Haskell Volleyball Returning to Association of Independent Institutions Conference

by Sean Parrish Haskell Volleyball will be returning to the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference tournament for post-season play. The team finished with a 3-2 record in the A.I.I.  conference.  The team will be heading to Lincoln, Illinois for their first match. The other teams in the tournament are:  College of the Ozarks, Kentucky Christian University, and Lincoln Christian University, who is the host site for the tournament.

No game times were announced at print time but Indian Leader will post information online.

Haskell Volleyball Team (Photo by Michael Begay)

Catching up on Haskell women’s volleyball’s past games on Senior Night, they honored Randi Romero (Laguna-Pueblo), and won against Avila University: 3-1. In the next game against Mid America Christian they lost 1-3.  At Bacone College they won 3-0. At their home game on Tuesday, October 17 against York College they won 3-2.

During the the College of the Ozarks Tournament that occurred Friday, October 20th Haskell Lady Indians (12-15) would sweep Crowley’s

Senior Randi Romero, Laguna Pueblo, with Coach Nanabah Allison-Brewer at Senior Night. (Photo by Michael Begay)

Ridge College Pioneers (7-22) in three sets (25-16, 25-23, and 25-16). The Lady Indians were led by Krista Costa with 14 kills, hitting .407, also posting 27 digs, and one block. Shayla Yazzie (Navajo) added 22 digs, two service ace. Cailey Lujan (Navajo) added 7 kills, and 8 digs. Randi Romero (Laguna-Pueblo) had 39 assisted, 7 digs and 2 kills for the night. Haskell had 45 kills, 42 assists and 82 digs for the match. While Crowley’s Ridge College had 29 kills, 27 assists, and 67 digs.

Their second game of the day was against College of the Ozarks Bobcats (23-5). The Haskell Indians were defeated by the Bobcats in three sets (22-25, 17-25, and 17-25). The Indians were led by Randi Romero (Laguna-Pueblo) with 24 assists and 11 digs for the night. Alliyah Richards with 9 kills, hitting .364, also posting four digs. Following her was Cailey Lujan (Navajo) with 9 kills, hitting .194, also posting 8 digs and one block. Shayla Yazzie (Navajo) helped with 18 digs and Krista Costa added 13 digs and 7 kills for the night. Haskell Lady Indians had 29 kills, 26 assists and 68 digs for the match. While the Bobcats had 45 kills, 36 assists, and 82 digs.

On the second day at the A.I.I. Mid-Season Tournament, Saturday, October 21st, Haskell University would gain another victory against Crowley’s Ridge College in the first match and would suffer another loss to College of the Ozarks Bobcats. At their last home game of the season Haskell (12-16) hosted University of Saint Mary (12-15) at Coffin Sports Complex on Tuesday, October 24th during which they suffered a 1-3.

At Graceland University they lost, 2-3.

Their last game is on November 1st against Central Christian College in McPherson, KS.

Campus Lockdown and the Importance of E2 Alerts

Rumors of an individual armed with a gun somewhere in the area between Haskell, Broken Arrow Elementary, and South Middle Schools prompted a lockdown at Haskell Indian Nations University. Shortly after noon on October 19, employees and students who were subscribed to the school’s E2 Campus Alert System received a notification that everyone was to head into the nearest building immediately, turn off all lights, lock the doors, and remain inside until further notice.

This message was sent out through Haskell’s E2 emergency warning system alerting students, staff, and faculty of a potentially dangerous situation.

After roughly half an hour, Haskell officials received word from the Lawrence Police Department that they had made contact with the individual in question on Haskell’s campus and the all-clear was given. Had this been

an actual active shooter, the incident could have resulted in a more serious emergency event. Fortunately for all of us at Haskell, Thursday’s incident did not turn out to be dangerous, but it only serves to emphasize the importance of subscribing to the school’s E2 system.

All of us here at the Indian Leader strongly recommend that all students and employees subscribe to the emergency notification system by going to the website at:

Homecoming Royalty Announced

By Travis Campbell

Haskell Indian Nations University crowned their Fall 2017 Homecoming Royalty with Tanae Le Claire and Jake White as King and Queen, respectively. Le Claire, of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, represented Gamma Delta Pi Sorority, received 45 votes and White of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, represented the H-Club, received 82 of the 161 total votes submitted. Coming in in second place were Summer Powell, Navajo, representing the Dine Club, and Max Tuckfield, Inupiaq, representing the Alaska Club. We would like to extend our thanks to our vote counters:  Leona Azure, Leandra Galindo, Donovan Gee, and Rhonda LeValdo.

The winner of the Homecoming Parade float contest was the Alaska Club with Dine Club coming in second and the Softball Club, third. We would like to extend a special thanks to Steve Prue for assisting with the parade and letting everyone know the winners of the competition.


Dining Off-Campus: Affordable Options for Haskell Students

By Travis Campbell

This semester’s closure of the Grill House has left some students in a bind, looking for lower-cost dining options off-campus. Fortunately, being a college town, Lawrence has several specials throughout the week to suit the needs, and budgets, of practically anyone.

The Burger Stand at the Casbah, located at 803 Massachusetts, offers a late-night special consisting of five dollars for a burger and fries. This special is offered nightly and, while seemingly simple upon first glance, their American Kobe beef and house-cut fries are truly among the best in Lawrence. Another burger special can be found at Set’em Up Jacks at 1800 E. 23rd Street, but is restricted to Monday nights. In addition to this half-price burger special, Set’em Up Jacks menu includes daily specials. A complete listing can be found on their website at:

Tres Mexicanos, located at 1800 E. 23rd Street (In the same strip mall as Set’em Up Jacks) , offers a Taco Tuesday special comprised of 99-cent hard-shell tacos and four soft tacos for $4.99. El Potro, at 3333 Iowa Street, also has a 99-cent taco special, however this is only on Monday nights.

If you should find yourself tiring of burgers and tacos, Jin Shan Chinese Buffet, also conveniently located in the shopping center at 1800 E. 23rd Street, offers a lunch special on Mondays and Wednesdays. Coming in at under $10 per person for an all you can eat buffet, this is undeniably one of the best deals in Lawrence.

For something a little more up-market, Genovese Italian Restaurant at 941 Massachusetts offers a different item for their express lunch special during the week as well as half-price appetizers during their happy hour from 2-5 pm. Also downtown, Bayleaf Indian Restaurant and Bar at 947 New Hampshire, India Palace at 129 E. 10th, and Aladdin Café at 1021 Massachusetts all offer lunch buffets seven days a week.

With low-cost options like these, all located within relatively close proximity to campus, there is something to suit practically any palate.

“Wind River” Movie Review

Chris Talkalai

Wind River is Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut exposing one of the dreadful things that have happened in some Native communities. The movie was released to theatres on August 4. But producers Matthew George, Basil Iwanyk, and Wayne Rogers gave permission to Rebecca Balog, Princella Red Corn, and Rose Quilt to premiere the film to Haskell. Sheridan, who is non-Native, has written “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water”.
Not to give any spoilers but may have been explain in movie trailers, and TV spots for general purposes of the movie. The film tells about a wildlife officer, Cory Lambert, who guns down any vicious animals that harm any animals’ around the area sites. But when he comes across a dead teenage girl in the middle of snow covered wastes, he calls for local authorities. FBI agent, Jane Banner, is the only agent to investigate the scene. While investigating further to find out who’s responsible for the death of the teen girl, Lambert and Banner get into situations that may risk their lives of solving the murder. The film stars, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Kelsey Asbille Chow, Julia Jones, and Graham Greene, in this mystery, violent, drama package.
The film takes place on the Wind River Reservation located in central Wyoming. The social issues that plague the Wind River resemble the adversity many Indigenous nations face. The Wind River Indian Reservation is home of the Eastern Shoshone band also known as Sosori and the Northern Arapaho Tribe.
Haskell Junior, Randy Nagitsy had this to say about the film, “The ending of the film we are left with the startling reality that many cases regarding violence against Indigenous women are unaccounted for. This movie has come during a time of many injustices against Indigenous people. The film had me asking questions of legislative ways we can address this issue in our communities. I love the film for creating a dialogue amongst our communities in addressing the issue at hand. One of my favorite activist whose name is Pamela Palmater, begins this argument by outlining Canadian laws that are discriminative toward First Nations women. This movie has shifted my thinking process in understanding the legislative agenda against our Native American women in the U.S. In my opinion I think Wind River had served its purpose in bringing startling the dialogue on this issue.”
Bottom line, if we lack the problem that address to our Native communities, it could result in missing or murdered tribal members. Most investigation cases of missing Native women, even children, are never solved. Native women are treated unfairly in these matters, and anyone that thinks they can take advantage of them, or think they can be disposed will come across to the consequences. This film highlights the issues that Native women are facing, and premiering this film to Haskell shows the impact of how a situation may occur to any person.

Domestic Violence is NOT our Tradition

By Sean Parrish

The StrongHearts Native Helpline, which is the 1st National Native American Domestic Violence helpline, is a culturally-appropriate, confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. StrongHearts Native advocates visited Haskell Indian Nations University’s campus to educate students and conduct informational presentations in the auditorium on Dating Violence, Two Spirit/Native LGBTQ communities, and the importance of NativeLove.

Mallory Black, communications manager for Stronghearts Helpline

Mallory Black (Diné) is the communications manager for the StrongHearts Native Helpline. When asked what she wanted Haskell University students to learn from these presentations Black stated, “What I hope is that Haskell students feel the support and love that we have for native students across the country, I hold a special place in my heart for native students. Also I hope that if there is a student in a relationship that is experiencing violence or if anyone is concerned about a friend or relative and wants to talk, we really encourage them to reach out to StrongHearts. I want students at Haskell to know we are here for them.”

Bry Smiley, Haskell Senior attended the two day event held at the auditorium

Bry Smiley (DIné): Senior, majoring in Indigenous and American Indian Studies had these thoughts on the “Two-Spirit/LBGQT Communities” presentation,
“It really opened up a new perspective of how I see different forms of bullying that I have heard about, seen, and experienced. I want to bring awareness to the campus about the Two-Spirit community by utilizing my own voice to be a leader for the Two-Spirit natives here on campus. The Two-Spirit community, which is prevalent, has a lack of representation here on campus. It’s, in a sense, ignored and stored away for students, such as myself. I notice the flaws and now it’s time to take those flaws and change it into something that will perhaps blossom or perhaps plant a seed for future students to know about the Two-Spirit community here on campus. “
Smiley is also in the process of establishing a language philosophy dance club called Yíhoo∤áah which means “They are learning”. In this club he will use his Associates of Arts Degree in Diné studies degree to promote the importance of native languages here on campus.
If you are going through relationship problems you can contact Elyse Towey, Victim Assistance Advocate, by calling (785) 832-6626 or by email: or you can also speak with a StrongHearts advocate at no cost by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST when you are ready to reach out.


2nd Annual “EXPERIENCE HASKELL” coming in October

By Sean Parrish

What is “Experience Haskell?” This unique event took shape last year as a way to showcase the amazing students and cultures represented at our University and as a chance to invite the broader Lawrence community to learn about us. Conceived by students and faculty in the Indigenous and American Indian Studies program, it soon grew to include programs and people across campus working with community allies to inspire dialogue, understanding, connections, and friendship.

This year’s event will be held in conjunction with Haskell’s homecoming activities planned for Saturday, October 14, from 10am to 4pm. Many of the activities will be centered in the main part of campus, in the “quad” area between Tommaney Library and Hiawatha Hall, but some will be located in other areas. Watch for flyers around campus and on social media postings. Activities include student panels, tours of campus, art and academic exhibits, student club booths and information, cultural demonstrations, and more. Workshops on storytelling, basketry, pow-wow etiquette, and others will also be happening as part of the larger festivities and events for the day. Students are encouraged to be actively involved, whether as participants or simply observers. It’s your chance to help promote and share your university. Those interested in more information can contact the project director, Dr. Eric Anderson, in IAIS, by e-mail at Hope to see you there!

Saving the Monarch butterfly population One tag at a time

By Sean Parrish

EPA Haskell Tribal Eco-Ambassadors Organization held the 2nd Annual Monarch tagging event on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

The Haskell Organization Waystation program  Kynser Wahwahsuck (Kickapoo), Eco-Ambassador member, stated “We hosted this event to get students involved and excited to tag monarchs! Monarchs are decreasing in numbers due to habitat loss caused by human destruction. The Eco-Ambassadors got a bundle of free milkweed last year and we planted it within our wetlands hoping to attract more butterflies to our campus on their way through Lawrence as they migrate to Central Mexico! This past weekend we tagged 45 monarchs, compared to last year we only tagged 9. ”

Catching the Monarchs

The 20 participants that showed up were educated on how to handle and place a tag, which is a code of three numbers and three letters, onto the underside wing of the butterflies. Then they were given the opportunity to catch, tag, and release the monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) that stopped to feast on flower nectar on their journey down South.

Eco-Ambassadors learned how to tag the butterflies

When they reach their destination in Central Mexico field workers monitor the populations by recording the code on the tag. Around January-March, the information goes to a database on the website, which is an affiliate program with the Kansas Biological Survey, located at the top of the hill, at Kansas University.

A few of the monarchs that were caught and tagged

Special thanks to all the Haskell Tribal EcoAmbassadors who coordinated this event: Dr. Daniel  Wildcat, Dr. Bridgett Chapin, Liz Blackburn, Annalise Guthrie,  Kathy LittleBull, Kynser Wahwahsuck, Ian Gambill, Joseph Zupan, and Josie Muskrat

“IT” Movie Review

by Obadiah Eastman
Stephen Kings IT just recently hit theatres on September 8, 2017. The new movie was a remake of the 1990 two-part TV of the same name. The TV series most notably starred Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown and caused many young viewers to gain a new fear of clowns. Interesting enough, in King’s book the monster that is IT hibernates for 27 years in between its murdero

us rampages that go on for approximately a year. The remake of the clown into film has followed this pattern and was made exactly 27 years after the original TV series. IT doesn’t stop there when it comes to interesting facts though.

In just its opening weekend alone the movie hauled in $123 million breaking a few box records along the way for the month of September. It beat the largest September opening weekend which was set by the film Hotel Transylvania back in 2015 with 48.5 million. It also overcame the biggest opening weekend for a horror movie which was previously set by Paranormal Activity 3 in 2011 with 52.6 million.

In this new adaptation of the book into film Bill Skarsgård now plays the role of Pennywise. Going around campus I was able to ask a few students on what their thoughts of the film were.

Susan Hawkins, a Haskell freshman said, “It was suspenseful, but it wasn’t too scary. A lot of horror films seem to like to go for jump scares, but this one didn’t. Its scariness came from a culmination of constant scary things happening around the main cast. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you want to know what I mean I say go and see it for yourself. I would definitely recommend people to go and watch the movie! I mean, I’m going to watch it again soon.”

Mariah Hicks, a Haskell Junior said, “The movie was pretty great, but disturbing to watch. I mean, who isn’t disturbed by a clown that appears from the sewers and eats children. Overall, I highly recommend the movie. If you don’t mind horror movies go and see this one. I just hope it doesn’t spur the clown sightings to happen again from last year. Where all the creepy clowns were walking around during the day and at night. Now that’s scary.”

Weston Smith, a Haskell Senior said, “It turned out better than I thought it would be. Remakes usually don’t do well. Comparing this one to the original I can’t really say which one is better than the other. They are both equal when it comes to scaring children who will most likely watch it. I would recommend it, because it really does do the old film justice and was done well. The actors and the filming itself really shined together in this film.”

IT is currently playing in theatres everywhere and is definitely a movie you would want to see with family and friends.

Tom SpottedHorse: 27 years of service at Haskell ends

Tom SpottedHorse with current residential assistants and student residential assistants

Tom SpottedHorse started employment at Haskell in 1990 and had his retirement service on September 1st 2017. Along with all those years working at Haskell he has had many memories.

SpottedHorse’s retirement reception began with an honor song. Followed by a few words from Dr. Venida Chenault, Haskell’s current President. SpottedHorse was then gifted with a blanket from the university, and also a pillow from his mother. The reception was finished after SpottedHorse told a story of a night he was working as a Residential Advisor while also finishing his speech with a reassurance he would still be around campus in some way.

When asked what the most rewarding part of working at Haskell was SpottedHorse explained that, “working with students,” was the best aspect of Haskell. SpottedHorse is also a Haskell Alumni and was a boarding school student also. Living in boarding school helped SpottedHorse recognize the importance of housing for students.

Recounting his craziest memory of Haskell SpottedHorse responded that there, “were too many to name.” One individual memory that stood out he said was, “When I used to work nights a big snow storm had come through. There was a large crowd of guys standing out front taunting my OK Hall boys. This was before the age of cell phones but my boys starting running out of all the front entrances, almost at the same time. As they got outside the other boys rained snowballs at them. Well it was on then! More guys came rushing out of OK Hall and started returning fire with their own snowballs. They started chasing them south across campus as they retreated back towards Blalock. There they got more reinforcements, then other dorms joined in. I could hear them yelling from OK Hall as they got louder. The next thing I heard was they were all at Adobe Flats on the other side of the stadium. It sounded like a battle was going on there, with shouting and blood curdling war whoops. I had to check it out so another student  and I walked over there from OK Hall. I swear to this day when we got over there we saw at least 100-150 students in a snowball fight. They were all over Adobe Flats throwing round white snowballs at each other and running all around the Flats. It looked and sounded like the Battle of Little Big Horn. It seemed like the entire school emptied out of their dorms to join in. I went back to my dorm and listened to the battle rage on and on. Finally after a while my boys made it back to the dorm claiming victory with war whoops and raised fists. Indeed, “OK HALL – WHERE LEGENDS ARE MADE”.”  While also expressing that wasn’t the craziest but it was a memory that stood out the most.

Kristen Torres, Senior and niece of Tom SpottedHorse, stated in her academic career that SpottedHorse had “helped me a lot. Whenever I needed help in a situation I knew I could count on him (SpottedHorse) to resolve it.” Torres stated her most memorable moment with SpottedHorse was when, “I found out he was my uncle. I found out when I first came here around spring of 2016. On-the-clock I was just another student to him, but after he’d get off work him and I would get to meet up and catch up. To me it was great having family around when the rest live 5 hours away.”

SpottedHorse explained he’s going to miss the people, students and coworkers, the most. Yet he also understands people retiring happens, but the good thing about it is you get to meet new people as the position gets filled and as the one retiring goes on seeing new aspects of life.

Indian Leader and Haskell News Reporters Recognized at National Journalism Conference

Indian Leader staff, Travis Campbell, and advisor, Rhonda LeValdo, attended the annual Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, California. Indian Leader and Haskell News reporters received twenty awards, roughly ten percent of the total awarded, for articles published during the 2016 school year and LeValdo received two awards for her work in radio.

In addition to attending the Native American Journalism Association (NAJA) luncheon and awards banquet attendees were provided the opportunity to attend a number of panels given by distinguished figures in Native American journalism. Recurring themes among these panels included the importance of establishing and maintaining a Native presence in media production, as well as the importance of speaking out against negative stereotyping.  One of the most memorable panels was Archiving Tribal History in Print and Digital, given by Erin Fehr, archivist at Sequoyah National Research Center and Cynthia Joyce, editor and associate professor at the University of Mississippi. Fehr and Joyce spoke extensively on the importance of preserving contemporary as well as historical narratives both online and in print. Other panels focused on the importance of journalist safety in the field, coverage of LGBTQ issues, and the use of smart phones in reporting.

A highlight of the conference was the NAJA Membership Luncheon Meeting where Tim Giago, formerly of the Lakota Times which he sold and it was rebranded as Indian Country Today, received the Medill Milestone achievement award. Giago was nominated by the NAJA-Medill selection committee for his lifetime of service to journalism and many years of dedication to NAJA as a founder of the organization. He is a lifetime member and the first president of the original Native American Press Association.

The Indian Leader would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Ms. LeValdo and all of our awards recipients on their success and look forward to seeing the greatness that you all accomplish in the future.

The listing of the awards:

Third Place
Shana Lombard
Haskell News, First year at Haskell

TV – Best News Story
First Place
Rustie Anglin
Haskell News, Pre-enrollment issues

Second Place
Terrence Littlejohn
Haskell News, Haskell mascot

Third Place
Rachel Whiteside
Haskell News, Bernie Sanders campaigns in Lawrence

Print / Online
Print / Online – Best Editorial
First Place
Lori Hasselman
Haskell Indian Leader, A student perspective on healing

Second Place
Lori Hasselman
Haskell Indian Leader, The Invisible Student

Third Place
Rachel Whiteside
Haskell Indian Leader, Millennials have a voice to make a difference

Print / Online – Best Sports Story
First Place
Keiton Guess
Haskell Indian Leader, Punching the Big Ticket

Second Place
Reid Williams
Haskell Indian Leader, Haskell Men’s and Women’s Basketball Preview

Print / Online – Best Feature Photo
First Place
Shana Lombard
Haskell Indian Leader, Haskell alumna protests on the street to get the attention of local citizens

Print / Online – Best Feature Story
First Place
Lori Hasselman
Haskell Indian Leader, AIHEC club prepares for student conference

Second Place
Chelsea Jenkins
Haskell Indian Leader, Haskell students keeping traditional art forms alive

Third Place
Lori Hasselman
Haskell Indian Leader, Indigenous People’s Climate Change Working Group

Print / Online – Best News Photo
First Place
Shana Lombard
Haskell Indian Leader, Haskell Stands with Standing Rock

Second Place
Michael Begay
Haskell Indian Leader, Supaman comes to Haskell

Third Place
Reid Williams
Haskell Indian Leader, Haskell sends the ball over the net

Print / Online – Best News Story
First Place
Lori Hasselman
Haskell Indian Leader, Haskell artists heat up community climate change event”

Second Place
Rustie Anglin
Haskell Indian Leader, Educating Native students

Third Place
Chelsea Jenkins
Haskell Indian Leader, Native Americans more prominent focus in Election 2016

General Excellence in Student Coverage
Haskell Indian Leader

Roof on Hiawatha Hall finally being repaired

By Allen Stephenson

Renovations to the roof at Hiawatha Hall took place this week.  The historic building originally served as a chapel and auditorium when it was built in 1898. Since then, it’s been re-purposed many times, acting as the girl’s gymnasium and even a theater. Hiawatha Hall fell into disrepair sometime around 2005 according to Haskell records, due to water damage and mold issues. It is also missing its church bell and no one knows where it is at. Hiawatha also boast a swimming pool in the basement.   Skyline Roofing is the contractor for the job.

Hiawatha was named for the Onondaga leader and great orator who helped influence the formation of the Iroquois League in the New York area in the late 1500’s. The National Historic Registry has requested that Hiawatha be a permanent building on campus

While the story of Haskell is varied and diverse, it is uplifting to see the restorative beginnings to a beautiful and legendary piece of history and architecture on campus.  Are you excited about restoring Hiawatha Hall?  Let us know and as always Onward Haskell.

Workers from Skyline Roofing are fixing the holes in Hiawatha Hall. Photo by Travis Campbell

Tribal College Journal Seeks Tribal Student Blogger for Paid Position

As part of its growing online presence, Tribal College Journal will launch a new, bi-monthly student blog beginning in October 2017. All students currently enrolled at a tribal college or university who are interested in authoring the blog are eligible to apply.

Applicants must complete a short application form and submit a 500-word, blog-entry writing sample. All applications must be emailed to by September 24, 2017. TCJ will review applications, conduct interviews, and select a blogger by September 29, 2017. The writing sample, will serve as the selected blogger’s first blog entry. blogger will receive a monthly stipend of $100 ($50 per blog entry). All blogs should be between 400-500 words and be accompanied with an image. The blogger will submit the first monthly blog entry no later than the 1st of each month. The second monthly blog will be submitted by the 15th. The blog will run from October to May, 2018.

Application Deadline: September 24, 2017
TCJ Final Selection of Blogger: September 29, 2017
First Blog Entry Due Date: October 1, 2017.

For more information and a copy of the application form, email