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Outstanding Alumnus pick has a history of sexual harassment

April 11, 2019 - 11:03pm

On Wednesday, April 10, the Haskell Alumni Association announced through their Facebook page their selection of Russell Bradley, of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, for Outstanding Alumnus of 2019. In September of 2018, Bradley was removed from his position on the Kickapoo Tribal Council for “a breach of fiduciary duty” and “sexual harassment” according to a news release obtained by MSC News.

According to the Haskell Alumni Association’s press release, Bradley will be honored at a reception May 9th, and invited to speak at the Haskell Commencement Ceremony on May 10th.

Bradley graduated from Haskell in 1962 and went on to serve on the Haskell Board of Regents and the Kickapoo Tribal Council.

The Indian Leader reached out to the Haskell Alumni Association for comment and haven’t yet received a response.

This story will be updated.


Mekko Film Review and Director highlight

March 28, 2019 - 3:03pm

by Kayla Bointy

Cast: Rod Rondeaux, Sarah Podemski, Zahn Mclarnon

Director: Sterlin Harjo

Mekko is a thriller and a must see, infused with Muskogee tradition and folklore mixed with modern street life. Mekko tells the tale of a man recently released from prison after 19 years. He finds camaraderie with a community of homeless natives living in Tulsa. We follow him through his journey on the street, as he struggles with his past and the spiritual elements that follow him.

Native Filmmaker Highlight

Sterlin Harjo is a Seminole and Muscogee filmmaker from Holdenville, Okla. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he majored in film and art. He is a founding member of the five member Native American comedy group, The 1491s.

He has directed three feature length films; Four Sheets to the Wind (2007), Barking Water (2009) and, Mekko (2014). In addition, he directed a feature length documentary This May Be the Last Time (2014) as well as other short films, projects, and a play.

In his films he shares his stories often set in Oklahoma and surrounded by his own Muscogee Creek and Seminole heritage, often narrated in the Mvskoke language.

Haskell Spring Film Festival

March 28, 2019 - 1:47pm

by Dacotah Hasvold

Haskell Film Club, along with Thunderbird Theater, will host the Haskell Spring Film Festival. The event will take place in the Haskell auditorium on March 29th at 7pm. The festival will feature five short films made by Haskell students:

  • ‘Did Anything Wrong’ produced and directed by Michael Begay, written by Kriss Velvet.
  • ‘Whistle Critters’ written and directed by Obadiah Eastman.
  • ‘Beyond The Fear’ directed by Joe Singh.
  • Lemon Meringue’ written and directed by Joe Singh.
  • ‘The Buyer’ written and directed by Kriss Velvet.
  • ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ directed by Dacotah Hasvold

Kriss Velvet, the Haskell filmmaker that organized the event, said the idea behind the festival was to give Haskell students an outlet to create and showcase their art.

Originally founded in 1974, Thunderbird Theater’s goal is “to provide Native American theatre to both Native and non-Native audiences and to initiate the training of Native American theatre professionals.”

Most recently, Thunderbird put on the Haskell haunted house, the making of which is documented in the short film, ‘Beyond The Fear’ by Joe Singh. Singh’s other contribution to the festival, ‘Lemon Meringue’ is a well-crafted, surreal tale that was inspired by a dream. As far as where his inspiration comes from, he said, “At the core of what I create is a desire to show the world from my point of view. We manifest when we create. We turn a random thought or feeling into an idea that moves us, and it grows into reality. I love the idea of inspiring and experiencing through creation.”

The Haskell Spring Film Festival is free and open to the public. Popcorn and drinks will be available. For more information contact Kriss at

Haskell in Mourning

March 7, 2019 - 12:07am

Kayla Bointy

ROE CLOUD HALL- Haskell Indian Nations University has come together with heavy hearts. We have lost one of our own. Acting President Dr. Dan Wildcat, Vice President of University Services Tonia Salvini, and an officer from the Lawrence Police Department called a dorm meeting at Roe Cloud Hall tonight regarding the passing of Darrian Diwayan. Dr. Wildcat addressed those in attendance.

“Campus is in mourning, it is a great tragedy to lose a family member. That’s was Haskell is, a family. During times like this we stay strong and come together. I have spoken with her family and have expressed our deepest condolences on behalf of the university. Right now, students are organizing something in remembrance of Darrian. With the help of facilities, a fire will be built on front of the auditorium as soon as possible “

The LPD officer took the time to stay and help answer any questions students might have and offered his prayers and condolences to family and friends. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the second-floor lobby of Roe Cloud to offer their support.

Rooms on the first and second floor of Roe Cloud have been open for students who need support to come and talk to counselors from Haskell and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. The smudge and mediation rooms are also available to students who wish to use them. Any Haskell student who needs support or just needs to talk to can make an appointment at the Haskell Indian Health Center by calling (785) 843-3750.

“No matter what you are going through, what you are struggling with, Do not be afraid to reach out for help. You are important. You are loved. We are family and we are hurting. Our hearts go out to the family.” said Student Senate President Lindsey Robinson.

Stay strong Haskell family.
AHO- Kayla Bointy


Indian Leader Vol.122 Issue 3

March 6, 2019 - 4:09pm

Dr. Venida Chenault No Longer President of Haskell

March 5, 2019 - 5:54pm

HASKELL AUDITORIUM—In a meeting of Haskell Indian Nations University employees Tuesday afternoon, Jackie Shamblin from the Bureau of Indian Education human resources department announced that Dr. Venida Chenault (Prairie Band Potawatomi) has accepted an upper-level management position within the Bureau of Indian Education and will no longer be president of Haskell Indian Nations University. Shamblin stressed that Dr. Chenault’s departure had nothing to do with the Office of the Inspector General’s investigation.

In November of 2018, the office of the president was temporarily handed over to longtime Haskell professor and administrator Dr. Daniel Wildcat as Dr. Chenault was placed on special assignment for the BIE. In January of 2019 Dr. Chenault’s leave was extended another 60 days.

Dr. Chenault’s tenure as president of Haskell Indian Nations University was announced in 2014 after she served as vice president of academic affairs since 2004. During her time as president she has increased student retention and built relationships between Haskell and other local, state, and federal organizations. She was president of Haskell during the controversial budget cuts to the athletic program which indefinitely suspended the Haskell’s football team.

Dr. Chenault served in multiple positions at Haskell for more than 25 years as both an instructor, advisor, and administrator. She has deep roots in the Lawrence community and attended both Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas where she received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate. In 2016 she was inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame as one of a group of “awe-inspiring role models.”

With the resignation of Dr. Chenault, the future of the office of the president is currently unknown. It is the responsibility of the director of the BIE to appoint Haskell’s president.


My Day with Jack Black

March 4, 2019 - 11:41am


In the summer of 2010 my casting agency, On Location Casting, booked me on an unnamed project that was filming in Bastrop, Texas.  I was cast as a criminal and later a prisoner.  Upon arriving to the location, which was a high school that was redesigned to be a prison, I was told Jack Black was on the set and that I would be working with him.  I was excited because I, like many people, know Jack Black’s work as an actor from movies like Tropic Thunder, Nacho Libre, and Peter Jackson’s King Kong.  I enjoyed him as a musician as half of the rock duo Tenacious D.  Jack was cast as the lead role in a story about a benevolent community man driven to madness to by an elderly woman in his community and ultimately murdering her.  The film was called Bernie.  

Initially, when I arrived on set I was sent to wardrobe.  I was given a white jumpsuit with random numbers on the back, designating my pretend status as a prisoner.  There was no need for make up as I was cast as an extra, which is essentially a background actor.  Examples of an extra are people on the street, dining in a restaurant, or walking through a park.  Extras fill up the background and add a layer of dimension to the suspension of disbelief that is present in any good film.  If you have certain qualities and the director likes you, one can be elevated to the status of featured extra.  A featured extra is paid more and usually gets more screen time.  Examples of featured extras are waiters, cab drivers, and clerks.  Being a featured extra is exciting because there is more of a chance of seeing yourself in the finished film.  I anxiously walked into our makeshift prison surroundings and looked for the star.

I was told no phones or pictures were allowed on set.  As a professional, I strictly adhered to the rules of the director, Richard Linklater.  Linklater had made films like Dazed and Confused, Waking life, and A Scanner Darkly.  I knew his work and watched him as he gave orders to the film crew with authority and professionalism.  Then Jack Black walked into the room.  He was wearing the same white jumpsuit as all of us extras and proceeded to shake all of our hands.  I watched him joke and goof around in real life as he does in his movies.  There was no difference!  When the camera wasn’t rolling he was socializing with the crew.  When we heard “Action!” I saw him switch into character.

During one of our breaks I walked up to Jack Black and introduced myself.  I addressed him as “Mr. Black”, to which he quickly corrected me and told me to call him Jack.  I felt so cool.  I told him how much I like his band Tenacious D.  He asked me enthusiastically if I thought they rocked!  I laughed and agreed they did in fact rock hard which pleased him. I sat next to him as he played on his phone and in that moment I could not help but wonder what phone numbers he had in that phone.  Which A-listers were a button push away for this top-tier talent?  The crew had finished resetting the scene and we were under the lights once again.  The camera slowly panned over each of our faces, eventually landing on Jack so he could deliver his lines for the scene.  To take part in the making of movie magic is truly an exhilarating experience.  We shot, reset, and shot some more. For eight hours we joked, conversed, and relaxed as a cast with Jack right there with us.  At one point one of the extras snuck a phone onto the set and asked Jack for a picture with him.  I watched this transaction and thought it amateur, and that Jack might be offended at the request.  To the contrary Jack told the man to wait until the director was not looking and he would gladly do it.  When the director shouted “Cut!” Jack and the man snuck behind a wall and began to take “selfies”.  I was jealous and resented that I had been so professional, but that’s show business baby.

At the end of the shoot I said goodbye to Jack and gave him a hug.  He was truly a joy to work with.  He was as real, friendly, and accompanying as you could want.  I left the set and boarded the transportation shuttle.  As we drove away, I thought to myself that my favorite place in the whole world was a film set.  I shed a tear.  I would never forget my time with Jack and that for a day, a celebrity like him and an unknown like me were co-workers, peers, and friends.  The following week I came back to “Bernie” as a criminal and spent an eventful day filming a scene with the mythic and mystical Matthew McConaughey, but that is a story for another article.


Student(s) of the Year

March 4, 2019 - 3:17am
Haskell Student of the Year Photo courtesy of Haskell Indian Nations University

Haskell Indian Nations University is proud to announce the 2019 Haskell Student of the Year, RaeLynn King from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Ms. King is a senior at Haskell, and will graduate this spring with her bachelor’s in Business Administration. She has demonstrated academic excellence through her four years at Haskell by consistently making the President’s List.

In October of 2018, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development presented her with the Lockheed Martin Native American Business Scholarship for her academic excellence, and commitment to her community.

She has been involved with the regional, and national, community by working a summer internship in 2018 with the companies Travois and Tepa in Kansas City. This internship gave her a chance to work directly with tribal communities, and gain a deeper understanding of her major. She was also a part of the Haskell Off-Campus club throughout 2018.

In addition to being a full-time student at Haskell, Ms. King works on the Haskell campus at the Bursar’s Office and in the local Lawrence community.

Please join us in congratulating RayLynn on her accomplishments, and bright future she has ahead!

AICF Student of the Year Photo courtesy of Haskell Indian Nations University

Haskell Indian Nations University is proud to announce the 2019 American Indian College Fund Student of the Year Lena MacDonald from Wasilla, Alaska. She is Athabaskan and a member of the Healy Lake tribe. 

Ms. MacDonald is a junior at Haskell, enrolled in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She graduated with her AA in Liberal Arts in December, and is now pursuing her Bachelors. 

Her academic excellence at Haskell is shown by consistently making the President’s Honor Roll the last four semesters. Lena works at the library on campus and has been involved with Haskell’s Thunderbird Theater. 

In high school she volunteered at Snowshoe Elementary School as a teacher’s helper. Other volunteer activities include: Cystic Fibrosis Craft Fair, Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue, BPA Spaghetti Feed & Silent Auction and Mat-su Career & Tech High School Fall Bazaar.


Native Graphic Novelists to visit Haskell

March 1, 2019 - 8:43am

by Dacotah Hasvold

Haskell students will soon get the opportunity to meet acclaimed Native American graphic novelists, Arigon Starr, and Dale Deforest. Starr is the author of ‘Super Indian,’ a story that follows the adventures of a man who gains superpowers after eating commodity cheese that has been tainted with the experimental element Rezium. Deforest’s ‘Hero Twins’ is an epic tale inspired by the Dine creation story. Both titles are available for checkout at the Haskell Library (Tomanney Hall).

When asked about the process of booking accomplished Native American artists and guest speakers, Library Director Carrie Cornelius said, “When I was a student at Haskell, I saw our writers and political warriors as rock stars. I enjoy trying to meet our artists and find personalities that would inspire our students…Our students now are all experts in something. Each has a unique voice and story that needs to be told. I hope our guests to Haskell may mentor our students on how to become published”. 

In the past year, the films ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Aquaman’, both based on graphic novels, each earned over a billion dollars at the box office. Inspired by the cultural phenomenon surrounding the recent boom of comic/graphic novel inspired media, Professor Joseph Rodriguez’s aptly named “Comics and Graphic Novels” class focuses on the origins of the superhero genre as well as the lesser known forms of the medium including autobiographical, non-fiction and westerns. Students of Professor Rodriguez’s class may already be familiar with Starr’s ‘Super Indian’ as it is required reading. 

Dale Deforest will speak Friday, March 1st at Tomanney Hall from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, followed by an interactive workshop from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.Arigon Starr will speak Tuesday, April 4th from 2:30pm to 3:35pm. She will then conduct an interactive workshop on Wednesday, April 5th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Professor Rodriguez hosts a Marvel Movie night at Ross Hall every wednesday at 6:00pm. 

Student Job Openings! – February 2019

February 25, 2019 - 2:51pm
Photo courtesy of Haskell Indian Nations University

Job opening information courtesy of the Haskell Financial Aid office.
Information current as of 2/25/2019.

Please contact individual departments for 

Openings Overview:
  • Student Worker – Vice-President of University Services (VPUS) Office: 1 position
  • Tutor – Boy’s & Girls Club: 1 position
  • Student Assistant – Bursar Office: 1 position
  • Tutor(s) – Student Success Center: 4 positions
  • Office Assistant – Financial Aid Office: 1 position
  • Food Service Worker – Curtis Hall: 3 positions
  • Switchboard Operator – IT Department: 1 position
  • Tribal Student Technology – IT Department: 4-6 positions
  • Administrative Assistant – Professional Schools: 1 position
  • Administrative Assistant – Haskell Foundation: 1 position

Job Title:
Student Worker/ Assistant to VPUS Office
Lenora Goombi
(785) 830-2753
Positions Available:
Job Description:
Looking for person of integrity, knowledge in confidentiality and privacy of others, respectful to authority. Occasionally will be asked to do light housekeeping, gar-dening, moving of small office equipment and food setup for meetings, etc.
Skilled in computers, PowerPoint, Excel, Word etc. Must be skilled in variety of small electronics in the office. Must be skilled in working with the public, over the phone and in person. Skilled in filing, making folders, and variety of filing systems
Time & Days Needed:
Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm. Will need to work 2 hours or more a day.

Job Title:
Boys & Girls Club
Carlene Morris
(785) 749– 8486
Positions Available:
Job Description:
Tutor in Math &/or Reading for Elementary aged children. Will help small groups of students with their daily homework. Will work at off campus location.
Must be a good role model and leader. Must be willing to engage students and encourage a desire for learning. (Must be Pell eligible).
Time & Days Needed:
Monday thru Friday 3pm– 6pm

Job Title:
Student Office Assistant
Bursar Office
Jeri Sledd
(785) 749-8435
Steve Byington
(785) 830-2780
Job Description:
 Explaining and support all Bursar Office policies
 Provide customer service at front window and provide information to all students and visitors
 Maintain filing system
 Assist in time-stamping documents
 fax and photocopy documents
 Will assist in data entry of Work Study Excel File.
 Will assist in correcting and adjusting timesheets
 Alphabetize documents into labeled folders.
 Submit Copy Request to mail room
 Handle cash transactions at window and providing receipts and documentation of cash received.
 Assist with disbursement of Pell, Work Study, SEOG, AICF and Tribal Scholarships to students.
 Sending out notices to students via email, mailbox notice or phone calls as directed by the supervisor.
 Answer and screen telephone calls and write down messages for department. Transfer phone calls to appropriate personnel.
 Customer service experience
 Strong communication skills in verbal communication with supervisor or, staff members and students.
 Self-motivated to complete job task without direction.
 Must have entry level experience, with Microsoft Word, Excel.
 Preferred accounting skills, or must have knowledge of adding and subtracting
 Must be able to type 40 WPM
 Possess ability to multi-task and prioritize job task.
 Attention to detail and problem solving skills.
 May be required to lift up to 30 lbs.
 Legible penmanship
 Must exhibit, demonstrate and maintain positive attitude
 Must be able to collaborate and teamwork with others
 Dependable, organized and responsible.
Time & Days Needed:
4 block hours needed
Monday- Friday

Job Title:
Student Success Center
Laura Rice
(785) 749-8404
Positions Available:
Job Description:
Student worker shall provide supplementary academic support for HINU students.
 Math Tutor: Up to College Algebra
 Math Tutor: Up to Calculus
 Business Math Tutor: Including ECON201/202, Business Statistics, & Business Calculus
 General Tutor: ENGL courses, General Education requirement classes
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA required, 3.4+ preferred.
Must be able to maintain weekly schedule with minimal cancellations as student body will look to the published tutoring schedule to locate tutors at specific dates/times. Interpersonal skills, patience, and integrity a must.
Time & Days Needed:
Monday thru Friday 8am– 5pm
Open availability with supervisor approval. Possibly including weekends. of Student Needed

Job Title:
Student Office Assistant
Financial Aid Office
Carlene Morris
(785) 749– 8486
Positions Available:
Job Description:
Must be skilled in a variety of software including but not limited to: Microsoft, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc. Must be skilled in organization, filing, answering phones, communication and writing messages. Will need to engage in greeting visitors of all ages and working with staff in and around office needs.
We are looking for an off-campus student who is professional, courteous, works independently, honest, detail-oriented, a quick learner, organized and be able to multi-task.
(Must be Pell eligible)
Time & Days Needed:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays preferred.
8am — 5pm

Job Title:
Food Service Worker
Curtis Hall
Barbara Stumbling Bear
(785) 830-2711
Positions Available:
Job Description:
Will work in several different areas of the Food Service Department: Pot and Pan Cleaning area, Washing dishes in the Dish Room Area, Serving Line, Salad Preparation area, Bakery Assistant and Stocking the storage room.
Must be able to follow directions, communicate effectively, and be professional. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs and stand on feet for entire shift. Need to have knowledge of simple sanitation.
Time & Days Needed:
Sunday thru Saturday 6:30am – 7:30pm

Job Title:
Switchboard Operator
IT Department
Josh Arce
(785) 749-8482
Positions Available:
Job Description:
This person will be required to answer all incoming calls, route them to the appropriate office, and answer general questions about the university, activities, and offices.
This is often the first voice from the University that a person hears, and it is critically important to route the calls accurately, and efficiently by having a broad understanding of university operations.
Additionally, this person greets all people coming into the OCIO area. They must have an overall friendly disposition and be willing to help answer questions
No minimum skills required; however, experience in customer service is a plus.
Time & Days Needed:
Monday thru Friday 8am– 5PM

Job Title:
Tribal Student Technology
IT Department
Josh Arce
(785) 749-8482
Positions Available:
Job Description:
The TST program serves a vital role to our campus and performs front-line helpdesk assistance. They are key in troubleshooting techniques, and enhancing the college experience by creating a work environment that is fun, challenging, and “hands-on” learning.
Information technology (IT) experience recommended but not required. Must be open to hands-on learning. Some physical labor is required and must be able to lift at least 50lbs .
Time & Days Needed:
Monday thru Friday 8am– 5PM

Job Title:
Student Administrative Assistant
Professional Schools
Ellen Jefferson-McKinney
(785) 749-8402 (morning)
(785) 749-8426 (afternoon)
Positions Available:
Job Description:
Expected to assist with office automation and all clerical aspects within all departments of the professional schools (School of Business, School of Education and Health, Sport and Exercise Science). As such, the student worker may be required to work from Blue Eagle and/or Parker Hall.
Basic office automation skills would include: the ability to operate a computer by corresponding by email, ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel, Access to create charts, graphs and database, and the ability to use a scanner to scan documents.
If a potential student worker possess some of the skills that’s a plus however we are willing to train.
Student must be professional, courteous, works independently, honest, detail-oriented, a quick learner, organized and be able to multi-task. If a potential student worker possess some of the skills that’s a plus however we would train.
Time & Days Needed:
We will work with the student worker on their availability, however, we are only open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Job Title:
Student Office Assistant
Haskell Foundation
Aaron Hove
Cleta La Brie
(785) 749-8425
Positions Available:
Job Description:
The student would be supervised on a daily basis by either or both Aaron Hove, Executive Director, and Cleta La Brie, Development Director, of the Haskell Foundation. Supervision would include a discussion of assigned duties for clarity on expectations, any needs of the student for successful completion of an assignment; and feedback from the student on the progress and completion of the assigned projects, including issues and problems encountered during the process of assignment completion.
The Foundation will likely educate the student on basic small business accounting and related business practices, and possibly involve the intern on performing some of these basic accounting processes that are performed by the Foundation on a nearly daily basis.
The student may also be asked to perform web-based inquiries into potential donors. Other projects may include grant-writing assistance or other research.
Must be skilled in variety of small electronics in the office. Comfortable working with the public, over the phone and in person a plus. Familiarity with a variety of software. Skilled in organization, filing, answering phones, communication and writing messages.
(Must be Pell eligible).
Time & Days Needed:
Monday thru Friday 8am– 5pm


Haskell Spring 2019 Welcome Back Powwow

February 23, 2019 - 2:14pm


COFFIN COMPLEX— Haskell’s 2019 Welcome Back Powwow was held this Saturday; Feb., 9, 2019. The event was an exciting start to the Spring 2019 semester.

Artists and food vendors line the perimeter of the complex selling items such as beaded jewelry, ribbon skirts, tshirts, homemade soap, and make extravagant items and food.

Present at the event were many native royalties and title holders including 2018-2019 Miss Haskell; Ahnawake Toyekoyah and 2018- 2019 Haskell Brave; Troy Watterson. The event participants and spectators ranged all ages from infants to elders. Some of the first dance categories were tiny tots, men’s 50+ and women’s 50+. The other categories included junior boys, junior girls, women’s jingle dress, women’s northern traditional, women’s southern traditional, women’s fancy dance, men’s northern and southern traditional, men’s grass dance, men’s fancy dance.

During the Powwow was a giveaway event for the Haskell students. Prizes such as instant ramen, laundry soap, and t-shirts were spread across the dance floor. Students were gathered into a ring around the prizes and when told they all rushed to gather whatever prizes they had their eye on. The HINU Welcome Back Powwow is great fun for everyone.

Haskell Brave Troy Watterson says “The Welcome Back Pow Wow is a great event that is continuing to grow bigger with each passing semester. I always enjoy seeing friends that travel far to join the celebrations here at Haskell.”

Make sure to attend next semester’s Welcome Back Pow Wow and experience the fun for yourself.


Things to do at Haskell besides drugs and alcohol

February 23, 2019 - 2:07pm


Haskell Indian Nations University is often stereotyped as a “party school”. But there are many different options and activities you can do rather than going out and drinking.

Activities such as; working out at the Thorpe gym, learning a new skill, or finding new music are great ways to keep the mind occupied. Elias Her Many Horses, Haskell student, who is pursuing the Environmental Science degree states that he loves to go out to Tecumseh and play basketball with his friends. In addition he also enjoys drumming and Grass dancing. Her Many Horses stated that he knows when his friends partying may be getting out of hand, “it is when they stop coming to class and being as social.”

One of our head Resident Advisors; Jane Lanham (Seminole) knows that addiction and alcoholism has been prevalent throughout Native American history for generations. She suggests to get out of the dorm room and explore places like downtown Mass street which is filled with restaurants and other interesting places. She continued to say that even volunteering at homeless shelters would help. “It may sound boring, but if you think you’re in a bad situation seeing other people who are worse off really gives you a good perception on your own troubles.” Lanham is also on the hot pursuit of trying to get a theatre room and snack area in Roe Cloud hall.

Haskell University is a place for educating our youth and through that education, students may hopefully realize their full potential and break the cycle of addiction in their family and own personal lives.

Categories: EDUCATION

Alcohol Awareness Presentations happening throughout February

February 23, 2019 - 2:02pm


Photo by Sean Parrish

ROE CLOUD HALL— Students gathered in the study hall for the first Alcohol Awareness presentation.

Hosted by Haskell’s Campus Housing Department they invited Lawrence Police Officer; Shawn Gross, who has worked for ten years with the Lawrence Police Department. Gross discussed topics like “How to Spot Alcohol Poisoning”, “Alcohol Related Laws”, “Minor in Possession of Alcohol”, “Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor”, and “Consuming in Public”. Gross stated “One of the reasons why I am here is to educate you guys about the laws and the effect alcohol can have on your future if you don’t drink responsibly. We can’t prevent every crime out there, but a DUI is preventable.” He ended in saying “Please, if you do consume alcohol, get a designated driver.”

Jane Lanham, Roe Clouds’ Residential Dorm Advisor, said “It’s important to have these seminars because the percentage of Native Americans becoming alcoholics are higher than any other ethnic groups. So if we become aware of how alcohol’s effects our people, we can take steps to decrease this percentage.” She ended in saying that if they could have a better understanding of the effects of alcohol maybe they can make better choices. But I believe it is going to take a lot more than the police department presenting a program about alcohol awareness” Student to student: If/When you drink, please be respectful of campus and make sure to throw away your empty cans and/or bottles.

We are all adults here, so nobody should expect other people to pick up after them. Ahe’hee’!

Categories: EDUCATION

You Are Next

February 22, 2019 - 2:45pm


A three year run as AFC west division Champions. The league’s highest ranked offense. Placed second in the AFC. One game away from the Super Bowl. Up-and- coming Quarterback named league MVP.

This is just a short list of the Kansas City Chiefs accomplishments in the 2018 football season. While fans have been raving over their successes, many Native American and Indigenous people haven’t been focusing on the touchdowns. With the KC Chiefs recent season, it has become harder for some Native peoples to ignore the franchise’s promotion of inaccurate stereotypes of Native people. Mark Morales, a Haskell student and ex-Chiefs fan says that he no longer attends KC Chiefs games because of the cultural appropriation that goes on there.

The Kansas City Chiefs have a long history of being culturally insensitive, starting at the very beginning with the conception of the team and its name. Jimmy Beason, of the Haskell American Indian Studies department, has created a Facebook page dedicated to informing people about the Boy Scouts of America’s organization known as the “Micosay Tribe” that led to the naming of the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to Mr. Beason, this fake Indian tribe is based in Missouri and was founded by H. Roe Bartle in the 1920’s. The organization has bizarre rituals and makes young boy scouts to go on “vision quests.” The scouts receive fake Indian names and have elaborate pow-wows. The organization has two camps in Missouri, which they call “reservations.” The “Micosay Tribe” was led by Bartle and followers called him “chief.” In 1956 Bartle became mayor of Kansas City, Missouri and the nickname remained. In 1963, the football team known as the Dallas Texans was relocated and renamed the “Chiefs” to honor the fake tribal leader.

Since the creation the team has adopted other culturally insensitive rituals. As part of the Chiefs pregame, a special guest is invited to lead the drum ceremony in which a oversized native drum is beaten to the rhythm of the “tomahawk chop.” The tomahawk chop is a fan chant originating with the Florida State Seminoles in the 1980s. The chant sung is a dumbed-down version of Native song reflecting the Indian stereotype created by Hollywood. The chant is accompanied by a “chopping” arm movement, giving it the name tomahawk chop.

It is well known that the Kansas City Chiefs are not the only sports team guilty of cultural appropriation. The Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins are two examples. The Cleveland Indians mascot known as “Chief Wahoo” is a characterization of Native American stereotype. Many movements and organizations, including Twitter’s #DeChief movement, have been placing pressure on the Cleveland franchise to remove the Chief Wahoo logo from all Cleveland parahanalia.

In 2018 a small battle was won and the Chief Wahoo logo was retired and will no longer appear on players on field. The Washington Redskins are well known for their racist mascot. The franchise constantly feels pressure from movements such as #ChangeTheMascot and #NotYourMascot. The #NotYourMascot movement is organized by ENOM (Eradicating Native Offensive Mascotry). The movement was formed by Jacqueline Keeler, an American writer and activist of Diné and Yankton Dakota heritage. The organization uses its presence to work toward the end of the use of Native American racial groups as mascots by franchises such as the Washington Redskins.

With movements like these targeting the organizations that use Native themes, it shouldn’t be long until the racism displayed by the Kansas City Chiefs gets the attention it needs to force a change. To quote Haskell student Broderick Roberts –

“No more. No more dressing in my ancestors traditional regalia. No more beating a fake imitation of our sacred drum. No more tomahawk chops. No more. We cannot take this bigotry anymore. Get rid of ALL Indigenous themed mascots, for they are not “honoring” but are harming. Chief Wahoo was just the start, to the racist teams in Washington and Kansas City, you are next.”

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Washington Report

February 22, 2019 - 2:44pm


The office of the President along with Vice President, William Wilkinson, and I have just returned from attending tribal college week in Washington D.C.

We spent the week advocating for Haskell Indian Nation University along with the other 37 TCUs. Throughout the week we met with congressional leaders and discussed the importance of programs such as Strengthening Institutions, or Title III part F. Programs like these fund approximately $30 million, or half of TCU funding, and it expires this fiscal year.

The financial impact this has on our university is estimated at about $1.5 million dollars. In order to continue this funding it is essential to reach out to your state representatives and advocate to continue this funding and making it permanent.

We also addressed areas of improvement for our campus that include increase in security measure across campus, better security cameras, full time security staff, hiring more employees, building maintenance, and back log facility repairs. In these measures we’re looking to improve our campus by making it more autonomous. This would allow for more efficient hiring processes and more efficient management across campus.

We encourage our students to continue advocating on behalf of Haskell Indian Nations University as well as for the other phenomenal TCUs. I plan to have a list of states congressional leaders for distribution next week to assist our students on where to go to advocate for Strengthening Institutions as well as for our university.

Onward Haskell!

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Haskell Alumni rapper performs at Tecumseh

February 22, 2019 - 2:28pm


Photo by Sean Parrish

TECUMSEH HALL—Over 50 people gathered to watch rapper and Haskell alumni; Ro3 (Robert Ankney) perform this previous Monday night. The event was in collaboration with the Interfaith council, they did door prizes and served food/refreshments while Ankney performed songs off his upcoming EP. Ankney stated that “the EP will drop sometime at the end of March/beginning of April.” Ankney currently works for his tribe; Pawnee Nation, as a Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Specialist. Ankney graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration emphasis in Business Management in Fall 2017. He stated that he implements the knowledge he gained from Haskell into his music marketing. When asked about what his inspiration for creating music is Ankney states that “My inspiration for creating music began when I was 14. Growing up with a single mother and not having my father there was a tough situation for me. The only thing I really knew about my father was that he was an musician and through doing music it makes me feel like I have a relationship with him because I am able to make music the same way he did, just a different genre. Do you have any advice for people who want to pursue music? My advice to don’t be afraid to step out on your own and don’t feel like you have to rely on other people to advance yourself. Because in the end, all you will have is yourself.

Photo by Sean Parrish
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Student Senate Update

February 22, 2019 - 2:27pm


NAVARRE HALL—This past thursday Student Senate held their biweekly General Assembly meetings located in the Regents Room.

The meeting started off with a prayer from newly elected Secretary; Caroline Wiseman (Inupiaq- Tribal village of White Mountain). Since there weren’t enough club representatives present to make quorum they did an overview of the Old Business and New Business.

Guest speakers from the KU Powwow & Indigenous Festival event committee; Melissa Peterson, Anthea Scouffas, and Jancita Warrington presented over the events happening April 5th-6th (full schedule TBA). In addition, they are looking for student volunteers to help with the event and to help set up a tipi that their First Nations Student Association (FNSA) recently purchased.

The meeting then proceeded with the resignation of now former Student Senate Sponsor; Jancita Warrington. Luckily, two Haskell employees; Laura Rice and Cleta La Brie stepped up for the vacant positions. Voting for them will occur next General Assembly meeting.

For more information on how to get involved with Student Senate contact your designated Class Representative.

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‘Healing the Sacred’ spring ’19 plans

January 25, 2019 - 8:19pm

by Randy Nagitsy

Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) was awarded a three year grant in 2017 through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).  This grant is to Develop Future Victim Specialists for Indian Country. The grant allows Haskell Indian Nations University to create an advocate training curriculum program for participants.  HINU has used the grant to create Healing the Sacred (HtS) and currently has 10 student participants. A number of presenters from across Indian Country have come to campus to educate and share their knowledge during fall 2018.

The following are the people who are currently enrolled in HtS currently; Adrina Duran, Michelle Sherman, Sumer Al-Ahdali, Randy Nagitsy, Ileana Larkin, Kayla Bointy, Kristina Allison-Burbank, Calvin Smith, Shelby Herrod, Rayven Merrill.  This semester, the avenues we will be exploring will be Language Revitalization, the 7 Grandfather Teachings, working within tribal programs and expanding those programs, constructing strong and sustainable tribal prevention programs, grant writing, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).

The speaker schedule is currently being developed for spring 2019.  The classroom sessions will be opened for Haskell Students to hear the wealth of knowledge for victim advocacy.  It is vital that we bring in speakers, who are professionals in Indian Country, to assist us in navigating the complex world of advocacy.  Throughout spring 2019 we will be putting out flyers for presenters and will open up the application process for the fall 2019 cohort.

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Student Body President address to students

January 25, 2019 - 7:53pm

Welcome back students! It is my great pleasure to welcome everyone back to Haskell as we all continue our journeys. As I begin my last semester here at Haskell I look back at my experience of Haskell. 

I remember my days as a rebellious freshman that challenged the boundaries, my days of sophomore year narrowing down what degree program to choose, junior year full of impatience of finishing my degree, and my senior year full of joy and memories as this chapter comes to a close.

Our experiences here at Haskell will last a lifetime. Our friends who’ve become our family away from home gather for another semester at Haskell, faculty is prepping for another semester of teaching us to be the next indigenous leaders, our student senate officers are preparing another great experience for our clubs and organizations, and our administration is preparing for our trip to Washington D.C to advocate for Haskell. 

This is the time of change for Haskell. It up to you, the student body, to create change, advocate for what you want out of Haskell, and most importantly to make your experience at Haskell one that will last a lifetime.

I hope that you all have a successful, exciting, and memorable semester students.

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Haskell Student Activists March to City Hall

January 25, 2019 - 7:21pm

by Dacotah Hasvold

Haskell Students gather in front of City hall for the Indigenous People’s Movement March (Photo by: Dacotah Hasvold)

A crowd of student activists gathered in front of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum in solidarity with the nationwide Indigenous People’s Movement, whose goal is “uniting the Indigenous peoples across the World to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children from North, Central and South America, Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean”.

Haskell President, Dr. Daniel Wildcat spoke briefly, thanking the students for braving the cold weather to bring attention to issues that are all too often ignored, saying that, although marches like this are sometimes dismissed as purely symbolic, “We know better. Symbols matter. Words matter. And your actions matter.”  

A prayer was said, songs were sung, then the protesters began the miles long march to city hall. Shouts of “No more missing sisters!” and “This is what democracy looks like!” could be heard as the protesters marched down Massachusetts street, through the heart of downtown Lawrence.

The march wasn’t about any one issue, but rather the onslaught of issues that plague Indigenous communities locally and globally. Because of this, the march meant different things to different people.

Sean Parrish, editor of the Indian Leader, stressed the importance of Native media, saying, “It is important for us to get our voice out there. And for us to tell our own story. Because if we don’t, our stories can get disrupted through the lenses of their (observers’) world views.” A sentiment that is made even more relevant considering that most of the national media attention given to the Indigenous People’s march in Washington D.C. failed to mention any of the issues being protested and chose to instead focus entirely on an encounter with a group of High School students that occured at the end of the March.  

Haskell Alumni, Rain Charger spoke about the meaning that can be found in solidarity and the connections that one can make at Haskell. “If we are talking about Indigenous voices today; know that you are valid. That you matter…we are at Haskell, this is the only place where this happens, in the world. Where so many tribes commingle. Remember that. Use that to your advantage.”

Student senate president Lindsey Robinson, who helped organize the event, made a passionate speech about many of the issues facing Native peoples today. She brought attention to the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women in North America whose cases have gone unsolved. As well as police violence against Natives; according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native Americans are killed in police encounters at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group.

She talked about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests that occured on the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota, noting that the president’s “first order of business” upon assuming the role as commander in chief, was to sign two executive orders to move forward with the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline, ending the environmental impact assessment associated with those projects as well as the public comment period, a massive blow to one of the largest Intertribal protests in modern history.

She also decried the separation of thousands of children from their families that has occured at the Mexican border as part of a new immigration strategy proposed by the current administration. These children are then kept in fenced in areas that have been described as cages.

Lastly she addressed the representation of Native american history in public education, saying, “We get one page in a history textbook for five hundred and twenty seven years of genocide and assimilation.”

After everyone had spoken, many of the protesters began the long, cold walk back to Haskell.

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