins.” John and Kenneth Little documented the view point of Native Americans’ issue toward the name, and said that one day, it will be changed, because they’re not giving up. Non-Native people celebrate the name and say it wasn’t supposed to be offensive, but more like honoring them.

During the film, a poll conducted said that ninety percent of Native Americans don’t care about the issue. But when looking into how the poll was conducted, there was actually no verification on if the people
who responded were actually Native. The poll was conducted over the phone.

If they came to Haskell, and survey ed students, it would be more reliable because it’s an all Native school. The issue still remain, and will they

 

change the name one day? We’ll have to wait and see.

 

 

Haskell Royalty Candidates for 2018

By Diamond Williams

Haskell Royalty Candidates for 2018-2019 answer the question: Why are you running for Miss Haskell/ Haskell Brave?

Name: Troy Watterson
Tribe: Bishop Paiute
Class: Sophomore soon be Junior
Quote: I running for Brave to be able to represent Haskell in a good positive manner and to be able to represent all the tribal nations who have student attending Haskell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:Autumn Powell
Tribe: Navajo ,Window Rock, AZ.
Class: junior
Quote: I am running for Miss Haskell for to improve for our student’s wellness because Mr. Gipp and (Judith) Gipp tell past stories of students playing lacrosse on the powwow grounds, biking club riding around the Lawrence community, and there were so many different clubs that hosted many events and activities for students to participate in. They did that with the resource Haskell had, but over the years it’s diminishing rapidly that it’s hard to have re-start again. I want to be able to incorporate more activities that are available for students to join. I want to able to see Haskell as an active campus. I also want to represent the bi-racial students here at Haskell who may feel left out because some of them didn’t grow up knowing our tribe’s traditions and we come here learning about it on our own because no body has time to teach them. I attended the Black Panel and a lot of the Black students said they would like to see other black, white, and Latino students on the school website or when AIS classes teaching the similarities Black and Natives faced down in history.

Name: Ahnawake Dahn Toyekoyah
Tribe: Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
(Caddo, Delaware, Blackfeet, Klamath, Pit River, Kickapoo, Seminole, and Shasta)
Class: Sophomore
Quote: I would love the opportunity to be Miss Haskell because I believe I’m a great candidate for the position. I’m outgoing, kind, and I love learning about other tribes and traditions. I’m in touch with my culture and understand how valuable it is to pass from generation to generation. Given the chance to represent Haskell, I would like to help advocate for student opinions and voices. The chance to represent this University, which has helped me so greatly, is an incredibly exciting possibility and one I hope to be considered for.

Team 155! Travels Deep Into Kiowa Country

by Kayla Bointy

Saturday, February 10th Team 155! The Haskell AIHEC Handgame Team, traveled to Carnegie, Oklahoma and entered a Traditional Kiowa-style Handgame. The Birthday Handgame was held in Honor of two Kiowa elders Vera (Cozad) Buffalomeat and Lewis Cozad. The team was greeted with warm welcomes from Haskell Alumni and the locals, and enjoyed excellent traditional foods. Over all Team 155 placed 4th, however did not go home empty handed, after the hosts and elders learned that Haskell Students alongside their Captains Robin and Jeremy Shield raised money on their own and rented vans out of their own pocket to travel down; The team and Captain Jeremy Shield were honored, blessed, and gifted a grocery basket (a customary gift for travelers). As well as being invited back to Oklahoma to play again.

Haskell’s First-Ever Two-Spirit Powwow

by Kayla Bointy

Haskell History was made on Februrary 24th , where the First-Ever Haskell Two-Spirit Powwow was held in Tecumseh Hall. The Indian Leader took to the crowd on their opinion of the turnout . For the first-ever Haskell Two-spirit Powwow; what is your opinion on the success? Do you think there will be another? Should the Haskell student body make an effort to carry on this legacy? What are your thoughts?

Miss Haskell, Caroline Wiseman:
“Personally I had never been to a non-competition powwow, and I loved the environment of the two-spirit Powwow! It was homey, safe, and inviting! I met people from all over, the diversity there was beautiful! I would say it was a very successful powwow. I hope there is another! It would be a shame if there wasn’t because of how successful this powwow was. But it would have to be Student led, which is possible because this one was. That Student is graduating, but I feel that this powwow was so well attended, empowering, and uplifting, I think Students will carry on its legacy. ONWARD HASKELL!”

Fancy Shawl Dancer and Sophmore Ra’el Wilbur states :
“I thought it was very successful by the way it was organized, you could tell Bry had everything on time and made the entire community feel welcome.. Especially when it came to grand entry time, because normally Haskell Powwows don't start exactly when they say it will, and then Bry comes in with the Two-Spirit Powwow exactly how he said it was going to be. I hope they have another Two-Spirit Powwow planned for the future, because Haskell is a very rich cultural campus and having these events is a great way of bringing the student body and community together. It also encourages the students to be connected to their cultural roots, even though some tribes have different practices, its still a great way to get them involved and be proud of who they are as an Indigenous person.”

Student Worker and Junior, Randy Nagitsy :
“I would have to say that the success showed in the number of alumni who attended and showed their support. Hearing those gay/ lesbian/ two spirit alumni response on social media , as well as their emotional response , people cried ,and I believe that shows it was a form of healing in its own … It would be nice if there could be another Two-Spirit powwow but it would take a combination of student will, hard work and acceptance from the student body as well as the community. I believe that’s why Two-Spirit month was so successful due to Bry (Asmaali) Library Carrie and (Elyse) Towey who actually kept on their agenda, had an itemized list on how to execute each component of educating and healing . I think my favorite part of the two spirit event would be the Dine’ speaker spoke of his relationship with his fiancé , and how in the state of Arizona their marriage would be recognized, however the Navajo Nation, due to the Dine’ Act of 2005 prohibits them from getting married. That was a bit of an eye-opener because you have a state that’s willing to acknowledge same sex marriage but even within in our own tribal nations, (I believe its twelve tribes who prohibit same sex marriage and the Dine’ Nation is one of them) some tribes who wont let go of their own colonial mindsets… in order to carry on the legacy of what we witnessed this past month, the responsibility lies within the two spirit community. Bry really laid the blueprint for future Haskell students who take the initiative to carry on, but I believe it can be done.”

Open mic nights at Haskell: An Outlet for Students to Express Themselves

By Mark Morales

Talent among students at Haskell is not hard to find but unfortunately finding proper venues to display
those talents can be. This will hopefully not be the case in the future.
On February 8, 2017 the Haskell Two Spirit/ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) +
Grant Committee hosted a slam poetry/ open mic night at Tommaney Hall (library) as part of Haskell’s
Two Spirit Celebration Month. “The event had such a remarkable turnout” According to Carrie Cornelius.
Talks are now in place to make Haskell open mic night a routine event.
Considerations for hosting a monthly open mic night being discussed revolve around concerns of
distance and student safety at current open mic venues in Lawrence. Open mic events in Lawrence are
typically held at bars that cater to patrons who tend to be intoxicated and can encourage alcohol
consumption which is prohibited at Haskell campus. Students like Rashad Squalls have vocalized their
concerns about this as well as the distance they must currently travel in order “display their talents at
open mic nights”. Also, a majority of students do not have access to vehicles that can get them to and
from venues in Lawrence. Unruly Kansas weather can also play a significant role in safe student
commutes.
For reasons like this, it seems to make sense that Haskell regularly host events like Haskell Open Mic
night on campus that students can conveniently and safely travel to as well as be among their peers.
While at these events students get a chance to associate with one another and showcase their talents
which can be a great ice breaking mechanism for students who are not as verbal. Besides being great
entertainment, these events can also lead to lifelong skills in communication.
As far as Entertainment goes, with a little bit of encouragement and healthy environment for
expression, “Haskell Open Mic Night” could be a catalyst to breaking the next big Hollywood star!
According to librarian Carrie Cornelius, The next proposed open Mic night is being purposed for early
April.

Haskell Safety

by Erynn Ducheneaux

In the wake of the deadliest mass school shooting in U.S. history, Haskell students are
curious as to what the Universities protocols are if this school were to have an active shooter on
campus. Chloe Gunville, a current student at Haskell, states that she feels safe here on Haskell
campus around fellow natives but what concerns her is the law that was introduced allowing KU
campus to carry firearms. For her being a bridge program student, and KU being a P.W.I
(predominantly white institution), she says she is a little more guarded when on their campus.
Haskell’s Code of Conduct does not include any instructions or procedures to follow regarding
an active shooter, so how would the students know what to do? Dawnee Keckler, a current
Haskell transfer student pointed out that if she were ever to be in a situation of the sort, she
wouldn’t know what to do if she were in panic mode because it is never talked about and is not
written down anywhere. Although Haskell has an E-2 Alert text messaging system in place for
emergencies, many Haskell students stated that they know nothing about it. The E-2 alert
notifications are a free service that is used during emergencies that will include time/date, a brief
description of the emergency, where and who to receive further information from. Students can
sign up for these alerts at Haskell.edu. But that is only one form of security, are there others?
Haskell has unarmed security patrolling the campus but what about inside the buildings and what
happens when their shift ends for the day? Acting director of Haskell library, Carrie Cornelius
indicated that it has been brought up in previous staff meeting about what to do if an active
shooter were to enter the building, she then stated they go into lock down, get students away
from the windows and find an enclosed room for the students and staff to hide out in. Carrie did
also mention that this is not talked about enough and the evacuation maps are outdated but in the
aftermath of this shooting, Haskell staff have recently received an emailing regarding an
upcoming safety trainings for this type of situation and are also encouraging students to report
anything they may see or hear that does not sound or feel right to authorities on campus. Students
deserve to feel and know how to be safe. Chloe Gunville mentioned that maybe the school
should have metal detectors and card access to get into buildings, not too bad of an idea.

The Historical Context of Indigenous Leadership

by Allen Stephenson

Here at Haskell, we’ve observed our American President say some rather questionable
things to the press and tweet undeniably questionable things to the public world at large. While
we ultimately don’t condemn or condone the president’s actions we can only help but wonder
about the legitimacy of his leadership skills. It was this thinking on criticisms of Trump as a
leader that I was struck by the notion of studying Indigenous leadership and decided to see what
lies within the leadership of current and past Native leaders.
Gone are the days of wild dances and primordial fires. Our ancestors of the last true tribal
independence have told their stories. Great stories of battle and sacrifice. Stories that have
shaped a nation, created empires and ultimately defined what it means to be a Native American.
How then, do we put the great stories of our people, the indigenous people, into metrics the
world can understand? We need only to look at the pivotal examples of our forefathers, the
iconoclast leaders of the many tribes that populate the Americas of both past and present.
Throughout history we have looked at the many and varied ways indigenous
leaders have exhibited leadership to some surprising results. The biggest observation we see in
the historic examples shown to us would be, that there is no one way to lead. When it comes to
indigenous paradigms, high levels of variance are common. This means that we see each leader’s
example use their own Tribal epistemology and methodology applied toward concepts of
leadership.
To be a leader, you must have followers. This truth permeates throughout the annals of time and
with good reason. The leaders in all our most famous studies had followers.

Tribesmen, families, elders, all looking to them for answers and this is where we make our
second observation. Many of the Indigenous biographies studied had a common factor in their
historical context. The rise of America as a world power, the Industrial revolution and the last
formal fights of resistance are all common backdrops in the lives of virtually every leader that
existed during this time frame.

The past clearly shows us that Historic context gave birth to leaders. That people,
our people, at least have always risen to the challenge of survival. The simple fact that we are
still here is testament enough to that. What about the narrative of leadership? Did all our
examples have the same motivations? Of course not. While some will argue the personal
motivations of these historic leaders is paramount for research, we should instead look at the
cultural context that is applied to each leader. It is by doing this that we gain greater insight into
the culture and people they respectively belong to.

This is very important when it comes to our perception, because our world is not the
world any of the historic leaders could have ever imagined. As we try to dissect the narrative of
indigenous leadership from the historic perspective of the Indian Leaders of the past, we find a
few glaring problems, not with them, but with us. As the modern Native identity seeks to
reconcile its new “American Individual” alter ego within its own indigenous community. We
must remember that even as we see their biographies as individual, they are very much a single
part of a whole, not a whole single part.

This is critical if we are to decipher their actions and truly learn from the priceless
examples of Indigenous Leadership they set before us. This final observation is that none of
these leaders were individuals in the sense that we know.

The followers they had were directly connected with them. There was no distinct
separation of class between a leader and follower within the indigenous paradigm, all were of the
tribe. With this final truth we begin to see the unique definition of Indigenous leadership come to
fruition and realize all the sacrifices of the past will not be in vain. Standing on the shoulders of
giants, Now it's our turn to lead for the next generation. The way is clear, the path is open.

The Man With The Ice Scraper

by Cody Vannaman

I got the chance to talk with Noah Webster aka The Man With The Scraper. I asked him why he went out in the cold and helped scrap the ice off of other people’s car? He said, “It had to be done.” I asked him to walk me through how all this went down. He responded with, “I was walking back from lunch around one and I saw people try to scrape the ice off their windshields with their id cards. Then I yelled do you need any help, so I went and helped them. After that I went inside, put warmer clothes on and moved from car to car and just didn’t pay attention to the time and keep going.”

My last question I asked him was would he do it again, he said, “Of course I would do it again. I feel it’s my civic duty to help people in the community.” So next time you see someone who needs help with something, if it’s scraping ice off their car or with a subject in school, or just anything, be like Noah and help them. A good deed can go a long way if you just help.

One Game At A Time

by Cody Vannaman

Haskell Women’s Basketball Roster
21. Tiana Guillory
23. Justina Coriz-Captain
13. Paige Dale
33. Darrian Diwayan
20. Chloe Gunville
30. Nykki Benally
05. Janee Bates
22. Sierra Penn
44. Keli Warrior-Captain
1. Jandra Levi
3. Lexi Kimball
40. Devon Spoonhunter
35. Caylee Lujan

Managers: Alec Peehler and Jake White

Head Coach: Flanagan

Assistant Coach: John Morris

 

The Haskell Women’s Basketball Team is making it to conference this year and will play on Saturday the 24th. I interviewed most of the girls on the basketball team and their head coach for their upcoming battle in conference. I got the chance to interview Coach Flanagan (Head Coach), and he had a lot to say about his team. “We have enough talent, size, and young players we really relied on this season. Our plan is obviously to win the next game, but we want the culture of responsibility to represent the best way possible. We also have a moto I guess, it’s do everything to your best ability.”

I asked how he felt about his seniors, he responded with, “Keli Warrior is a big part in the process especially since she holds the record for most points her at Haskell, her and Justina Coriz don’t overthink anything, they are playing in the here and now, and they are always doing better everyday.”

I also asked about Paige Dale, a key player in their rotation, and if her being injured affects anything? He answered with “It affects our rotation and having other having to play her position.” I asked him how he feels about the girls, the team, and why the community should come and support them, he added with, “We have a great group of girls, we have Keli who like I said is the leading scorer in Haskell, and we are a fun and exciting group to watch.”

I got the chance to interview most of them, but not Keli, but senior Justina Coriz had this to say, “Me and Keli are trying to make our last year the best it can be. We have to play one game at a time, we are trying to survive, but be on the lookout cause you don’t wanna miss anything.” Tiana Guillory had this to say, “All the hard work throughout the season has paid off big for us.” Sophomore guard, Sierra Penn said, “I’m very excited to play with the teammates I have, I think we have a good chance at getting far.”

Darrian Diwayan is quiet, but deadly down in the post, she had this to say, “I’m not really nervous to be playing in conference, just glad to be apart of a team.” Janee Bates also sophomore guard and starter said, “We are a different team from last year, we gotta go to conference and do work. We have a good chance at winning.” Number 30 Nykki Benally said, “Every team has to play in the tournament, so if we play our game no one can beat us.”

As a reporter and fan of basketball, I think they can pull off the win and can move onto nationals and possible win it all. Most of the girls had said they wished their seniors had another year to play with them. They all motivate each other in different ways, but mainly through the game and the effort they put out. They are all very excited to be playing in conference and happy they got the two seed. If they win this Saturday they will automatically be in Nationals which would be big not just for the girls, coaches, and team, but also for the school in general.

Celebrating Diversity at Haskell

By Terrence Littlejohn
February is Black History Month, prior to the story, Haskell had not set up anything to celebrate but currently two events are being planned. We asked students about their cultural heritage of being both African American and Native American.

Questions:
1. As a Native American that is also of African descent do you feel racial stereotypes at Haskell?
2. Do you feel that there is more pressure on you being both African American/Native American than that of a Native American mixed with another race?
3. Which race do you relate more to?

Shanice Chatlin, Haskell Sophomore, San Carlos Apache responses:
1. Yes, because weather some know it or not they tend to make racial comments concerning black people. I’ve encountered racism here on campus being half black.
2. Yes, because Native American and African Americans are both minorities and both dark skinned. Going in public and being dark skinned people assume many different things.
3. I relate more to my Native American side. Only because all my life I’ve only knew my Native side.

Aiyana Jack, Haskell Junior, Yankton Sioux & Standing Rock Sioux
1. Yes, because some people look at you here at Haskell as being only a little bit of Native American or not enough.
2. Yes, because we come from two oppressed cultures.
3. I think this is different for everyone. I grew up in a Native household and I didn’t know much about my African American side, but being from a reservation and being one of the only multiracial children on the reservation I feel like I could relate more to my African American side.

Emalyne King, Haskell Sophomore, Oklahoma Choctaw
1. No, but I feel like that could do with the people I surrounded myself with and the time that I got here. When I arrived last Spring, it was a bunch of girls pretty much locked in Pokie (Pocahontas Hall) because of an incoming ice storm, so all of us were new and in the same situation of not knowing anything, so we all got along. Since I’m always with my friends I haven’t given myself a chance to experience biases on campus.
2. I feel that as both Native and African American there is more pressure to not be a stereotype and show people that I can be successful and that my nationality does not define me.
3. I can’t say I relate more to either side. Once I’m outside of my group of friends and family people assume I’m black just from looking at me and when I speak ask why I don’t sound black. Or if I say I’m native, people are shocked that natives still exist and then wonder if I live in a teepee.

Baron Hoy, Haskell Senior, Mvskoke
1. The feeling is a bit different than the rest of the world but there are similarities. Prejudices here exist. Unsaid prejudices, practices of exclusion and ignorance of the black/Native students is prevalent here. It’s similar in a sense of superiority as the rest of the world. It’s similar in that there is division. It’s weird that it’s coming from your own, indigenous people but they also seem to benefit from African American culture through music, art, fashion, sport and lingo.
2. Most definitely, yes. Unlike other people we are a double minority. Being Black is objectified, and labeled a certain way. It’s unsettling because Native Americans have that syndrome where they love their oppressors but hate their oppressors as well. Minority people including African Americans look up to their oppressors and seek their validation, services, products instead of building economies of our own and creating our own value. That self-perpetuating system is what keeps us under bondage and oppressed. Our Ancestors would be ashamed of the division and corruption. As a people we have ceased looking out for the people we are looking out for ourselves. To our ancestors that alone would make us the white man. Not by race but by action. If it swims does it make it a fish? Most likely yes. “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”-Malcolm X
3. Both, I was raised as both. There wasn’t a “Coming to Native America”, realization for me. As many would assume. I was raise both a black individual and native. I grew up I identify as both because it is my right to. I am Mvskoke, I am Creek fully as I am African (As was told to me by a respected elder in 2015 on my tribal grounds.) Haskell has been in my vocabulary since I was very young. My mother went to Haskell, and helped Haskell transitions to a university from a Junior college as student senate president. So my involvement is solidified.

Valentine’s Day

by Tiffany Blevins

Valentine’s Day is really frustrating from a women’s perspective in regards to what kind of gift is acceptable to give a
man. Every holiday I come across that includes gift giving is always frustrating in this way. Men are so
hard to shop for. Everything they want is super expensive: tools, sports gear and equipment, video games,
things for their car, and the list can go on and on. Spending like 50$ + on a non major holiday is painful.
Now with girls, you can buy them some ten dollar boquet of flowers, five dollar stuffed animals or even
write a poem, that costs nothing out of your wallet, and they LOVE it. I remembe this one Valentine’s
Day, I was in the 5th

grade. I had the biggest crush on this one boy in my class (we will call him C.C.).
C.C. was just about the sweetest country boy you could ever meet. So I decided to get him a V-Day gift to
tell him how I felt. So I watched some romantic comedies to get ideas on what people like for vday. I
wanted to get it right so I got him: A box of chocolates, a stuffed animal, a single rose, and of course a
card confessing my affections. To top it off I combined it all into a lovely gift basket and left it in the
front office for him to deliver. BIG MISTAKE! I was the absolute laughing stock of my grade that day.
Aparrently it is odd for boys to receive those kinds of things. C.C on the other hand was not unkind to me,
but he did avoid me for a month before we regained our normal friendship after the weirdness of rejection
faded. Well what I learned that day was, most men, do not like the same type of gifts that girls do,
generally speaking ( I know there are always the exceptions). 15 years have passed since my 5th
grade
failure and I still have a hard time figuring out what to get a guy, and even more pressure on finding the
right gift for him that won’t break the bank. Come on guys, help us girls out with some gift ideas 20$ or

under and save those bigger items for bigger holidays like Christmas.

Make America Think Again

by Allen Stephenson

Its been several days since President Trump’s State of the Union address, a highly
anticipated, albeit mixed bag of political rhetoric. While the first half of his speech seemed to
focus on his slogan “Make America great again,” we can only question how the logistics of the
policies he sets forth could happen. The President undoubtedly is making good on his word at
face value. His policy of putting “America first” became evident with the subject matter in the
beginning his address. Tax cuts, the economy, regulatory reform, trade and new ideas on
immigration, but in terms of the American people, just who are they?
"Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground,
and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve," Trump
exclaims at one point. The American people are many things and one of them is most definitely
divided. The irony of calling people to come together when the government itself was on
furlough several days prior is glaring. It was also painfully apparent that Bipartisan policies were
no where to be found and not happening anytime soon. Trump appeared to be bragging almost
about undoing every Obama era regulation, even to the point of declaring that Guantanamo Bay
prison in Cuba would stay open. An insult to injury as it were, to Obama’s long-standing struggle
to shut the prison down during the time of his presidency.
The arena of American politics is a savage one to say the least, so where then do we as
Native Americas draw the line between hope and political despondency? In the surge of
American energy production Trump has consigned land from the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge in Alaska and offshore for oil drilling and fracking. “We have ended the war on
American energy. And we have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal.” Trump claims in his

speech. This is troubling to indigenous people for many reasons, but is he aware of that? Just
how much do Indigenous people add up in his vision for the American people? Its hard to say.
We can do more than hope however by staying informed and knowing how political discourse
works in the white man’s court is a critical start, if not necessary for the future of our people. The
president discussed many things having to do with the “greatness” of our country and presented
the lives of veterans and their stories in true hallmark fashion towards the conclusion of his
speech, but nary a word on Russia or pending investigations on possible collusion, go figure.
The new American politico doesn’t have to be some middle aged white guy touting
outdated political values based on profit and private ownership. He or She, could be someone
from Wolf Clan, A water protector, someone with powerful medicine, someone with long hair or
who was raised by their elders. Someone that danced jingle dress or straight. This person could
be indigenous, this person could be you or me.

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