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November 18, 2019 - 5:26pm

Thanksgiving is a weird holiday for Indigenous people. We like the food but are not so sure about the outcome. The core purpose is gratitude, which we can all agree on. I wanted to honor my Indigenous blood by remembering a great leader. This Thanksgiving I write about Lozen, who was a female warrior and prophet of the Chihenne Chiricahua Apache people. She is known for her bravery and skills in warfare. She fought alongside Geronimo. She is the sister of Victorio, an Apache chief, who is quoted as saying “strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people.” I think the qualities that make a leader are empathy, courage, and trust, which Lozen is noted to have.

Primarily, Lozen was made a leader through her intelligence and her Brother, Victorio, who led raids against early Americans who had encroached on their homeland, west of New Mexico’s Black Mountain. She is remembered as having ushered women and children across the Rio Grande during an American led attack. Her empathy for others earned her the gratitude and respect of those she served and saved. Sadly, some would say every Indigenous person in those days were born-leaders because there was a cause; extermination. Those who had the courage to fight back and take the mantle of leadership are the legends. Lozen is legendary for doing this. Her courage to fight for her people and culture separated her into a category with whom she shares space with figures like Joan of Arc and Geronimo. Anglo-Saxon culture sometimes refers to Lozen as “The Apache Joan of Arc.”

Notably, Lozen was an effective leader because people trusted her. She was known as a powerful medicine woman and prophet among her people. She is said to be able to use her mystical powers in battle. It is said that she would have supernatural knowledge of the enemy’s location and movement. Effective leaders always have a higher power to derive from. From Gandhi to Jesus Christ, the ability to acknowledge, tap in, and understand the forces that are widely unknown is a huge component, especially when that ultimate force is benign. In God we trust.

Ultimately, I believe Lozen was a good leader. I imagine her as being a loner. Her perspective and abilities made her able to help her people. I feel sorry for her because the opposing force was just too strong. Lozen died in 1889 at the age of 49. Her name is remembered and her stories are told. We can still learn from her actions today. When genocide comes, what would you do? Lozen shows us to fight, endure, and, most of all, care.

This Thanksgiving, do not forget the most important reason why we gather, share, and eat, it is to care. We are given the opportunity to care about one another and be grateful for all the good things we have. Many of those things did not come for free. Remember Lozen this November


Listening to the Voices of Native Women

November 18, 2019 - 5:25pm

At the University of Kansas, professor and Native scholar Sarah Deer, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, held her presentation Sovereignty of the Soul: Centering the Voices of Native Women. Deer voiced her findings and research in her presentation on various topics concerning Native rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights. This presentation was not limited to these topics but framed the flow of the conversation Deer was having with her audience. Before initiating her presentation, Deer made it clear that her work and understandings of these topics are coming from her perspective. She told the audience that not all Native people think the same way and she could not speak for all Native people.

The content that was relayed during this presentation weaved together multiple topics. An issue that takes center stage is that Native people, especially Native women, are not given the seat at the table to voice their concerns. Deer elaborated more with examples throughout our history. She described how Native peoples are seen as merely as individuals, that our earlier forms of Native existence had magically disappeared. She believes in the importance of celebrating the accomplishments of the many women throughout history who have been overlooked by the focus of men. Deer also talked about the issues she witnessed firsthand with her clients when she was practicing law. Most of her clients were Native women who had encountered rape or other forms of sexual violence. She communicated the devastating trauma, underrepresentation, and violence that she witnessed with her clients.

Through her presentation, Deer made the case to her audience that Native voices need to be prioritized if we, as a society, are to address the complex issues that Native people face today


Haskell Campus Clubs

November 18, 2019 - 5:23pm
United Pueblo Club

Wednesday 5pm

To set meeting to help members with school work, help coup with homesickness. As well as participate in pueblo events throughout the semester. In doing so, members will help fundraise for events, volunteer hours to the university and the community.

Alfred Willie III, alfred.willie@haskell.ed

Rhonda LeValdo, Media Communicaations, 785-749- 8442,

Boxing club

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6:30

To learn fundemntals of boxing and to teach confience and self defense

London Summers,

Yosh Wagner, Trio ext. 405, mwagoner@haskell. edu

Phi Sigma Nu

Wednesday, Stidiam

Empower Native men to engage in academics, social, cultural and physical realms

Thomas Berryhill,

Joshua Arce, IT 749-8482 Ex 482,, Pontiac

Dine Club

Monday, Tommaney Hall (Library)

To explore the Dine roots of our ancestors and share our ideology to non-Dine and Dine students on and off campus. As a club we want to engage with on-going campus activities for exposure that leads our club and members opportunities

Autumn Powell,

Manny King, Guidance Counselor 785-749-8447,, OK Hall, rm 2023

Gamma Delta Pi Sorority

Sunday, 7pm Roe cloud 1st floor study room

The purpose of Gamma Delta Pi is to create a sisterhood on campus which promotes Indigenous women to support each other socially and academically as well as to promote community involvement, community service and to represent Haskell as well as our own Native nations in a positive way.

Rissa A Garcia-Prudencio,

Danelle McKinney, Student Rights, 7857498415,, Pushmataha

AISES (American Indian Science and Engineer Society)

Sunday, Thursday Alternating locations between KU Engineer Building and Haskell Campus

To have American Indians network in STEM related fields, so they can prepare to have a successful future after Haskell.

Sasheen Goslin,

Josh Arce, Josh Meisel, Information Technology, Geography, 749-8482 x482 , 393-8270 , jmeisel@

Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc.

Tuesday Roe Cloud Hall study room

The mission of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. is to create a strong sisterhood that will serve as a support for college women in today’s society. The sisterhood shall support its members in their individual journeys towards a balanced life. The Alpha Pi Omega woman will always strive for greater scholarship, honesty, leadership, service, and personal integrity. The Sorority will work to preserve our Native American traditions, for through celebration and practice of our cultural and spiritual heritage, we become one with each other.

Jamie Colvin,

Rhonda LeValdo, College of Humanities, 749-8442 x442,

Kansas National Education Association – Aspiring Educators (KNEA-AE)

Thursday Bi-Weekly, Parker Hall Rm 145

KNEA Aspiring Educators is a professional association for college students preparing to enter the education profession.Through its affiliation with KNEA, NEA and the NEA Student Program (NEA-SP), the KNEA-Aspiring Educators (KNEAAE) program provides college students with assistance, benefits, and professional resources. The association gives students the opportunity to learn – not only from each other – but also from a network of campus advisors and from the finest professionals in education.

Lorenzo Pino,

Jacqueline Boyd, School of Education, (785) 832-6685,, Parker Hall

American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)

Friday, Stidham

Prepare students to participate and compete in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s Annual Student Conference. This purpose will be supported by the goals of building a financial, educational, and influential team of students whom will represent Haskell in the 2020 Student Conference.

Susan Hawkins,

Joshua Arce, I.T. x482,, Poniac Hall

American Indian Healers of Tomorrow (AIHTx)

Wednesday, Roe Cloud study room/ Wiona Study room/ Library

Connect students to experiences and volunteer opportunities so that they can explore the healthcare field.

Sierra Pen,

Patti Wakolee and Laura Rice, SSC- Student Success Center 749- 8404 x275,, Sequoyah

Hall Haskell Handweavers

Tuesday Tommaney Hall RM 111

Educate Students on indigenous textiles

Carrie Cornelius, ASC, 785-832- 6659,, Tommaney Hall RM 102

Jared Nally,

Pocahontas Hall

Monday 7:30pm

To promote responsibility, growth as a student leader and to create good fellowship among the residents.

Keairah Urrutia,

Wonda Trujillo, Housing, 785-749-8465, wtrujillo@, Pocahontas Hall

Sigma Nu Alpha Gamma

Monday 5pm

To provide a fraternal brotherhood of support and encouragement to ensure Native American men can achieve their higher education goals, such as graduating, pursuing their educations, and representing their communities in a positive manner.

Sam Riding In,

Jimmy Beason II, AIS, 785-832-6613 x613, jbeason@, Parker Hall 127

Social Work

Wednesday 2:30 p.m.

To promote the social work profession through empowerment and advocacy of club members and the Haskell community.

Shanice Chatlin,

Melissa Holder, Faculty, 785-832-6634, mholder@, Sequoia 129

Haskell Pow-wow Association

Wednesday Tecumseh Gym, downstairs

Have a club to promote the songs and dancers of all the students who enjoy and want to participate in pow-wow’s.

Naomi Nevaquaya,

Manny King, University Services, 749-8447, OK Hall, room 2023

Off Campus Club

Tuesday, Wednesday Approximately 4 to 6 Pm

Plan Student activities and community involvement

Damon Williams,

Carlene Morris, Financial Aid Office, 785-749-8468,, Althea Eaton Mail Room

Haskell Worship

Monday, Stidham Union

To unify Haskell Students through fun, fellowship and food!

Priscilla Ortiz,

Raylene Hayes, NASS x611, raylene. Sequoyah

Native Knights of Iron

Tuesday, Roe Cloud

To promote health and fitness through LARPING, as well as getting students involved with campus activities and to help promote a positive image. The other purpose of this goal is to provide a group where students can feel at ease with other students and interact in a stress-free environment.

Uriah Little Owl,

Tyler Kimbrell Communications, 7858326680,, Ross Hall

Varsity Softball Club Monday, Tinker Hall

To be the business end of the Varsity Softball program and to raise awareness and pride of the Haskell Softball program and to give all students the opportunity to participate in Haskell Softball.

Velma Turner,

Gary Tanner, HSES, 7857498459 ex 233, Gtanner@, Coffin Complex 102

Alaska Club

Friday, OK Hall

Connect Students from Alaska together and share Our Cultures and Songs

Armando DeAsis,

Darla Harrison, Housing, (785)830-2721,, OK Hall

American Indigenous Business Leader

Monday, Blue Eagle 128.

Promote business leadership within Haskell.

Dreamer Greene,

Cheryl Chuckluck, Dean of Professional Schools, 7857498436,, Parker Hall


Team Players

November 18, 2019 - 5:00pm

How do you bring people together? This is the question Alaska Club had to ask itself as member attendance was at its low. Armando DeAsis tells The Indian Leader about the background behind their game night and their boost in attendance.

What was the reason for your game night?

“I was having problems with member turnout… On our practices and our meetings we’d regularly have five people show up… [At one of our meetings], we were talking… and someone brought up a good point, maybe people weren’t showing up because we weren’t actually doing something and we were just having song practices and so I was like fair enough…. I haven’t been planning anything because I was trying to get a grasp on being the president of a club, but I’d totally be willing to do something. So we started brainstorming and came up with an idea for a game night. The closest we could do it… was [November 1st]… The point of it was to promote ourselves a little bit. That was the reason for our game night, and just to show people that we could do it.”

Who were the other clubs you partnered with and why?

“I wanted to include [Haskell] Handweavers… just because I wanted to test out collaborating/working together with another group. I also brought in board game club, who isn’t an officially sanctioned club, but considering we were doing a game night I thought it would be the most appropriate club to include because they are all about just playing games.”

Did member heritage come into play selecting Day of the Dead as the theme for the event?

“The reason we came to the Day of the Dead theme was that it was going to be right after Halloween… I realized it was Day of the Dead…. I’m half Mexican… [Total] Three of [the executive committee] and one [other member] who is also Mexican. I thought it would be appropriate because that is the holiday that is going on, we were Mexican as well as Alaskan and a lot of what Day of the Dead is, like any holiday, especially one that is about remembering the people who have passed on, is to be with friends and family and to have a good time. It’s not mourning them it’s celebrating them. [Game night] was to just bring friends and family together to have a good time the day after Halloween.”

How did it feel to see players favor board games over video games?

“That was cool. I kind of expected it… Just in my experience more often than not I prefer to play games where I’m talking and interacting with people. That was super interesting to see [the videogames] being played for a while then all of a sudden there was no one touching [them]. I thought that was super cool. It gets back to the whole thing of people just wanting to be together and talk and have a good time and actually interact with each other.”

Finally, how successful was game night, and did it boost club attendance?

“I think we’ve had one practice since then, and more people showed up… We’ve had one new member and this was just the tip of the iceberg. The more we do events similar to this, we’ll eventually get a good snowball effect going where we continue to get more people. But, I think it was successful, I think getting at least one new member was huge and getting our current members to show up was even bigger so on that front I think it was very successful.”

For those interested in the clubs: Alaska Club meets on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm in the Osceola-Keokuk Hall Classroom (upstairs), Board Game Club meets on Thursdays at 5:00 pm at Ross hall in the writing center, and Haskell Handweavers meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Tommaney Hall Library room 111.


Featured Recipes

November 18, 2019 - 4:56pm

As often as we can, the Leader features recipes submitted by members of the student body. Whether you’ve just been itching to express yourself through the culinary arts, or just need a break from Curtis Hall. We’ve got you covered.

Whole Wheat Breadsticks

Time Needeed: Roughly 60 Minutes

  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 cups whole wheat flour
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 eggs (optional for added fluffiness)
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3Tbs melted butter

Mix the warm water and yeast in a separate bowl. Let the mixture rest for 5-10 minutes to proof the yeast (become foamy). Once proofed, add the egg(s) (optional), and gradually add the flour while mixing the dough thoroughly as you go. Depending on your mixture you may need more or less than 3 cups of flour so tailor the amount of flour as needed. *Tip: Read “Troubleshooting” for additional help working with dry active yeast.

Let the dough rest for 10 minutes with a wet paper towel over the top of the mixing bowl, it should increase in size up to about double at most. *Tip: Clean out mixing bowl prior to resting dough, and lightly coat the dough in olive oil to help keep from sticking. Prepare the sheet pan for the dough by lining with aluminum foil or parchment paper then set aside for later use.

After the dough has risen, knead/ roll dough into a rectangular flattened shape. Use a pizza cutter to easily cut the dough into even strips (roughly an inch in width). Twist the breadsticks to fit them to the shape of your sheet pan and lay them with as much space in between as you can fit. Add seasonings, toppings, cheese, etc. (Seasoning can be mixed into the dough and or sprinkled on top.) *Tip: If using aluminum foil, put olive oil on it to help the breadsticks from sticking to the sheet pan.

Let breadsticks rise for 10-15 minutes to increase fluffiness. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.

Bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown. After removing the breadsticks from the oven, add melted butter and any additional desired seasonings/toppings.



When proofing dry active yeast, adding a teaspoon of sugar can be useful. Yeast is a living organism and will feed off the sugar. If yeast doesn’t get foamy at all, try again with new yeast- don’t add it to the dough.

Yeast may not get foamy if the water is too hot or too cold, given it is a living organism, it is possible to kill it. Generally, if the water is a bit warmer than room temperature it works best. I’ll often use 1 cup slightly cold water and a half cup of hot water to get a good temperature. Breadsticks may be too salty if you add salt as a seasoning on top of salted butter. Unsalted butter can be great in the kitchen, but not always necessary

If you’re hesitant about all whole wheat flour or new to it, you can use 3 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour to lighten the mixture.

If you want to get very fancy, you can add crushed cloves of garlic to the butter mixture with seasonings and lightly heat it on the stove. You can also braid the breadsticks just because it looks cool. (:

Happy baking!


Bent at Bently

November 18, 2019 - 4:49pm

This is a work of opinion. The views expressed do not represent those of Haskell Indian Nations University or the Indian Leader. The subjective, naïve, and bias viewpoint is from that of the author only. For entertainment purposes.

In late October, I was invited to participate in the “Discover Bentley” program in Waltham, Massachusetts. The program is a three day visit to Bentley University for purposes of learning, questioning, and experiencing the campus and atmosphere of the historic institution. The program is exclusive to minorities. I was very excited to receive the opportunity to possibly further my education at such a prestigious institution. Their work placement upon graduating rate is very high, as are the beginning salaries for Bentley graduates in corporations. I was impressed. I was soon to be depressed.

Earlier in September, the “Discover Bentley” team had come to my school and was presenting in my class! I was ready and excited to meet them and get their insight. They were extraordinary. I agreed to do an interview with them afterwards where I presented myself and spoke of my life and personal perspective. All was well. I received a call a week later from their staff asking me to revise my resume and write more about myself in the essay that is part of the admission process. I did cheerfully. Naturally, a couple of weeks later I was sent a letter of acceptance by Bentley, airline tickets, and hotel reservations. I felt on my way to sure success. I took exams early. I asked for days off of work (I clean up after the butchers at the local supermarket, part-time). It was time to explore my future and I hoped Bentley would be what they said they could be.

I have crippling anxiety at the airport. Flying in airplanes is a huge ordeal for me. I arranged for some special “prescription” help and was on my way. Luckily, I was traveling with one other person from Haskell Indian Nations University, a friend of mine nonetheless! We left Lawrence, Kansas at four in the morning. I went to bed early, my companion did not sleep at all. We were in the air by six and watched the sunrise from above the clouds. Everything was great. We landed in Boston. This is when things began to feel strange to me. The itinerary had said a limo service would be at the airport to take us to our hotel, The Marriott. After finding the driver, we waited another hour and a half for two more participants to land and join us. We were tired and hungry and worse, the vehicle awaiting was a plain town car, not a limo. This specific limo service they used actually owned no limousines in their fleet. I know what you are thinking, “stop being an a**hole J.C.” and you’re right. I admit fault by having expectations that a limousine service would be driving me to an Ivy League institution in an actual limousine. My bad. Nonetheless, this set the tone for my discovery into Bentley.

Upon arriving at our hotel, we were greeted by the Discover Bentley team, an eclectic group of female students who either were attending or had attended Bentley, much like student ambassadors at Haskell. We walked through the doors wearily with our luggage and lag. Our rooms were not yet ready. We were tired and hungry. The Bentley team had arranged an assortment of fun-size bags of potato chips and cookies. My companion asked if we could get something more substantial, as by this point we had traveled very far with little access to food. He was told we could walk around and look for a sandwich shop. One of the team had pity on us and said she would look into getting us some sandwiches. No sandwiches ever arrived. We did get access to our room first, as we were the first to arrive. Other colleagues were still traveling in, so my companion and I had about an hour to recoup from the journey. We were the lucky ones. Some students did not get to check into their rooms. They received no opportunity to rest, refresh, or eat a proper meal. Immediately after the last arrival, we were taken to the campus.

Running on a handful of Cheetos, we looked at the materials given to us by the team. It included a detailed itinerary, the first time any of us had seen what they had scheduled with our time. The rest of the day was scheduled until 10:30 pm with classes. They had to be joking? Had they no consideration for our disorientation, acclamation, and jet-lag? At least the fed us, finally. A fine meal of fajitas. We sat together in a room, all twentytwo participants. The administrators of the program were present. We introduced ourselves to each other and made small talk over chips and salsa. A former Haskell student was present. She sat with us and we asked her about her experience at Bentley. She gave the scoop that it was tough, but worth it. She is a real person and I was happy to see her. Dinner was too short. Before long, we were put into groups and escorted to actual Bentley classes in session. These classes were two and a half hours each. We were scheduled to attend two of them.

It was daunting. My companion was falling asleep in classes. I could not focus. While switching classes, I could not find our guide and got lost. I wandered through the buildings and encountered other participants of the program equally as confused. Where were the team? Why was I wandering through this strange place? At this point I had been awake for nineteen hours and was exhausted, irritated, and alone. I waited for the time that our shuttle would arrive to take us back to our hotel so I could take a shower. The Bentley team said they had pizza waiting for us at the hotel. Everyone was excited to eat and recharge. The Bentley team had ordered three large pizzas for twenty-two adults. I did not eat that night. The level of incompetence was staggering. Such simple tasks were not being completed. Most of all, I felt my wellbeing was not being taken into account. I began to question Bentley University and the situation I found myself in. If these people were the product of Bentley and they were making such errors in management, prioritization, and accommodations then what did that say about the institution? This program was my first impression and they were losing me. The next day was worse.

I made a career ending mistake. I slept in by accident. My digital clock had not adjusted to the time zones automatically. I had overlooked that detail. Both my companion and I were an hour late! The team graciously sent us a car to meet up with the rest of the group, who by this time had finished their breakfast and were getting ready for informational meetings. The informational meetings pertained of all of the same information, handouts, and scripts that I had already heard when their emissaries came to my class at Haskell. When my companion and I arrived, we were confronted by one of the Bentley team who berated us for being late. We were told that our dedication had been diminished and that we should apologize to the entire group. This is where I drew the line. Accidents happen and in an actual professional setting, yes, this would be frowned upon, but no moral lesson or public apology is necessary. I had rearranged my life to attend this event. Did she not take that into account? I did not apologize to anyone. I was their guest and they had forgotten that. My excitement fled at that moment. My dream of what I thought Bentley University was and its opportunity was over. The other Bentley team did not greet or acknowledge us the whole morning. We were outcasts. I felt very uncomfortable being there. The only saving grace for the group was their supervisor, a kind woman who noticed my unease and offered a car back to the hotel. She was my angel that day. She was the only person that I felt saw me as a person and not only a prospect. That night the group was slated to be set loose on Harvard Square in Cambridge. I did not attend. I spent the night in my hotel room. Asleep and content.

The next day I did not exist. I was not accounted for. One of the Bentley team even announced my absence to the group to which I corrected her. I was clearly there, sort of. We had two errands left on our agenda and then we would be off to the airport that afterlunch. The first was a tour of the campus. I found it totally backwards that we were finally receiving a proper tour of the campus in our final hours. I had already spent precious time wandering around the buildings in a fatigue-induced delusion. This information would have been useful earlier on. We did not get to see the whole campus, just the buildings that concerned us and our degrees. My favorite part of the tour was when we went to the library and it was locked. The level of incompetence no longer surprised me. I was agitated and done with this trip. It was not what I expected at all. The last event on our agenda was an open house. Representatives from a dozen organizations had tables under a white tent top.

I walked past every table. Nobody spoke to me and I spoke to no one. I did ask for some free “swag” at the registration table. A woman looked at me unkindly and told me that the “swag” was not for the Discover Bentley group. I expected nothing less. A last meal was to be served with all attendees. Many people in my group were confused and lost as to where the brunch would be served. The Bentley team had reverted to shouting orders at us. They led us down wrong hallways and were constantly miscommunicating with each other. I had no guidance or instruction as to where to sit. My anxiety kicked in and I opted to sit in the hallway, to which a passing Bentley team member snarled that I should be inside the dining hall. I felt like a child.

Finally, the time came to leave. I could not get on the shuttles fast enough. The girl who had berated me for being late kept trying to say goodbye, as if we were friends, as if we had made some connection that required a heart-felt adieu. I bid her farewell with the nod of my head. I had not had a good time. I had not seen anything impressive. I felt I had wasted my time. I am a busy man and to clear my schedule takes much effort. I wish them well, but I know my destiny is not at Bentley. I learned a lot about what I do not want. I do not want to be a faceless cog in a capitalist machine. I do not want to have to wear a plastic smile as part of my work uniform. I do not want to make other people rich. I do not particularly want to live on the East Coast. The only thing I discovered from the “Discover Bentley” program was that I would rather go to law school.

I am grateful that they took the time and spent the money to get me out there, I truly am. They kept telling us that they were looking for the best of the best, which I am. Someone should have told them that to get the best of the best, you must be the best of the best. I hope this does not dissuade anyone from looking into Bentley University for their own academic route. I hope I have not offended any alumni or current students. This is a simple retelling of my experience.


Stories of the Supernatural

November 18, 2019 - 4:44pm

These tales are taken from personal accounts, witness testimony, and convincing retellings. Any likeness is coincidental. For entertainment purposes only. Reader discretion is advised

Deer Woman of Haskell

The Deer Woman is a woodland cryptid from the eastern Woodlands and Central Plains tribes. I have always heard tales of this creature being evil. Much like the Celtic mermaids, Deer Woman seeks to lure unsuspecting men to their death. It is said she is attractive and alluring, but if you look closer you will see horns atop its head and hooves where feet should be. Hormonal men are lured away from other people by the sight of the lovely creature. They assume she is a human female getting their attention for sex and companionship. When the man has followed Deer Woman far enough she will turn on him, devouring his flesh to appease her monstrous appetite. There are two tales of a Deer Woman being present on the Haskell grounds.

The first tale is that of a security guard patrolling the pow-wow grounds in the dead of winter. He noticed a female wrapped in a blanket walking in the dark and snow near the tree line by the Indian Health Services buildings. He pulled his vehicle up so his lights were shining on the figure, who had her back turned to the guard. The officer began to walk out into the snow after her. He was about to holler something at her when he stopped and went cold. The tracks leading to the woman were footprints, they were hooved prints. The guard was familiar with the Deer Woman legends and slowly backed up towards his vehicle. He sped off feeling lucky that he had seen the prints in the snow before he went any further.

The second story is said to place in the 1960’s or 70’s at the Haskell Memorial Stadium during a football game. It is said the stadium was packed on an autumn night. Many fans were out cheering for the Haskell Braves. One of the attendees was not human. The crowd noticed that one among them was very different. Again, described as wearing an Indian blanket over most of her body. She took to her Cervidae legs and ran up the steps to the top of the stadium. Onlookers witnessed her drop from the top of the cement seats, around80 feet, to the ground where the Osceola-Keokuk parking lot is now. She then ran off into the night. Was she there to lure young indigenous men into the night? Was she only looking for the comfort of people in a crowd? The answers are uncertain.

For most Deer Woman is an unwelcome creature. I am a single, handsome, and strong male. I am her prey of choice. I will be extra cautious following any beautiful maiden into the night. I advise my brothers and sisters to do the same.

If you or someone you know has had a paranormal, supernatural, or preternatural experience at Haskell Indian Nations University and would like to share your story please contact Joe Singh at joseph.singh@


Haskell Cross Country

November 8, 2019 - 4:28pm

The Haskell cross country season conference meet is just around the corner. Coming to the race is rival College of the Ozarks as they seek to take away the title away from the reigning champions. Asking the Haskell runners if they are ready for conference and what needs to be fixed before entering the race, Max Tuckfield, junior, Inupiaq responded “yeah I think we’re ready. Coach believes in us. I think we need to keep on being disciplined and if we keep moving forward and visualizing then we can take first and bring some pride to our school and our ancestors.” Tuckfield’s response on what needs to be fixed as a team. “Just the budding heads when people have conflicting opinions about certain things we just need to take our nose to the grindstone and put our pride and ego to the side and to be there for each other.” 

On the women’s side Hannah Harvey, Junior, Navajo had responded: “yeah both teams are ready for conference, we have been training hard doing all the workouts and putting the work.” The problem that needs to be fixed before conference Harvey stated, “actually believing in one another and in the team. Just making sure that we are there for each other when we need to be, especially if they’re having an off day.” 

The conference meet will be held here at the Haskell Billy Mills trail on November 9, 2019.


Haskell Homecoming in Pictures

November 2, 2019 - 1:51pm

A Just Transition

October 31, 2019 - 3:32pm

On October 22nd 23rd, and 24th 2019, Haskell Indian Nations University hosted the Indigenous Just Transition Assembly organized by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). Over 100 Indigenous leaders and organizers from around the country met to discuss the importance of making a Just Transition from an unfair, capitalistic, and carbon-based economy to one that is ecologically sustainable, equitable, and just. There are many goals and principles being strived for. The following exemplifies some of the main issues being discussed.

  • Indigenous-based green economy
  • Native energy justice and democracy
  • Clean energy and energy efficiency
  • Green, affordable, and energy efficient homes
  • Community-based health care and healing centers
  • Sustainable community-based planning
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Meaningful work and localized community-building jobs

IEN is a grassroots organization that was established in the 1990’s by Indigenous people and other individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues. Since then, there have been annual meetings across the continent. The framework and policies brought forth are meant to be implemented for all communities but is especially tailored for Native communities. As a group of people who have been severely oppressed by a profit-driven, growth-dependent and industrial society; we are responsible for acknowledging the need for a local, tribal, national and global shared-vision towards a new economy based on living in balance with the natural systems of Mother Earth.

Tom Goldtooth, coming from the Dine Nation of Arizona and also Bdewakaƞtoƞwaƞ Dakota of Minnesota, is the executive director of IEN. Along with many others, he was paramount in establishing the IEN in 1996 and organizing the assembly at HINU this year. He was able to answer some questions and provide some words of wisdom.

How long have you been with IEN?

I was recruited by environmental youth and elder organizers in 1991, the year after the grassroots idea of environmental justice was formed. Winona LaDuke was one of them that came to talk to me. There was a leadership summit in Washington D.C. [and] they invited me to where many people were working to make a network of Indigenous people for environmental justice. I was working as a director of Environmental Protection for an Anishinaabe tribe at the time. At first, I refused to go the conference because the work is with the people and I did not want to work at the international level. [Winona] convinced me and I am really glad she did because I met a lot of really good [grassroot organizers]. So, in 1996, we finally hired our first staff for IEN and that was me.

How well do you think this assembly went for the Just Transition aspect?

I am really impressed with the assembly. I am mindful and respectful of the diversity within Indian Country. It’s like the tree of life where every leaf is unique. So doing anything on the scale that we envision is tricky. There are many questions involved. This was actually the first gathering where we were able to invite a cross-representation of different people. I feel really good: people are ready to engage and make movements to make a change for the future; to see what the plan is for our Indigenous communities. I am especially grateful to see the younger generation articulating the importance of, not only the work we are doing now, but also the teachings handed down by our elders.

What are some plans for the Indigenous Environmental Network?

As IEN, we are definitely going to keep listening and building the network. On a community level, we want to develop a community based and driven training toolkit on Just Transition principles, so tribes can be self-sufficient. This calls upon decolonization. For academic spaces, we want to make a curriculum for tribal colleges and see that students are more involved and educated about the importance of Just Transition.

Was this meant to be a nationwide movement or community-based?

I think the concept of how the “spokes and wheels” is put together should happen organically. This will happen with continual assemblies and conferences like what has happened here. Historically we have not been able to have our own voice because of colonization. Many policies have imposed their governance over us without any consultation. Now we are trying to go back to the tradition of how our tribal leadership used to operate; one aspect to that is instead of individuality thinking, we need to think as a community. The internalized oppression we experience can sometimes cause us to be our own worst enemies. So starting with healing ourselves then reaching out to the community is the idea. Eventually other people from other communities will follow suit. This has already been happening. But the work is not over.

Do you have any advice for younger generations?

The biggest thing is reaching out to others and having an open dialogue on what needs to happen. That would include reaching out to other students and seeing what they are thinking about and even reaching out to school leaders like Dr. Dan Wildcat. It would be tremendous to encourage a student working group on an Indigenous-based Just Transition. Me and IEN members are willing to come back [to HINU] and help in any way we can. As stated before, there were many different people from diverse backgrounds who were able to participate in this assembly. Siqaniq Maupin, from the Inupaiq tribe, came all the way from Fairbanks, Alaska. She was able to answer some questions about the event.

When it comes to social change, what are some things you are most passionate about?

One of the biggest things is seeing more equitable living in Indigenous communities. Since I was young, I struggled in poverty. When you grow up in that kind of environment, there is this ripple effect that is transferred to mental health and other aspects of living. When I hear about how my ancestors lived, where they didn’t have to worry about murder, abuse or struggling paycheck to paycheck; that’s what I’m most excited about that my kids or grandkids can live that reality.

How was your time at Haskell Indian Nations University?

It was really good. I actually almost applied here when I was younger but ended up not going for it. So coming to this campus and being at a different time in my life really reminds me of where I am and where I have come from. It is also really inspiring to see this campus, once used to dismantle our culture, now being used to empower it.

How was the experience of Indigenous Just Transition Assembly for you?

The experience has been really great. I was excited to be on a tribal campus because most of the conferences I attend are held at a bigger conference or a hotel. Here I was able to be with students and the Indigenous people of this land. So, I think just having it in a place where it’s more equitable and grassroots makes a difference in the atmosphere. Also seeing a lot of people who have made a difference in Indigenous rights with the youth and elders, was more impartial than I have seen in other Just Transition circles.

Are there any other organizations that you are also a part of?

Yes, there are many (laughs). I am a committee organizer with Native Movement, which is a grassroots nonprofit that helps uplift marginalized and Indigenous voices in Alaska. There are many others I am a part of but that is the main one.

What are the next steps for you when it comes to the principles of Just Transition?

I have been really inspired to do more with the community I am currently in. Also trying to support more of the organizing that is already happening there. For instance, I am considered an urban Native. So instead of trying to become the perception of what “Native” is supposed to be, I would like to reach out to others who feel just like me and finding a collective voice. My next step is to start doing more grassroots organization in my community even if that’s not in a traditional sense.

Based upon your experience, is there any advice for Indigenous youth who would like to be a part of grassroots organizations?

For me, when growing up I have always felt things were wrong almost every day of my life. Seeing the injustices I would see happen… I realized we all have the power to do something about it. Whether you live on your traditional land or not, are Indigenous or not, a person of color or not; you have strength. There is strength in your voice and words. You can do what other people who are being uplifted on social media platforms are doing. There are people all around the world doing this work. Even though they may not be shown in the light, they are making a significant difference. So, don’t think it’s unattainable to be where [leaders and organizers] are.

On the last two days of the assembly, the It Takes Roots (ITR) organizers held the spotlight to speak about their concerns on what it will take to achieve a Just Transition. [The] ITR movement is a collaboration between various grassroots organizations from around the country. These include the IEN, Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ). From the IEN website, ITR is described as: “…a multiracial, multicultural, multi-generational alliance of networks and alliances representing over 200 organizations and affiliates in American Indian traditional and tribal Native lands in U.S., grassroots organizations from all 50 states, First Nations in Canada, and front line community groups in the provinces, and territories which are led by women, gender nonconforming people, and peoples of color, which is the outcome of years of organizing and relationship building that addresses our diversity and unique cultures.”

The collaboration started with the organizing for the People’s Climate March in 2014 and still continues. Last year, It Takes Roots participated in IEN’s Protecting Mother Earth Conference in Nisqually, WA. It is very important to see collaborations like this to continue pushing for Just Transition Principles.

These past few years have seen many pushes by grassroots organizations like IEN, CJA, and GGJ against the systemic principles imposed upon us. The assembly that was held at HINU is one step toward transitioning to the Indigenous principles we have set for ourselves. Even though it will take much more work within respective communities, the continued discussion on our corresponding goals will make all the difference. There are many networks and organizers who are more than willing to help in the struggle to restore our indigenous lifeways of responsibility, duty, and respect to the Mother Earth. As we begin to lift each other up and make sure everyone is on the same page, things will begin to fall into place. If there is one thing to take from this assembly, it is that you are more than able to do your part in providing to your community. There are countless people working every day to make sure our people thrive for many generations to come.


Renaissance Racism

October 31, 2019 - 3:10pm

On October 14th, the Haskell and Lawrence communities celebrated “Indigenous People’s Day”, meanwhile, “Discovery Day” was being celebrated by knights, medieval folk, faeries, Norsemen, pirates and more at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Derived from the Discovery Doctrine, “Discovery Day” celebrates Christian colonization and the sublimation of nonChristian communities around the world.

Since the Renaissance Festival romanticizes the Middle Ages for entertainment, it dismisses the trauma endured by cultures and communities affected by colonialism; many groups like the Native Americans still see the effects today. The majority of Native communities were forced to relocate because of colonization, and the “Discovery Day” celebration took place on the seized lands of the Wazhazhe [Osage], Kaw [Kansa], and the Očeti Šakówiŋ [Sioux] because of it ( The festival also appropriated many symbols of Native American culture. “New Age” shops were selling two-foot dream catchers wrapped in bright blue and purple terrycloth yarn with flowers, feathers, and gems in the webbing; apothecaries monetized the practices of smudging, selling kits of white sage alongside abalone shells. One fantasy costumer in a dark cloak had a magic staff with a dream catcher hanging off the end tying Native American spirituality to magic.

Other groups were also subject to the racism of the festival. Many colonized cultures were represented at the fair as a sort of “silk road.” Festivalgoers could find Japanese umbrellas, throw “ninja stars”, smoke hookah, and ride camels. The most prominent displays of appropriation were among the Roma, who were pejoratively referred to as gypsies in many shops. These shops sold “Gypsy Coin Belts” that were worn by many women out of context for belly dancing; they were typically worn over short shorts or part of a woman’s pirate costume. The Roma have been and continue to be an oppressed group that suffered during the Renaissance; they have been victims of genocide, and continue to be persecuted today.

The Renaissance was the era of colonialism. The combination of the effects of colonialism and a romanticized history today destroys visibility of indigenous people and culture. Context and identity is being taken away, and is on display at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

For those interested in writing the festival to advocate for the change of “Discovery Day” please contact:


November Events

October 31, 2019 - 3:05pm

Haskell October Student Activities on Campus and around Lawrence

9am-4:30pm Ard/D Innovation Collaborative Exhibition Opening Chalamers Hall, Third floor, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd.
7pm-10pm Open Mic Night with Megan Luttrell Kaw Valley Public House, 444 Locus St.

7pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. Tabor College Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex

7pm-8:30pm Buffalo Soldiers of the 1890s Watkins Museum of Natural History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
11:30am-1pm Collections Close up KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
11pm-12pm Blalock Movie Night Haskell Indian Nations University, Blalock Hall

6pm-9pm Fall Food and Drink Festival The Eldridge Hotel 701 Mass st.
7pm Environmental Awareness Haskell Indian Nations University Campus, Roe Cloud Hall

11:30am Haskell Women’s Basketball vs Dordt University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
7pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. Kansas Wesleyan University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
7:30pm-9:30pm David Hogg: Putting the USA over the NRA; what we must do Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Dr.

8am Cross Country Championship Conference Haskell Indian Nations University Cross Country Course, 155 Indian Ave.
10am Mindful Crafting with Artist Liza Mackinnon, registration email: Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
11am Frozen 2: Lunch with Elsa $20, 60 max people The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.
1pm Frozen 2: Meet and Greet with Elsa $8 cash only The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.
2pm-3pm Free State Brewing Company Production Tour Free, register at https://shop. freestatebrewing/tour contact number: (913)547-1060 1923 Moodie Road
2pm-4pm Holiday Nature Arts and Crafts Prairie Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.
4pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. Central Methodist University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
4pm-6pm Under 25 Open Mic Night S&S Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St.

8am Billy Mills 10k Haskell Indian Nations University Cross Country Course. 155 Indian Ave. Registration www.adastrarunning. com $50 after Oct 31st

Veterans Day
6am-12pm Mercury Transit Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
9am-4pm Hang12, Traditions Reconstructed- Kris Kuksi Edward Jones, 888 New Hampshire St. Suite C
7pm-8:30pm Keynote: Luc Malik Bensimon KU Memorial Union, the Parlors(third floor)
7pm-10pm Open Mic Night with Megan Luttrell Kaw Valley Public House, 444 Locus St.
7pm-12am Inside Art Talk: Stephen Johnson Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

1pm-2:30pm connecting Through Poetry and Prose Watson Library, Third Floor Haricombe Gallery, 1425 Jayhawk Blvd.
5:30pm Haskell Women’s Basketball vs Kansas Wesleyan University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex

8am- 5pm GIS Day Kansas University Campus, Kansas Union Fourth floor

3pm-5pm KU Anschutz and Watson Library Tours, meet at Haskell Library at 2:45pm Haskell Indian Nations University, Tommaney Hall
4pm Awards and Scholarship Ceremony Haskell Indian Nations University, Auditorium
5pm-8pm Drop in and Draw: Sketching Skulls KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.

7pm-8:30pm Blalock Bingo Night Haskell Indian Nations University, Blalock Hall

Handweavers Workshop, contact Jared Nally
10am-12pm Pop Up Science! Cell Biology KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
2pm-3pm Foundling, 100 portraits by Megan Rye of children adopted from overseas Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
4pm-6pm Under 25 Open Mic Night S&S Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St.
5pm Haskell Women’s Basketball vs Oklahoma City University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
5:30pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. Langston University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
6pm-10pm ARTRageous Art Gala 2019, submit or donate pieces contact Tyler Jones, Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

Handweavers Workshop Continued, contact Jared Nally
12pm Holiday Stop and Shop Craft Fair 1330 Kasold Dr.
3pm-4:30pm Voices in the Wind Writing Workshop with Carmen Moreno Lawrence Public Library. 707 Vermont St.
7pm-9pm Sunrise Project; Music, Poetry, and Performance feat: Carmen Moreno, Alex Kimball Williams, and Amado Espinoza 1501 Learnard Ave Ste. E

5:30pm Haskell Women’s Basketball vs MidAmerica Nazarene University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
7pm-9pm Blalock Study Night Haskell Indian Nations University, Blalock Hall
7pm-10pm Open Mic Night with Megan Luttrell Kaw Valley Public House, 444 Locus St.

7pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. College of the Ozarks Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex

6:30pm-7:30pm Ask the Experts: Digital Photography Panel Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
7:30pm-12am Science on Tap: Petroglyphs of Kansas Smokey Hills Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts St.

THURSDAY, November 21st
3pm-5pm KU Anschutz and Watson Library Tours, meet at Haskell Library at 2:45pm Haskell Indian Nations University, Tommaney Hall

10am-12pm Free Family Art Experience: Pixel Paint By Numbers Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

1pm- 4pm KU Carnival of Chemistry 1567 Irving Hill Road

7:30pm-9:30pm An Evening with writer, actor, director, and science advocate: Alan Alda. Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr.

7pm-10pm Throwback Thanksgiving: live DJ 90s-2000s 826 Pennsylvania St.

Thanksgiving day
8am RunLawrence Thanksgiving 5K Register at, TDay5k.html $20 before Nov. 21st , $28 after November 21st

4pm Haskell Women’s Basketball vs Hastings College Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex


K-State Indigenous Peoples Day

October 31, 2019 - 2:36pm

On October 14th, Kansas State University’s held its Indigenous People’s Day conference, “Asserting Sovereignty: Innovations and Battlegrounds.” K-State brought in two guest speakers, Sarah Deer, J.D. who presented “Sovereignty of the Soul,” and Susan Faircloth, Ph.D. who presented “Education as an Impediment or Imperative of Sovereignty?”

In “Sovereignty of the Soul,” Sarah Deer holds the federal government responsible for infringing on the sovereignty of tribal nations and the subsequent price Native women pay through the highest violence rates in America. Deer said that 84% of women experience violence and 97% of those crimes are committed by non-natives.

The Major Crimes Act of 1885 limited tribal authority to prosecute criminal cases, leaving many cases unprosecuted by the federal government. Deer said that 51.6% of Native women are sexually assaulted, a continuation of the use of rape as an instrument of war on Native Americans. Colonists claimed women’s bodies as property just as they claimed the land. But Native people have rights to individual sovereignty or the “Inherent power of a person to control and respond to one’s own internal and external relationships.”

Deer challenged her audience to protect their people fighting for sovereign rights. There are historic records that document that Native Americans had laws addressing rape and that instances were extremely low. Advocates, like Deer, fight to restore the sovereign right to uphold tribal laws. Progress on this front has slowly been made through new federal laws like the Violence Against Women Act of 2013. Deer’s message was clear. Until tribal sovereignty is recognized and Native women safe, there is still have much to fight for.

Susan Faircloth addresses educational sovereignty issues in her speech, “Education as an Impediment or Imperative of Sovereignty?” She believes that it is both. Historically education has been used against Native Americans. Boarding schools were created to re-educate Native American youth. The forced acculturation aimed to remove Native American identity. Without a Native Identity, how can Native Americans exercise sovereignty? Faircloth said that schools today still impede Native Sovereignty by teaching Native Students a statemandated curriculum that often excludes or inaccurately portrays Native American history.

However, education is a tool that can be used in different ways. Reclaiming education taught by Natives for Natives is imperative. Reservation schools can provide Native lead curriculums, and efforts can be made to connect culture and education. For example, Faircloth mentions Native-led math programs centered on salmon. She also provides examples of her efforts as a mother to exercise sovereignty for the education of her child. Many educators don’t see the effects of colonialism and how the curriculum is problematic for Native Americans. Re-education of revisionist history is imperative for Faircloth. By encouraging schools to hire specialists in cultural sensitivity and awareness, she believes this is doable.

Sarah Deer and Susan Faircloth only represented part of K-State’s Indigenous People’s Day conference. Momentum carried on throughout the afternoon with the theme of “Asserting Sovereignty.” These included film screening, breakout panels, and “Settler Colonial Realism: Historical Considerations for Contemporary Educational Sovereignty” by Meridith McCoy, Ph.D., and more.


Haskell Remembers

October 31, 2019 - 2:30pm

“To be born American Indian today is to have survived a holocaust of a very particular kind, one whose evidence is everywhere, all the time.”

-Dina Gilio-Whitaker

On Wednesday Oct.4th, over 40 students marched down Massachusetts Street, The students were joined with staff and local tribal people, all carrying and representing 40 or more Tribal Nation Flags. Each representing their cause; marching in honor of Indigenous Peoples day, representing MMIW Movement, AIM, holding No More Stolen Sisters Signs, red handprints across their faces, and all were wearing orange ribbons pinned to their shoulders and chest. For those who may not be familiar with the importance of orange ribbons carried with the slogan of ‘Haskell Remembers’ or Orange Shirts Day, here is some insight.

The incorporation of the orange ribbons began during Haskell Homecoming Week, which took place after the original Orange Shirt Day on September 30th and before Indigenous Peoples Day on October 14th. Thanks to donations of orange ribbons and supplies, a small group of students made approximately 200 ribbon pins. The Orange Shirt Day began with our First Nations relatives;

“…The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th …It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.” (Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters)

As American Indians and First Nations people we have all been affected by boarding schools and/ or residential schools, Our greatgrandparents, grandparents, and parents. We all live with lasting effects. But we now have the selfawareness, knowledge, and tools to heal ourselves, our families, and our communities.

It is important for Haskell to recognize the pillars that our University is built upon as well as celebrate what we have become. Former United States Indian Industrial Training School, Haskell Institute, and current Haskell Indian Nations University; our constant reminders are everywhere all the time, on the southeast side of campus there is a cemetery where children lay at rest. At the cultural center there is a pair of child-size handcuffs on display. Haskell does have a dark history, but also a continuing journey and legacy. In honor of our ancestors who had no choice in coming to school, we recognize that times are different now. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity at higher education. There are many alumni and students who are proud to be a Haskell Indian as they should. As Haskell students and alumni, it is our responsibility to honor the memory of the children who were sent to the original Haskell Institute, the children who survived, and the children who never returned home.



Stories of the Supernatural

October 31, 2019 - 2:22pm

These tales are taken from personal accounts, witness testimony, and convincing retellings. Any likeness is coincidental. For entertainment purposes only. Reader discretion is advised.

Author’s Note: Happy Halloween spooky people! For this edition of The Stories of the Supernatural I am going to get very scary. Remember that you are beautiful, capable, and powerful entities yourselves. Enjoy and happy haunting! Editor’s Note: This story contains mature content and mentions the physical, mental, and sexual assault that occured at Haskell in its boarding school years.

The Three to Stay Away From

The Haskell campus is a highly active paranormal place. Many entities pass through, visit, and reside here. Some are trapped, lost, and scared. Some are children. Some are ancient ones. Most are harmless and even, sometimes, helpful. There are three that I know of that are not good. Mind you, it is possible for someone to come to college with dark entities from home attached to them. In my experience, this is rare, as Haskell is a place of happiness, opportunity, and laughter. However, there are three that remain on this land and in these buildings that linger and can be malevolent. The white demon in Powhatan, the wandering wraith, and the unnamed evil in Hiawatha.

Powhatan has been used on occasion to house various people in different situations. A story was told of a student sleeping in one of the rooms of Powhatan. He was a large guy and was sleeping soundly until he felt someone sit on the end of his bed. He could feel the pressure on the mattress. He looked to see what it was. He gazed upon a hunched figure sitting at his feet. The specter was bone-white, completely hairless, and skeleton thin. It slouched and hung its head low, almost as if in remorse. A sadness emanated from the creature. The student did not care. He angrily yelled, “Get outta here!” At this point, the gaunt body turned to him and lunged. Its mouth was agape and its hands were poised to attack. The guy pulled his coverings over him and waited for the attack. It never came. He peeped his eyes over his blanket and saw nothing. The creature was gone. His room was as it had been before the encounter. He immediately leaped out of bed and ran for the Resident Advisors office to tell them what had just occurred. I feel this entity is demonic in nature, however, I feel sorry for it. I have been told that it is something that was never born and that it regrets the circumstances that led to its current state of mind and estate of its soul. It is thought to have migrated to Roe Cloud Hall.

There is an eight to nine foot tall, cloaked entity that wanders the campus. It is described as being shrouded in all black and hooded. It has been most frequently spotted in the dead hours of the night around Cutis Hall and Tommaney library. There is a crossroads of sidewalk that converges in that location, however, there are stories of it coming into rooms. This spirit has no boundaries which makes it troublesome. There is a story of a Resident Advisor having an encounter with this being. At around three in the morning, the campus worker was doing his rounds at Osceola-Keokuk dormitory. He saw the massive shadow figure turn to go down a hallway in front of him. He sped up his walking thinking that it was a student up to no good. When he turned the corner, he saw the black, smoky figure move away from him and head up the stairwell. The worker chased the mass. The wraith fled from him, always maintaining a lead, but retreating nonetheless. This story is comforting because it means the wraith is scared and shy. He has never attacked anyone, but he will come into your room at night. Maybe it is the Grim Reaper.

Hiawatha Hall has been closed for a long time. It is referred to sometimes as “The Church”. It is the building with the bell tower. Apparently, there is an evil that resides within the edifice. Staff members are afraid of what is in that building. People get sick feeling when they have to enter it. Fortunately, it seems confined to Hiawatha. Some say you can see it in the bell tower late at night. I have heard that it is the ghost of a priest that is there, but not a good priest. It is said that what is in there has perverted and twisted the word of God so much, that its soul has become just as gnarled. He is the ghost of the disgusting, disgraceful, and dreadful deeds are done when these buildings were used to assimilate Indigenous children. Unfathomable evil took place at that time. Children taken, beaten, raped, traumatized, and murdered are the rumors of what happened here. I am glad those times have gone. I would like to think that humanity has learned from such tragedy. Unfortunately, it appears there is one lingering memory of that time and it watches from the windows of Hiawatha Hall.

Do not make any attempt to contact these spirits. Do not seek them out. If they happen to cross your path, be strong. Remember that you are loved by the Creator. Your existence is proof that you are more powerful than them. Be not afraid.

If you or someone you know has had a paranormal, supernatural, or preternatural experience at Haskell Indian Nations University and would like to share your story please contact Joe Singh at joseph.singh@


Good Monster Movie Review

October 31, 2019 - 1:10pm
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

(Spoiler Free)

  • Release date: October 11, 2019
  • Directed by Vince Gilligan
  • Runtime: 2 hours 2 minutes

Good Monster Grade: B-

It was nice to return to the dark, desperate, and dry New Mexico of the Breaking Bad universe. For fans of the show this movie is a love letter. There familiar faces, settings, and scenarios, but do not expect this to be a Walter White story. This movie is all about Jesse Pinkman, Heisenberg’s young and reckless lab assistant and former student. It is good to see Jesse, but the state he is in is bad. I worried and rooted for him the whole film.

The movie picks up directly after we last saw Jesse escaping his captures. The movie deals with how traumatized Pinkman is from being kept in a cage for so long and being held captive by a group of neo-Nazis. This is largely a movie about a man on the run. The film takes place over the span of only a few days, which disappointed me.

I did find myself being bored a couple of times during my viewing of this film. I will not lie. Some scenarios felt very unrealistic and almost comedic. There was an obtrusive feeling of introducing new extreme things that I felt the picture did not need. I felt the ending was mediocre. In fact, that is the way I feel about the whole movie. As a fan, I am pleased, but if I did not have the emotional connections I had already made during my viewings of Breaking Bad, I would not care about this story or its characters.

It is a good watch and I was happy to see some of the characters from the show I loved so much. Shout out to Skinny Pete! He is a true homie.

Reviews for Doctor Sleep and Terminator: Dark Fate are coming up! Have a Good and safe Halloween my friends!!

This review contains explicit language and personal opinions. Reader discretion is advised

Zombieland: Double Tap

(Spoiler Free)

  • Release date: October 18, 2019
  • Directed by Ruben Fleischer
  • Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes

Good Monster Grade: B

What is this? A double dose of your pal the Good Monster! It is the Halloween edition after all, and in honor of Zombieland: Double Tap. You get a special second movie review! You are so special. Consider this a Halloween treat.

The Positives This film is enjoyable, much like the first (which was released in 2009). The chemistry between the main cast is still present.

The story picks up pretty quickly after the events of the first film. Our post-apocalyptic group of survivors, namely Columbus played by Jesse Eisenberg, Wichita acted by Emma Stone, Little Rock portrayed by Abigail Breslin, and Tallahassee executed beautifully by the one and only Woody Harrelson. The interactions between these characters is familiar, familial, and fun. Woody Harrelson stands out as the explosive character from Tallahassee, but they have given him more of a father role in this film, especially in relation to Little Rock. New Characters are added; Madison. Berkeley, and Flagstaff are notable. The Zombie kills satisfy. This film does a good job at being exactly what it is, a sequel to a decent zombie film…ten years ago.

The Negatives This film is too little too late. I have been wondering about this sequel for the last ten years and now that it is here, I find I am a different person. Too much has happened. I have moved on from Zombieland. Not to mention, I feel zombie fatigue set in a long time ago in America. I blame The Walking Dead television series, not the comic books. As I watched this movie, I could see the different versions of scripts they went through. Story lines are set up with little to no pay off. Oddly enough, I felt like I was watching a television series while I was in the theater. The zombies were not good enough. In this film they attempt to introduce a new zombie they refer to as “The T-800” in reference to the Arnold Schwarzenegger character in Terminator. These zombies are harder to kill, faster, stronger, and look exactly like every other zombie. You would not be able to tell them apart based on appearance from a regular zombie. I felt that was a missed opportunity to create a mind-blowing design. The “T-800” set aside, there was not enough zombie action in this picture for me. Most of our time is spent with the cast, but as I watched the film I could help but to think that I wanted more zombies, dong zombie stuff, and being zombie cool. I was deprived of this simple pleasure while watching a movie called Zombieland.

In retrospect, I am glad this movie was made. I am glad it exists and I am happy all of the original characters came back. Having said that, I do feel that most of the budget went towards hiring that original cast back and not into special effects and computer generated work. Definitely see this movie if you are a fan of the first. Do not show this someone who is new to the zombie genre. Make them watch good zombie movies like 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead, Zach Snyder’s version. Until next time my friends, hasta la vista baby. That was for you Flagstaff.

Reviews for Doctor Sleep and Terminator: Dark Fate are on their way. I hope you enjoyed this double-dose of Good Monster reviews. See you at the Cinema!

This review contains explicit language and personal opinions. Reader discretion is advised


A Day at the U

October 31, 2019 - 1:00pm

On Saturday, October 12th Haskell Indian Nations University held an event called, Day at the U, which highlighted the outstanding educational opportunities available at Haskell. Haskell provided 10 free classes with nine different Haskell professors.

Haskell invited the Lawrence community to take part in these courses for a day, more than 200+ community members showed up to take part in the event. Many of the attendees of the event have requested that the Day at the U event become an annual event at Haskell University, including Lawrence community member Karen Wiley. “ I so enjoyed the Day at the U event and hope it is the first of many community connection events at Haskell.”

Haskell student, Daryline Dayzie, who assisted with the Medicinal Plants at the Wetlands course with Haskell professor Dr. Chuck Haines stated that she had a very pleasant experience during the Day at the U event, “More people showed up then we had anticipated with more questions on how Haskell and tribal student work with the wetlands on a cultural level.”

Majesta Roach, a Junior in the American Indian Studies program, attended the ‘Bridging Cultures in Native American Art’ class taught by David Titterington. Roach said she enjoyed the course and learned some new things but wished that there were some more Haskell students and Native community members in attendance.

The Haskell Foundation said they were pleased to help sponsor the Day at the U and would like to thank all the professors, students and community members that volunteered to help ensure it was a success.


Emotional Support Animal Spotlight

October 31, 2019 - 12:56pm

Rascal currently resides over at Osceola-Keokuk Hall. He is a Tabby cat and is seven months old. He is described by his owner as “crazy, sweet, and outdoorsy”. He loves to be put on his leash and head onto the Haskell grounds. He enjoys playing with the hopping squirrels. As he is still a kitten, the fat Haskell squirrels make quite the playmates. He helps his mother with her stress and anxiety. He is especially key in preventing oncoming panic attacks for his owner. She will hold him and begin to feel at ease. That is a special bond. He is digging the college life. He is extremely popular and loves to be friendly. So if you see Rascal strutting around campus, feel free to say hello.


Featured Recipes

October 31, 2019 - 12:53pm

As often as we can, the Leader features recipes submitted by members of the student body. Whether you’ve just been itching to express yourself through the culinary arts, or just need a break from Curtis Hall. We’ve got you covered.

Traditional Italian Carbonara
  • 1 Box Spaghetti
  • 3 large Eggs(room temp)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano
  • 1 Clove Garlic(minced)
  • 1/2 cup Pancetta or thick Bacon

1. In a large pan being 6 cups of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and box of spaghetti.

2. While the spaghetti is boiling, Grate the cheese and mince the garlic.

3. In a medium bowl combine cheese and eggs, scramble with a fork and set aside

4. Cut any hard skin off the pancetta and cut into small cubes. If using bacon make sure to cut into small strips.

5. In a medium pan on medium heat place the olive oil and garlic until the garlic become fragrant. Then remove garlic from the pan.

6. Place pancetta or bacon into pan and cook until almost crispy and then remove from heat.

7. Once the spaghetti is fully cooked, remove from heat and drain.

8. Add drained spaghetti to the hot pan with the pancetta/bacon.

9. Working fast add the egg mixture to the spaghetti and pancetta pan. Stirring the eggs into the hot noodles to cook and making sure the pan isn’t too hot that it clumps the egg while cooking.

10. A creamy sauce should present itself when finished.

11. Serve hot with some freshly grated cheese on top.


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