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February 16, 2018 - 1:33pm

by Tiffany Blevins

Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2018 - 1:31pm

by Tiffany Blevins

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

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

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

Make America Think Again

February 16, 2018 - 1:29pm

by Allen Stephenson

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

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

Welcome to Sovereignty

February 16, 2018 - 1:29pm

by Allen Stephenson

Today we welcome six new tribes into Haskell Indian Nations University as they gain
Federal recognition! The six tribes in question The Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy,
Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Monacan, and Nansemond of the Virginia commonwealth
have been fighting for their status for the past two decades. This outcome was achieved by
Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017 which was
passed in the House of Representatives in May of 2017 and again by the Senate in January 2018.
As we welcome these tribes into their newly acquired status we should reflect on why this is
important.
Sovereignty is integral to the success and future of any and every tribe currently residing
in American or it’s many and varied territories. Why is it important you ask? It’s important
because Federal acknowledgement or recognition means the United States government
recognizes the right of an Indigenous tribe to exist as a sovereign entity. There are still a plethora
of terms and stipulations that come along with Native Sovereignty and rules we must follow and
hoops to jump through, but Federal Recognition is the first step to giving ourselves agency with
the government of the United States.
Federal recognition of Indian tribes is also similar to the diplomatic recognition that the
United States extends to foreign nations. When a tribe is federally recognized, it has the right to
establish a tribal government and enter into agreements with the federal government in much the
same way the federal government makes agreements with Canada and Mexico.

Tribes without federally recognized status do not share these same benefits and have
historically suffered greatly at the loss of recognition, the Menominee are a prime example. The
Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act will allow tribes to
Compete for educational programs and other grants only open to federally recognized tribes.
Repatriate the remains of their ancestors in a respectful manner. Many of these remains reside in
the Smithsonian, but without federal status there is no mandate to return the remains.
Provide affordable health care services for elder tribal members who have been unable to access
care.
Overall the lives and political power of these Virginia Natives will grow stronger and
help promote self-governance within Indian country. This is a win, this is a cause for celebration,
and this is a people returning home after fighting the good fight for many years. The battle may
be won, but the war is far from over, remember where you came from.

Haskell Highlight Night

February 16, 2018 - 1:28pm

By Shirley Cypher

Haskell Highlight Night kicks off the semester by letting new and continuing students participate and join
different clubs and organizations on campus. It’s a great way to help students to adjust to campus life by
joining a club of their interest.
The Spring 2018 Haskell Highlight Night was held in Tecumseh Hall. It’s an event that lets students join
clubs on campus and visit information booths. Students also participated in random drawings for door
prizes such as gift baskets and gift cards. With different clubs from the Haskell Band to joining a
fraternity or sorority and different clubs in between. There’s always something for everyone to join and
be a part of the campus life here at Haskell.
For more information about clubs/organizations, you can look online at the Haskell website under
Student Senate. You can also look under the Student Senate’s Facebook page. And look for posted flyers
across campus for various clubs to join.

Education is the Key to Success

February 16, 2018 - 1:27pm

by Amanda Smith

            Haskell Indian Nations University has been a college that provides us an easy way to get our education. Not many students realize that our school provides as much as it can to help students get a degree. Haskell wants us as Native students to succeed, we have many that look up to us and at us, we’re in a Non-Native community that think we are all the same but we all come from different tribes and all have goals to accomplish. It’s about us making a change in our communities on the reservations, and showing that Haskell is not just a Native college but an institution that helped many get an education and going farther to become more successful.

One alumni commented, “Haskell was the place where I started my education, it may still look the same since I graduated but it’s the best decision I made, I got the chance to learn about other cultures, made new friends from other states and lastly got my bachelors”. Haskell isn’t a big campus, but that’s what makes it better, we have easy access to being able to sit in a room less than 20 people, we get one-on-one contact with our instructors, and we get the help we need. It’s a start to achieving our goals we have in mind, we want the best and Haskell gives it to us.

Many don’t realize that other students at universities are struggling to pay tuition, room and board, textbooks, and classes. One student stated, “Haskell was a good choice for me, especially if you’re a parent and have a job, it was affordable, flexible class schedules and very helpful”. As for us here at Haskell we are paying less, many complain about how it’s too much to pay but they need to know we may be a small college, but it beats having to go to a college with over 50 students in one classroom or paying for textbooks. Our success starts here, with many relatives from all over the states who all share the same goal to get an education. We can accomplish our goals no matter what.

Haskell Softball Preview

February 14, 2018 - 3:53pm

The Haskell softball team huddles around Coach Gary Tanner

By: Cody Allan Vannaman

The softball team is more determined and focused this year compared to any season in the past according to their players. Speaking with three freshman on this year’s team: Kylee Sellers, Shawn Harrah, Nicole McWilliams and assistant coach, Summer Moncivais. All of them stated, “we want to win as many games as possible. We want to win conference and keep the program alive here at Haskell.”

When asked what they meant by keep the program alive here at Haskell, their response, “have more people want to come here and play softball, by looking at how well we played this year and the possibility of success later on.”

Why should the community come watch them?  McWilliams said, “come watch the change, we are in a vulnerable spot right now, whatever we do everyone will see and they will hopefully see us win.” Second baseman Shawn Harrah said, “We aren’t the same team as last year, don’t compare us to any team without watching us play.”

Assistant coach Summer Moncivais had this to say about the team, “We work pretty well together, we’re hard working, flexible to change, and we are a championship caliber team. Everybody here shows so much dedication to wanting to win and just wanting to work hard towards our goals.”

When speaking about softball coach Gary Tanner, they responded, “we love our coach, he’s like a father figure in a way, real good role model, and he just wants the best for us.” When asked about their senior captain Brianna Smith they respond with, “She’s ready for a change this year, we are glad that we have her on our team, and she’s like a big sister to us.”

Head Coach Gary Tanner had a lot to say on this season and on the team. “We are a part of Haskell and if we had to have a goal in mind it would be to be a positive part of Haskell and grow along with the University. Winning is expected, one step at a time.” Tanner had compliments about his only senior captain Smith, “she’s a leader, leads by example, takes the team personal, understands this is her last year, and wants to make the most of it for her and her teammates.”

Tanner commented on players to watch out for.  “Nicole McWilliams, Kylee Sellers, and Lindsey Lofton. Lindsey is there starting shortstop and lead-off batter. We have a good group of girls, a lot of young players that can grow together in the next few years, by supporting and helping each other in all areas.”

Tanner reiterated he wants the team to be successful in all areas of Haskell. “I want all the girls to graduate, we want to win balls games, and produce a product or event that will get the Haskell community to come watch us play.”

When asked if he thinks this year will be better than the other years, Tanner said, “The past is the past, we continue to improve and we don’t want to be compared to any team in the past. We practice hard and work hard, that’s another reason we want people to come watch our games, it’s to see what we’ve done, because we do it for them.”

Indian Leader Vol. 121 Issue #2

February 14, 2018 - 1:34pm

The digital copy of 2/14/ 2018 Indian Leader click here–> Volume 121 Issue 2

Tiff’s 2Cents

February 4, 2018 - 6:16pm

by Tiffany Blevins

Love Thy Neighbor as thyself. The Golden Rule is the basis for many well known religions and philosophies in which to live a better life. However a lot of people only remember the “love they neighbor part.” I find that being loving towards my neighbor is a lot easier than loving myself. If my neighbors cold, I can get them a jacket. If my neighbor is thirsty or hungry I can get them food and drink. How am I suppose to suppose to love myself though? I think a lot of people don’t know how to love themselves, especially while in college. Constantly pushing ourselves to succeed in our classes, trying desperately not to gain that “freshman” 15 ( Its hard to eat right and excercise all 4 years, sorry kiddos), going out late into the night even though we are exhausted, in order to maintain a social life and judging ourselves the highest penalties we can imagine for not meeting the goals we’ve set. There are lots of ways that if we were looking at someones else’s life, we’d more than likely tell them to slow down and everything would be okay. That they still matter and are important and will do better next time. One of the most loving things we can do for ourselves is to treat ourselves like we treat other people. This means things like not being so harsh, being forgiving, and encouraging to ourselves. The Golden Rule is a good motto to live by, but we can’t forget ourselves in that process.

Tiff’s 2Cents

February 4, 2018 - 6:15pm

by Tiffany Blevins

“The Best Laid Plans..of mice and men often go awry.” A saying adapted from Robert Burn’s Poem “To a Mouse” which was written in 1785 but still applicable for today. In a generation where procrastination is a common culprit of unfufilled plans, that was not the case over Christmas break 2017 for Tiffany Blevins
I went into this break with a carefully laid out plan that included the obligartory visits of family and friends, thoroughly cleaning house for my grandfather (whome I live with), investing in my art and writings, and studying the spring’s semester subjects so that I can be ahead upon my return. Although I had every intention to fufill all of my goals and make my vacation productive, I did not finish everything I had planned to. My first bump in my plans was the sudden illness of my Opa (grandfather). He’s okay now, stubbornly going against doctor’s orders and is eating to his hearts happiness, working on vehicles out in the barn in almost freezing weather, and I have on occasion, since he’s been well, caught him with a Cheyenne Red 100 between his lips. My first two weeks home was a juggling act between forcing him to behave the docor and getting ready for Christmas.

Christmas is a huge investment of time and money every year for me. I bought for 42 people this year mostly framily some friends. Shopping is never an issue. At the beginning of every year I start shopping for the next holiday season. However, I pride myself on wrapping. 25% of a present is the gift itself. The other 75% is in the presentation of the gift. With that in mind, carefully presenting 42 gifts is a nightmare that takes hours and hours. Not to mention the families I gift cookes to. 18 dozen cookies is how many were baked. That is a total of 216 cookies. A combination of chocolate chip and peanut butter. Every year the same cookies as is Tiffany tradition. Those tasks consumed my time all the way up until December 21. the next 5 days were spent in an elation of gift giving, food comas, church going, and hugs of loved ones and their appreciation of my time.

December 27th eventually rolls around and I am exhausted. My time is then spent in peaceful rest until the New Year in which I begin my New Years resolutions that I have every year to be organized in all areas of my life and to stay consistent. As I write this I have less than a week left until I return to school. That means the rest of my time will be spent getting everything together I will need to live in the dorms for the next 16ish weeks. Although I did not get my hefty goals accomplished, I completed the most important one of showing the people in my life how much they mean to me, by giving them the gift of my most valuable rescource, my time. My plans didn’t work out how I expected, but I am happy all the same the way everything played out on my Christmas Break.

Haskell Receives $5,000 LGBTQI+ Grant from AICF

February 4, 2018 - 6:12pm

Yá’át’ééh (greetings),

– Haskell students, staff faculty, and alumni, and the Haskell Indian Leader readers;
Shí éí Bry Cordell Smiley yinishyé – Hałtsooi nishłí, Naakai Diné’é bashíshchíín, Kinyáa’aanii
dáshícheii, Tahnees’zahnii dáshínálí – Akó Diné Nádleehí nishłí. [Hello, my name is Bry Cordell Smiley.
I am the Meadow People, born for the Mexican People / People Who Wander, Towering House for my
maternal grandfather, and the Tangle clan for my paternal grandfather, in sum, that is how I identity as a
Diné (Navajo) person.]

I one of the four diligent committee members taking the reins on the Haskell LGBTQI+ Grant,
funded by the American Indian College Fund (AICF). This five thousand dollar grant is to bring
awareness to our community we call Haskell – this institution has been transforming since its
establishment in 1884. This grant will not only celebrate Two Spirit / LGBTQI+ individuals on tribal
colleges (i.e., Haskell), but those in the past that were affected by colonial attitudes demeaning their
expression, also the present, now. As well as, include strategies and ideas of inclusion here on Haskell
campus which begins with telling our story after 130+ years and integrate Indigenous traditions, history,
&amp; culture within the elements of the Haskell LGBTQI+ Grant project, which also is emphasized within
our academia here at Haskell.

Moreover, February 2018 is deemed the 1 st Annual Haskell Two Spirit / LGBTQI+ Month –
we, Haskell will hope to move forward in the 21 st century and realize no matter what, our Two Spirit /
LGBTQI+ people are still our relatives. In addition, the Haskell LGBTQI+ Grant will consist of four
weeks of events that pertain to the not only Two Spirit / LGBTQI+ peoples, but all people. For example,
Haskell will be hosting a “First-Ever” Two Spirit Powwow on Saturday, Feb. 24 th , 2018, beginning at
2:00 PM to MIDNIGHT at Tecumseh Hall on Haskell campus, *Alcohol/Drug-Free Event – This specific
type of powwow has never happened on Haskell grounds, ever – with its celebration of Two Spirit
peoples, Two Spirit Powwows are the expression of healing, as dancing is and the unity of Two Spirit
peoples. The powwow will be the conclusion of the project itself, we are planning to have an awesome
time throughout the month of February! *Our first two events will be Bystander Training (Wed., Jan. 31,
2018 @ Minoka Hall, 12-3PM) and Safe Zone Training (Fri., Feb. 2, 2018 @ Minoka Hall, 12-3PM).
In all, this grant is a mere celebration, remembrance, and shift of our self-determination as a tribal
college/university, but as tribal citizens whom represent well-over 140 tribal nations across the country. I
hope that the fruition of this grant will send the message that we are here. We have been revered and
recognized in form or another from our family, community, and tribal nation / tradition / stories. Also, I
hope everyone whom attends our events leaves with some new knowledge, questions, and comes from a
place of l o v e. I would like to thank Haskell Indian Nations University for hosting our events and AICF
for $ponsoring, ahé’hee’ laa (thank you much)!

-This is for the ones whom have gone on, the ones fighting on, #MMIWM, the Haskell babies, the
Haskell kids who wrote a letter so they could dance, and to my relations – Shímá ayoo aniinishní, I am
who I am because of you. –B

*For more information, you can contact Bry Smiley via e-mail, bry.smiley@haskell.edu.

Haskell Students inspired by Professional Native American Athletes Panel

January 26, 2018 - 9:46pm

Haskell Volleyball team poses with Damen Bell Holter, Temyrss Lane and Nicco Montano Photo by Michael Begay, Haskell Indian Leader

By Sean Parrish

A panel of Native American professional athletes spoke to Haskell students on how sports can help improve issues facing the Native community.

The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) held the event that was their first to specifically highlight the Native American community.

The panelists consisted of former professional basketball player;  Damen Bell-Holter (Haida Tribe of Alaska), former professional soccer player/Pac 12 network personality; Temryss Lane (Lummi), UFC Women’s Flyweight champion; Nicco Montano (Diné), and moderator, Kim Miller who is the RISE Vice President of the leadership and education programs.

Temyrss Lane talked about how sports helped her out in her life, “sports really helped open my mind to what is possible because it operated as a place where I was driven because I loved it so much.” Lane continued on saying “sports also helped me with my education because it held me accountable, because if I wasn’t getting good grades and taking care of the things that I needed to take care of to be a good student, then I wasn’t able to do what I love. So sports really helped me excel academically.”

With the high rates of health problems rising among Native Americans, Nicco Montano was asked about promoting physical fitness. Montano stated,  “I do, because I thrive off being physically healthy. My mind is healthy, my body is healthy,  my spirit is healthy, and I am healthy emotionally.” Montano ended in saying “You won’t know how much potential you have until you try”

At the conclusion of the event  when Damen Bell-Holter was asked what he wanted Haskell students to learn from the discussion he commented “what I want you all to take away is that we all have a voice. It does not matter if you have a platform or not, you just have to be willing to step up and speak out.” Bell-Holter concluded “I want you all to gain knowledge of your identity. Be proud of who you are, where you come from and who you come from.”

RISE is a non profit organizations that is dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress more information can be found at www.risetowin.org

Haskell Women’s Volleyball Chosen to Compete in 2017 AII Conference

December 7, 2017 - 11:10am

by Sean Parrish
Haskell Indian Nations University Women’s Volleyball (17-22) were one of the four teams that were chosen to participate in the 2017 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I) conference this season. The other three teams were:

  • Kentucky Christian University; Knights (31-12)
  • Lincoln Christian University; Lions (19-21)
  • College of the Ozarks; Bobcats (32-6)

During the game Haskell was led by Alliyah richards(Oglala Lakota/Northern Ute) with 17 kills, hitting .369, also posting 1 dig and 1 block. Following her was Krista Costa(Crow) with 12 kills, 24 digs, and 4 blocks. Shayla Yazzie(Diné) with 14 digs and Sophia Honahni(Hopi/Diné) with 13 digs, and                 Randi Romero(Laguna-Pueblo) with 41 assists, 1 service ace, and 9 digs.

Sadly, Haskell lost in four sets to the Lions (25-20, 20-25, 22-25, and 17-25)

  • Haskell concluded the game with 47 kills, 44 assists, and 79 digs.
  • LCU had 51 kills, 43 assists, and 69 digs.

 Sydney Dray, when asked about the A.I.I. conference and her overall volleyball season personal  experience, stated that “The conference went really well we played really good as a team, we played like a family. We played our hearts out but fell short when going into the finals. I received the Champions of Character Award, which is an award about having sportsmanship, always being positive, and never giving up.” She concluded in saying “This was my first semester playing and the season went by fast because it was so fun playing the game that I love. I can’t wait until next season!”

Krista Costa, Allieyah Richards, and Randi Romero were selected for the 2017 A.I.I Volleyball All-Tournament Team.

Congratulations to all the Ladies who dedicated their time and effort this season to the game they love most.

Keep up the good work! Onward Haskell!!

Book Review: “The People Shall Continue”

December 7, 2017 - 11:02am

by Sean Parrish

★★★★★

The People Shall Continue is a children’s literature book, re-released by LEE & LOW BOOKs. It was written by Acoma Pueblo storyteller and poet; Simon Ortiz  and illustrated by Sharol Graves. The book gives an overview about the hidden history pertaining to the genocidal actions which colonist projected upon our ancestors. Most importantly this book reminds the readers that Native Americans did not only inherit their ancestors TRAUMA, but they also inherited their WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND STRONG SPIRITS.

This book is revolutionary based on the concepts it introduces to children. It is recommended that The People Shall Continue is used in classrooms. This book is a good way to introduce difficult concepts that students may use as a building block later. If it is not on your child’s class reading list, it would be beneficial to parents to have their children read the book. This book will widen their world view and have them think about one of the most controversial topics of the day: race.

Fall 2017 Graduating Class Sets Record

December 6, 2017 - 11:14pm

by Travis Campbell
photos courtesy of Diamond Williams

Haskell Indian Nations University awarded diplomas to 92 students this semester. Stephen Prue, of the Office of the President stated that this the Fall, 2017 graduating class is largest fall graduating class to date continuing a trend of record breaking classes that has extended the past three consecutive years.

Sergeant Bronson Star of the Arikara, Nez Perce, and Lakota nations, as well as a 19-year veteran of the Lawrence Kansas Police Department was the keynote speaker. Sgt. Bronson spoke fondly of his time serving in the United States Army, as a wild land firefighter, as well as his time at Haskell (Class of 1998) and the University of Kansas.

Other speakers at the graduation ceremony included Miss Haskell, Caroline Wiseman; Haskell Brave, Baron Hoy; Gil Vigil, of the Haskell Board of Regents; and Student Senate President, Calvin Smith. Graduates were awarded their diplomas by Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The staff of the Indian Leader would like to congratulate all of the Fall, 2017 graduates and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.

Flanagan Has High Hopes for Women’s Basketball Team

December 6, 2017 - 11:08pm

by Travis Campbell
photos courtesy of Brent Cahwee

Haskell women’s basketball coach, Shane Flanagan, spoke with the Indian Leader briefly about the 2017-2018 season and his hopes for the team.

“We have a young team, so I’m starting three freshmen and relying on a lot of freshmen this year. We have two seniors, Kelli Warrior and Justina Coriz. The season’s going pretty good we’re just trying to learn how to win right now and do the little things. We’re much taller than we’ve been, and more athletic than we’ve been. It’s a new group and I think right now, they’re just learning how to play together. I’m very excited about it.”

 

Flanagan stated that he believes that the team will do well in conference play and that the team has been constantly improving and working hard since the beginning. “The talent is there, we just have to start executing now. I’m extremely excited about this group.”

Kelli Warrior, one of the two seniors on the team, is within

200 points of breaking Haskell’s career record, which Flanagan believes she will accomplish in the 2017-2018 season. Another highlight of the season has been being selected to be the only tribal college to wear Nike’s N7 uniforms and it is something that the team takes a lot of pride in.

 

Shadow Figure Seen in Curtis Hall

November 28, 2017 - 5:03pm

by Kayla Bointy

On a cold October evening, while walking back to her dorm, Lisha Numan witnessed something spooky inside of Curtis Hall.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Lisha Numan:  “I think they’re just entities, residual energy who used to reside here and who don’t know they’re not living, perhaps lost.

Did you witness this with your own eyes?

“I saw it through my phone, actually. I was walking from Winona with my friend, who had injured her ankle, so we were walking slowly. I happened to look at the windows at Curtis and I see one TV on. and I stopped to look at it. I thought it was odd the TV was on so late. so I took out my phone and recorded on Snapchat, I scanned across Curtis slowly, I zoomed in on the tv slowly, and right when I zoomed in enough to see the tv clearly, a transparent figure! Slowly moved left to right in front of the tv!”

What did the figure look like to you?

 

“It looked like somebody peeking, as if someone was walking in front of the tv, but it was transparent. Because you could still see the tv through it. But it didn’t look normal… it looked stretched out, like expanding, as if its body was catching up to itself.

How did you respond?

“I said Uudah*! I almost ran away, but I realized my friend had a hurt ankle and I couldn’t take off on her.”

*Uudah is Paiute word, an exclamation meaning surprised or scared.

What did you do after and what are your thoughts now?

“ I walked back to my room and smoked myself off (with cedar) to make sure nothing followed me back. I still feel weird about it .”

Do you find it interesting this happened in October :

“Yes because, it’s the anniversary of different past events, the campus was very active … also its near Halloween. “

You agreed to this interview, may I ask why you didn’t post the video?

‘I don’t want anyone to exploit the spirits or going into Curtis, without knowing what it is. I don’t know if it’s malevolent or benevolent. There are spirits all around that don’t reveal themselves, so I wonder why that did now and why did I see it and not my friend.‘’

It is the opinion of Numan and many others to not exploit the spirits of Haskell, to leave the spirits alone. Haskell is an old place and we must respect all residents. Haskell is our home. With that being said, if you have any paranormal experiences don’t be afraid, just be respectful.

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