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HINU SP20 Convocation

February 12, 2020 - 11:32pm

Be engaged — Convocation speaker and Haskell Indian Nations University Alumni, Mr. Leroy “Buster” Silva, brought students and faculty to their feet delivering a message to engage with your friends and neighbors here at Haskell. Silva started his Haskell journey through the encouragement of his family and community to go and play basketball. That journey was made possible through the connections he made along the way. Silva arrived at the airport in Kansas City not knowing how he was going to get to Haskell, but a stranger noticed him and saw him already as part of the Haskell community and offered to give him a ride. That was a start to a shift in his attitude that Haskell was more than an outlet for him to pursue sports, but it was a connection that led him to be the person he is today and impactful in the work he does. His message is encouraging to students, that through the activities he had students and staff engage in throughout his talk, they were building a community, fostering connections and that those will help you succeed. This is the magic of Haskell: the Haskell community.

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Haskell Visited by Chaney

February 12, 2020 - 11:30pm

A Night with Chris Chaney — Haskell’s event welcoming Chris Chaney, Senior Counsel for Law Enforcement and Information Sharing, part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice brought students and community in to discuss national crime information, including the Tribal Access Program (TAP). The event promised knowledge, door prizes and pizza.

Chaney, an enrolled member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, said I consider it an honor to be here, and I want to thank Haskell Indian Nations University for asking me to come out. I want to encourage students to pursue law. I also want them to understand that law affects everyday lives and a career in law can help both communities and people.

Junior Laravie, a Haskell student, was part of the group honoring Chaney with a song. Laravie said “I respect where he’s at and what he’s trying to do and the task force he’s trying to establish. That’s good. We need people like that in there that are validating our voice and giving strength to our people.” Laravie also said he thinks that “ultimately the solutions are going to have to come from us… where we come from and then here at Haskell.”

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New Beginnings

February 12, 2020 - 11:28pm

Orientation for Haskell Indian Nations University’s new, transfer, and returning students was a successful turn out. Workshops ranging from advice panels, class scheduling and a lot more were taking place over the five days before the official start of classes. Students were settling in, taking care of logistics and finalizing personal affairs, but there were also opportunities for engagement with other students. Familiarizing themselves with their peers allows new students to feel comfortable. Group activities were created for this specific reason. Game night, dodge ball, icebreakers, and a trip to Main Event were just some of the many ways students had the chance to really understand that they have now entered the Haskell family. Thanks to our Haskell’s faculty, staff and student ambassadors, Haskell welcomed 105 students that started their journey here for their spring 2020 semester. To our new, transfer, and returning students, have a wonderful and successful semester filled with excitement, accomplishments and growth; onward Haskell and make sure to go to class!

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“Main” Problems

February 12, 2020 - 11:26pm

Haskell Indian Nations University’s plumbing requires the water main for the entire campus to be turned off when working on a single building’s plumbing. This weekend, attempts to fix plumbing in Navarre Hall required a projected two hour window for repairs. The reality was that campus water was shut off until 12 pm., 3 hours past the 7 am – 9 am window.

Curtis Hall, the student cafeteria, could only provide a partial menu that morning, without water they couldn’t make gravy or wash dishes. This impacted their cooks and bakers. Students were given disposable plates, cups, and cutlery to cut down on backed up dishes as well as an assortment of bottled beverages since the beverage dispensers weren’t working.

What worried students the most was their inability to shower, and after the first few visits, not having access to a clean toilet. Students were actively checking water taps to see if the water had been restored. It was a literal relief for some when they were.

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AIHEC Uproar

February 12, 2020 - 11:24pm

Students in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Club were upset with Haskell’s Administration. This club’s focus is “to prepare Haskell students to participate and or compete in American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s Annual Student Conference”. The club’s order of operations includes eligibility and requirements for attending AIHEC. Years prior, AIHEC Club sponsors selected active club members to take to AIHEC conferences; the club perceived that this year Haskell’s administration was removing the club’s ability to self elect participants and was making student selections outside of the club regardless of active club participation.

AIHEC Club members were disappointed. Many members who have been active participants and involved in previous semesters and leadership of the club were concerned they would be excluded from the list of approved students.

The AIHEC Club reached out to Jim Rains, PhD., expressing their concerns in a letter. The main points in the letter were that the club disagreed with excluding students based on academic probation that didn’t factor in their cumulative grade point average, that active AIHEC members were not prioritized, and that  AIHEC Club’s coaches were limited in the decision making. The AIHEC Club also felt that the unspoken attitude spurring these changes stemmed from an expectation for Haskell to bring back trophies.

A preliminary list of approved student participants was sent out to prospective conference attendants that echoed the concerns of the club; it excluded many active members and included students who were not part of the campus organization.

Concerns from students necessitated further meetings with administration. The results of the talks created explicit outlines for student selection. Students would be required to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA as well as good social standing; considerations would be made for active AIHEC Club members and students at sophomore status or above.

When pressed with questions, the administration defaulted and answered that all misunderstandings were taken care of at the meeting which allowed for previously excluded AIHEC Club members to be considered for the final student selection.

Daniel Wildcat, PhD., acting President, said “…we are attempting to make sure we have the broadest student and university participation possible in as many competitions as possible. I have full confidence that the process and determination of student participation will be fair. We should expect nothing less. We do appreciate the AIHEC student club participation and are thankful for their enthusiasm”.

What was not answered were questions regarding the legitimacy of the Student Government Association approving the sanctioning packet that included AIHEC’s policies alluding to their authority to organize and oversee Haskell student participation at the AIHEC Student Conferences. This raises the question of whether the student government has the authority to delegate to a student organization the authority to oversee student interests when funding is provided by the administration who is wanting the most bang for its buck.

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Red Racism

February 12, 2020 - 11:22pm

Red racism is more than just a football game — it’s systemic and the attitudes of professional sports teams and fans are an indicator of disproportionate racial issues Native Americans face outside of the stadium.

According to the National Congress of American Indians’ website, the NCAI has been fighting against the use of “Indian” mascots since it launched its campaign efforts in 1968. Fifty-two years later, tensions are still high between Native American communities and Kansas City’s football franchise who just won the Super Bowl — fans were dressed in insulting costumes, including redface, and participating in demeaning behavior. Celebrating a win they’ve been waiting 50 years for, while we’re still waiting for ours…

The NCAI has seen the bigger picture surrounding mascots, something few fans are willing to see now. The publication Touchdown Wire credits fans saying: “…[they] have no issue with [the] controversial ‘Arrowhead chop’.” These fans fail to grasp that this single action is just part of a larger problem with Native Americans being negatively stereotyped, being dehumanized, and having culturally significant items and customs appropriated. This affects Native American communities in very measurable ways.

Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips reported for the Center for American Progress that stereotypes created by these mascots create hostile environments for Native American children and these mascots negatively affect their self-esteem and mental health. Their article “Missing the Point” credits suicide as “…the second leading cause of death for [Native American] youth ages 15 to 24 — a rate that is 2.5 times higher than the national average.” This is the highest rate among all ethnic groups according to the NCAI.

These mascots are also affecting non-native students. Stegman and Phillips say that mascots create cultural bias from these derogatory and stereotyped images representing Native Americans; this affects views of Native Americans both past and present and affects students’ education surrounding Native People. This warping of historical contexts grows up from a playground prejudice to prejudice being fought in the courts, in the workplace, in the stadiums, and in the streets. Natives are the last race to still receive this type of overt racism in sports and it shows in racial statistics.

While racial disparities show up across the board, the most significant statistics are those relating to public safety. Public safety problems are largely caused by non-natives, a direct result of prejudice coming out of the stereotypes and dehumanization of Native people.

  • Native Americans have a higher rate of death among police shootings than any other race according to CNN.
  • Counties, consisting of a majority of Native land and subject to federal jurisdiction for homicide, are reported by the Department of Justice to have rates for homicides of Native American women up to 10 times higher than the national average.
  • The DOJ’s 2008 report says Native American women are “significantly more likely to experience rape in their lifetime” at rates higher than both White and African American women.
  • According to a 2016 report from Urban Indian Health Institute, only 0.02% of reported cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls were logged into the DOJ system.

All acts of red racism are significant.

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2020 Career Fair

February 12, 2020 - 11:18pm

Over 30 businesses and organizations made an appearance at the 2020 Haskell Career Fair. The event included raffles, a resume contest, and a best-dressed contest. The booth setups contained a wide variety of occupations and organizations that gained student interest.

One booth had a message that both graduates and undergraduates could appreciate. Kathryn Holler, Ph.D.; Director of Community Engagement and Diversity Outreach for Harvard University, wanted to tell students, “You shouldn’t let your financial situation dictate your dreams.” The lesson is that there is funding to provide education to Native students.

Havard’s endowment income goes directly to student financial aid which can provide a full-ride scholarship, including housing, for Native students accepted to Harvard for their undergraduate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Harvard offers extensive other financial aid options for Native Students, this also includes a graduate program that pays Native students in Science and Engineering. That’s ”pays students”, not just having tuition paid for! Harvard has also come out with a law school scholarship and many of the other discipline schools offer their own forms of financial assistance.

The career fair offered many options for students to start their next steps or begin dreaming of the future — a future that doesn’t need to be limited to what they can pay for today because there are options out there for them!

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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.