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Fall 2017 Candidates for Graduation Announced

November 27, 2017 - 10:45pm

Haskell Indian Nations University is proud to announce the Fall, 2017 candidates for graduation! We here at the Indian Leader would like to express our congratulations to all of the graduates!


Last_Name First_Name Degree Major Ankney Robert Wayne Bachelor of Science Business Administration Anquoe Talia Sioux Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Aspaas-Montoya Adler G. Associate of Science Natural Science Barraza Robert Michael Gabriel Bachelor of Science Business Administration Berryhill Krystal J. Bachelor of Science Business Administration Bia Shelsea Devonna Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Birdtail Hailee Vera Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Brown Alicia Sherrill Bachelor of Science Environmental Science Campanero Jr. Jesus Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Campbell Travis Alan Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Colvin Jamie Kay Associate of Science Natural Science Cook-Furst Jessica Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Crowfeather Shailene Associate of Arts Para-Professional Education Culley Cheyenne Miyah Bachelor of Science Business Administration Daniels Michael Scott Bachelor of Science Environmental Science Davis Michael Dewayne Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Dayzie Daryline Pearl Associate of Science Natural Science Deluna Randa M. Associate of Science Community Health Denny Yasmine Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Desrosiers Jr. Gabriel B. Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Devine Tristen Marie Associate of Science Natural Science Dewit Donald J. Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Drake Kyle David Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Dray Kendall Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Dray Mariah Associate of Science Natural Science Eastman Obadiah Ezra Malachi Bachelor of Science Business Administration Ennis Justin K. Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Fine Caleb C. Associate of Science Natural Science Finley De’Ja LarMarie Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Fraley Nathan Samuel Associate of Arts Para-Professional Education Franks Kason Dane Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Garnanez Michael I. Associate of Science Recreation and Fitness Management Gibson KiAllen Bachelor of Science Business Administration Gonzalez Alejandra C. Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Griffin Jr. Warren E. Associate of Arts Social Work Hicks Robin Kay Bachelor of Science Business Administration Holder Noah Killsenemy at Night Bachelor of Science Business Administration Iron Whiteman Austin Jordan Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Jake Christopher James Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Jenkins Cody T. Associate of Science Community Health Johnson Isaac Anthony Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Jones Eunice A. Associate of Science Natural Science Kenton Shawna Marie Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Kuhn Kelsey Lauren Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Laravie Montoya James Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Largo RaeShelle Bachelor of Science Business Administration Lighthall Colton Lee Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Lombard Shana Nicole Celine Associate of Arts Media Communications Lopez Shania Ashley Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Marquez Starlatia Associate of Arts Liberal Arts McGee Jr. Kenneth W. Associate of Science Recreation and Fitness Management Merrill Shawnee Rose Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Miner Felicia Cheryl Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Naylor Kami R. Associate of Arts Communication Studies Nelson Melony Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Numan Alisha J. Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Osborne James Dee Associate of Science Natural Science Pahmahmie-Anderegg Deanna Kay Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Parrish Sean Michael Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Peña Steven Daubon Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Penn Sierra Aspen Associate of Science Natural Science Pueblo Trevor Lane Bachelor of Science Business Administration Redbear Michael T. Associate of Science Natural Science Romero Angela Associate of Science Natural Science Romero Randi Jaylene Bachelor of Science Business Administration Serio Alina Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Smith Angela Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Smith Shaundeen Nizohni Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Springer Ivory Warrior Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Sturm Kristofer L. Bachelor of Science Environmental Science Tah Mary Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Tenono Christen Jennie Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Thompson Uriah William Associate of Science Natural Science Turley Chris Brandon Associate of Arts Recreation and Fitness Management Veneski Connor Bachelor of Science Business Administration Wagoner Natasha Rae Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Wahweotten Brennah L. Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Walkingstick Cory Hawk Associate of Science Natural Science Walsey Geraldine Emily Bachelor of Arts Indigenous and American Indian Studies Wathogoma Andrew Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Wilkerson Alexandra Rae Bachelor of Science Business Administration Williams Diamond Sherrell Associate of Science Natural Science Woodie Nizhoni Shaandiin Bachelor of Science Environmental Science Wright Amos Pergis Associate of Science Community Health Yazzie Jamie Kirsten Bachelor of Science Environmental Science Ziegler Derek S. Associate of Arts Liberal Arts


Commentary: Americanized Mockery

November 22, 2017 - 12:16pm

by Rashad Squalls

Taken from our ancestral lands to the football field, American society seems to get a kick out of the public use of Native
American heritage for entertainment. Native American heritage is held highly sacred to its descendants. It is very disheartening
to see and hear rituals, names, and Native regalia in the public as a mascot. No harm done, right? Wrong, Native
American culture is practiced among Natives up to this present day. How long must Native Americans be held captive to
oppression? One must truly understand and respect the roots of someone’s heritage before being a part of it. America is supposed
to stand for equality of all nations and races. Native life has become a part of the American society, but not entirely
respectfully. To be seen in one of the media’s biggest entertainment industries as a mockery is disrespectful in many unspoken
ways. Hopefully, as a nation we can come to some kind of understanding to why it is Native Americans feel as such. It’s
unjust, hurtful, and uncaring to carry on with the parading of another culture’s heritage. It’s hard to stand by and watch an
important part of history mocked.
Not only are we mocked in the entertainment field, retail products are also produced by non-Natives. A popular clothing line
named Urban Outfitters created a panty line under the name of “Navajo.” Many fashion trends continue to create and sell
Native American names. There are also ads that are very offensive to Native culture. One ad I discovered was from a cereal
by the name of Post Toasties. This ad is very disturbing, it features Natives speaking about being full of energy because of
Post Toasties. The ad goes on to say that corn is the best thing that the Natives have discovered.
Food, clothing, and entertainment are just a few examples of Native oppression. Vehicles have also been modeled using Native
based names such as the Jeep Comanche, Jeep Cherokee, Winnebago (RV), and Pontiac. Pontiac, I actually discovered
was a war chief who allied with the French. One of our most celebrated holidays in America, Halloween, is celebrated with
costumes and props every year. I can guarantee that there will be many children and adults dressed as Native Americans all
throughout our country. Another thing that Americans opposed would be Native religion and spiritual beliefs. Christianity
has always been forced upon Natives to get them to convert over entirely. For example, here at Haskell I witnessed a man
dressed in a suit handing out small New Testament bibles. I saw the Chick-fil-a fast food chain restaurant selling their food
at one of our powwows (Christian-based franchise). It seems like Native religion has always been shunned by the American
society as a whole.
Native American schools are also few and far between in the United States. Natives are forced to put their children into
public schools that teach their children to live the American way. History books in public schools offer false teachings and
accounts of Native Americans. It’s because of improper teaching of history that Americans don’t fully understand and respect
the Native ways of life. Overall, I am upset with all of the blatant disrespect from the media when it comes to Native
American culture. Although Natives protest for our traditions to be kept sacred it only seems to egg on more companies to
continue creating offensive media. If the roles were reversed I’m sure others would understand where we are coming from.
In order to stop American opposition we need more activists to stand up and be a voice for Native Americans. Although
America is supposed to be based off of equality it has took a turn for the worse. We live in an age where it is okay to poke
fun of someone else’s heritage. I find it ironic that more of the Spanish language is taught over Native tongues. I never truly
understood why the teaching of foreigners’ languages have been put in the majority of universities and public schools when
our land was founded by Native Americans.
There are many ways the American culture has dominated over that of Native Americans. America’s views continue to
corrupt people’s minds with lies about our real history. Native American culture continues to be destroyed and mimicked
throughout America. It’s up to us to teach our children Native traditions and raise them with respect for our heritage. Our ancestors
died valuing the very land that was founded and inhabited by our people. America/media’s focus has always seemed
to be one-sided. Either you’re American or you’re not, everyone else’s traditions and beliefs have always seemed to be put
on hold. As a Native American it is important that we stand firm in with our traditions.

Cultural Imperialism

November 22, 2017 - 12:14pm

by Amanda Smith

In today’s society all Native American tribes have adapted into this non-Native world. Many are now realizing that their life has been
taken control of by non-Natives, they have to follow these people who don’t care about our culture, language, and us as Native people.
Taking it back to our ancestors who signed these treaties long ago, they were forced to become these non-natives and learn about
their ways. They were taken control of like they were nothing but dumb Native people who didn’t know anything and how I see it is
that we are just repeating history. It seems like people are just trying to change us and our ways of living, but what they don’t know is
that nothing will change who we are. Together as Native Americans we are stronger and nothing can break that from us. For example,
what happened in Standing Rock, no matter how out of control the non-Natives got, we were still there fighting for water that is sacred.
No matter how small or how big something is, if it’s important and sacred in our culture we will do anything to protect it. This is why
we have many who stand for their people and tribe, activists finally getting their voices heard. For many years we, as Native Americans,
have been trying to get our voices out there to the world, about who we are, and fighting for what we believe is the best way for
Although we have changed and adapted into this non-Native world we still have our beliefs and practice our traditions. Because to
us our traditions are important for ourselves and generations to come to know. From a young age many of us have had to deal with
growing up in two different worlds, one side was non-Native and the other was our own culture. For me I’m Navajo, Taos Pueblo, and
Hopi, and the only culture I learned a lot about is the Navajo. I was taught how to speak Navajo, understand it, and to know the traditions.
I’m very appreciative of my family for teaching me such a unique culture and I’m proud to be Navajo with other mixed tribes.
Growing up I never knew that being Native American would be as important as it is today, we have many things going on with natives
who are speaking up and getting their voices heard about how our native people shouldn’t be treated the we are being treated today.
From disrespecting our Native people with mascots, building on sacred land, many things going on that I never thought would happen.
I’m sure every tribe has experienced seeing this on their reservation, but to me I think this is an example of American culture dominating
my own people. Alcohol was never here and no one knew what it was until the non-natives introduced it to us. Now look at where
that put our own people, many become alcoholics and many die from this drink that non-natives gave us. Back in my hometown I’ve
seen too many people who are without jobs, walking alongside the road, and others asking for money. I hate to see my own people go
through this. non-Natives made my people become addicted to this poisonous beverage that they spend all their money on it. Although
it’s not allowed to be sold on our reservation, many people go to the border of town to get it and our own people are selling it from
their homes. I’ve seen my own relatives go through this and it hurts me to see them this way.
Clothing is one of the main forms of domination in every tribe, especially mine. We wear clothing like a non-Native instead of wearing
our traditional outfits. In the past our people wore their traditional outfits every day and everywhere, in our society we don’t. We
wear jeans, t-shirts, and shoes like everyone else around us. The only thing anyone cares about today is the brand they wear. They
don’t think about their ancestors who wore the same shoes, and outfits, every day and they didn’t complain about it. We’re living in a
society where everyone judges too much and we have to change our style to just be like them. But no, we can express ourselves anyway
we want, especially through our culture. Another example of American domination would be electronics. Everywhere around us
everyone has a phone, tablet, etc., including myself. Electronics are just another way of adapting into this non-Native world. When you
think about it, our ancestors never had anything like an iPhone for them to send a message. They had to travel, not with a vehicle, but
on horseback to get that message to the other person. My own people have adapted into this non-Native life and have seen everything
No matter what we change about our selves or adapting into this non-Native world, we are still Native Americans who hold on to all
the teachings that were taught to us. For me, I’ve changed and seen so many different things that aren’t part of my culture. But the
way I see it is I’m still that same girl who was taught everything about her culture and to this day I am still learning more about it. In
giving back to my culture I am going to school and getting an education for myself. From everything that my ancestors went through
to get me this far, I won’t let them down. Nothing can change who I am, despite what my tribe and other tribes go through, we are all
still native people who are still here in this non-Native world practicing our traditions, learning more about our culture and teaching
younger generations about it.

Indian Leader Vol. 120 Issue 10

November 22, 2017 - 11:56am

Here is the full PDF version of the Indian Leader Volume 120 Issue10 PrintFINAL

Indian Leader Celebrates 120 Years

November 21, 2017 - 6:08pm

by Travis Campbell

The world’s oldest Native American student newspaper The Indian Leader celebrated 120 years
of publication with an evening of speakers followed by a brief reception in the Auditorium at

Lori Hasselman, former editor of the Indian Leader, speaking on the newspaper’s history. (Photo by Travis Campbell)

Haskell Indian Nations University.

The evening commenced with an honor song sung by Haskell’s own Ron Brave, followed by a
reading of the mayoral proclamation declaring November 8th, 2017

to be “Indian Leader Day” in
Lawrence by Allen Stephenson. Stephenson was followed by remarks on the importance of maintaining
a Native American presence in journalism by Dr. Venida Chenault, President of Haskell
Indian Nations University.

Fellow journalists and media personalities also gave video congratulations to the newspaper,
many included other tribal newspapers, representatives from the Native American Journalists Association
and local radio personality Lazlo of 96.5 The Buzz in Kansas City.

A brief history of the newspaper by former editor, Lori Hasselman. Kevin Abourezk of Indianz.
com was the featured speaker at the event.

Abourezk spoke about his own experiences in journalism beginning with his interest in writing as
a young child. He went on to discuss his time at the University of Nebraska and his career with
the Lincoln Journal Star in Lincoln, Nebraska,

Indian Leader staff pose with Kevin Abourezk. (Photo by Michael Begay)

before joining in 2017.

The staff of the Indian Leader would like to extend a special thanks to faculty advisor, Rhonda
LeValdo, without whose tireless efforts, experience, and determination achieving this milestone
would not have been possible

Does Artistic Merit Outweigh Outrage at Artist’s Crimes?

November 21, 2017 - 6:03pm

by Travis Campbell

One of Secondine’s paintings currently on display at the Haskell Library.

In light of the sexual harassment and issues going on in politics and, there is a small discussion on an artist’s work
and their past crimes. Don Secondine, Jr., a noted Cherokee artist and Haskell Indian Junior College alum, has two
paintings on display in the library at Tommaney Hall and others in storage. Unbeknownst to many, in 2009 Secondine
was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to aggravated indecent liberties with a
child, according to a July 14, 2009 article in the Lawrence Journal-World.

Secondine, remains a well-known painter who studied under Dr. Richard “Dick” West at Haskell in the 1970s. West, a World
War II veteran, is best remembered for his mastery of Plains-style flat painting in which he began working under the tutelage
of Acee Blue Eagle at Bacone University in Muskogee, Oklahoma in the 1930s. The influence of both Blue Eagle and West are
readily apparent in many of Secondine’s works.

How do students and staff feel about having Secondine’s work on display? Does the nature of the artist’s crimes outweigh the
artistic merits of his work?

Carrie Cornelius, acting director of the library stated that she had begun discussions with the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum
to discuss options for replacing Secondine’s work with others from the collection. Cornelius as well as David Titterington,
Haskell Art Instructor, indicated an interest in displaying work from current Haskell students in the library.
In the course of interviews conducted with Haskell students it does not appear as though many of the student body are aware of
Secondine’s crimes, but the prevailing opinion is one of indifference with students remarking that even the disturbed can create
beautiful works of art.

For the time being, Secondine’s work remains on display in the library

Indian Leader Volume 120 #9

November 6, 2017 - 5:50pm

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Haskell Volleyball Returning to Association of Independent Institutions Conference

November 1, 2017 - 9:58pm
by Sean Parrish Haskell Volleyball will be returning to the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference tournament for post-season play. The team finished with a 3-2 record in the A.I.I.  conference.  The team will be heading to Lincoln, Illinois for their first match. The other teams in the tournament are:  College of the Ozarks, Kentucky Christian University, and Lincoln Christian University, who is the host site for the tournament.

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

Haskell Volleyball Team (Photo by Michael Begay)

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

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

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

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

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

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

At Graceland University they lost, 2-3.

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

Campus Lockdown and the Importance of E2 Alerts

October 30, 2017 - 8:49pm

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

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

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

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

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

Homecoming Royalty Announced

October 20, 2017 - 2:15pm

By Travis Campbell

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

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


Dining Off-Campus: Affordable Options for Haskell Students

October 18, 2017 - 8:58pm

By Travis Campbell

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Wind River” Movie Review

October 10, 2017 - 6:24pm

Chris Talkalai

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

Domestic Violence is NOT our Tradition

September 28, 2017 - 8:26pm

By Sean Parrish

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

Mallory Black, communications manager for Stronghearts Helpline

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

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

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


2nd Annual “EXPERIENCE HASKELL” coming in October

September 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

By Sean Parrish

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

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

Saving the Monarch butterfly population One tag at a time

September 27, 2017 - 6:33pm

By Sean Parrish

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

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

Catching the Monarchs

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

Eco-Ambassadors learned how to tag the butterflies

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

A few of the monarchs that were caught and tagged

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

“IT” Movie Review

September 25, 2017 - 8:23pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haskell Indian Leader Vol. 120 Issue 7

September 21, 2017 - 1:08pm

If you can’t get your hands on a print copy here is the digital copy!

Volume 120 Issue7Print

Tom SpottedHorse: 27 years of service at Haskell ends

September 21, 2017 - 10:35am

Tom SpottedHorse with current residential assistants and student residential assistants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indian Leader and Haskell News Reporters Recognized at National Journalism Conference

September 15, 2017 - 5:15pm

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

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

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

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

The listing of the awards:

Third Place
Shana Lombard
Haskell News, First year at Haskell

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

Second Place
Terrence Littlejohn
Haskell News, Haskell mascot

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

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

Second Place
Lori Hasselman
Haskell Indian Leader, The Invisible Student

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Place
Rustie Anglin
Haskell Indian Leader, Educating Native students

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

General Excellence in Student Coverage
Haskell Indian Leader

Roof on Hiawatha Hall finally being repaired

September 15, 2017 - 4:19pm

By Allen Stephenson

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

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

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

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