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Congratulations Haskell Indian Nations University Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 Graduates 235 Graduates Total!

May 15, 2018 - 4:40pm

Haskell graduates

* – Fall 2017 Graduate
∆ – Summer 2018 Graduate

Cody Ganton Anderson
Robert Wayne Ankney *
Talia Sioux Anquoe *
Adler G. Aspaas-Montoya *
April Atchak
Jeremy Attocknie ∆
Kylee Sinclaire Autaubo
Robert Michael Gabriel Barraza *
Janeé Bates
Clayton Baxter
Brettnee Denise Beartrack-Jones
Patricia G. Beatty
Michael Robert Lupe Begay
Krystal J. Berryhill *
Shelsea Devonna Bia *
Hailee Vera Birdtail
Shanon Jo Black
Reginald L. Black Elk III ∆
Kayla Marie Bointy
Danielle Sabrie Boline
Georgia K.R. Boyer
Alicia Sherrill Brown *
Raven Dante Brown-Hill
Zachary James Bruns
Asia Harjo Budd
Alia Eryn Buffalohead
Jesus Campanero Jr.
Travis Alan Campbell *
William L.E. Candyfire *
Nicole Charley
Natasha Marie Goodfox Chenot
Tyler J. Claw
Lacey Jean Coleman
Jamie Kay Colvin *
Jessica Cook-Furst *
Justina Claire Coriz
Aliceson LaVillian Cournoyer
Joshua Alan Cox
Kaitlyn Michelle Cronemeyer *
Shailene Crowfeather *
Cheyenne Miyah Culley *
Shirley Cypher
Michael Scott Daniels *
Kristy Feather Daugherty
Elizabeth Lorraine Davey
Michael Dewayne Davis *
Daryline Pearl Dayzie *
Ronita C. Dazen
Miranda Rain DeHose
Kendra LaChelle Delk
Randa M. Deluna *
Dominique L. Demmert ∆
Yasmine Denny *
Gabriel B. Desrosiers Jr. *
Tristen Marie Devine *
Donald J. Dewit *
Clifford Randall Douma, Jr. ∆
Kyle David Drake *
Kendall Dray *
Mariah Dray *
Seth J. Dreadfulwater ∆
Michelle N. Dunn
Obadiah Ezra Malachi Eastman *
Canté Mollie Marie England
Orion Ennis
Justin K. Ennis *
Stephen Noel Esmond
Sabrina A. Etcitty
Cindy Marie Farlee
De’Ja LarMarie Finley *
Kason Dane Franks *
Ian J. Gambill
Joshua I. Garcia
Quanah Lynne Gardipee
Rose Elizabeth Garnanez
Michael I. Garnanez *
Caleen R. Gene ∆
KiAllen Gibson *
Keyahna Lee Glass
Alejandra Carolina Gonzalez
Alyssiana Rose Gonzalez
Alejandra C. Gonzalez *
Melanie Goodbear
Marisa Goodman
Jonathan Goombi
Dreamer Kendra Greene
Warren E. Griffin Jr.
Remington Coyote Gritts
Chloe Rose Gunville
Taylor Alexis Hall
Mariah S. Hanna ∆
Sydney Virginia-Mamie Harper ∆
Marci Hensley
Robin Kay Hicks *
Robert Hicks Jr.
Brandon Lee William Hoaglen
Noah Killsenemy at Night Holder *
Latashia R. Holiday
Hunter Ryan Hotulke
Baron Jack Hoy
Cody G. Hummingbird
Felicia Dawnn Hummingbird
Austin Jordan Iron Whiteman *
Aiyana Jimeve Jack
Carson P. Janis
Cody Tyler Jenkins
Cody T. Jenkins *
A’ram Johnson
Isaac Anthony Johnson *
Jamal Antwan Jones
Dustin Uriah Kanae
Jordan Theus Knight Kapayou
Victoria J. Kaye
Tia A. Kescoli
Kelsey Lauren Kuhn *
Cody H. Lanyate
Montoya James Laravie *
Darwyn Christopher Largo
RaeShelle Largo *
Shiloh LeBeau ∆
Tanae Zenobia LeClaire
Rowan Royd Lee ∆
Tiala Monique Lewis
Colton Lee Lighthall *
Terrance Chadrick Littlejohn
Terrence Chadrick Littlejohn *
Shana Nicole Celine Lombard *
Shania Ashley Lopez *
Ashley Delores Lucero
Larry David Madden Jr. *
Katie Rae Marchand
Starlatia Marquez *
Mikala Adrianna Marrufo
Kaitlyn M. Martin
Nikki Martinez
Kenneth W. McGee Jr.
Kenneth W. McGee Jr. *
Malcolm J. McGrath
Kordell McReeves
Marcus Lamont McVay Jr.
Joseph Alan Sunny McZegle
Shawnee Rose Merrill *
Mimi Kay Miller
Felicia Cheryl Miner *
Carmen Michelle Morgan
Ryan A. Myore
Kami R. Naylor *
Melony Nelson *
Alisha J. Numan *
OskateWin One Star
James Dee Osborne *
Rayanna Otterholt
Victoria Marie Pablo
Deanna Kay Pahmahmie Anderegg *
Sean Michael Parrish *
Jae Dawn Payer
Alec Wolfgang Peehler
Steven Daubon Peña *
Patricia A. Peña ∆
Sierra Aspen Penn *
Chelsea Tierra Perry
Joshilyn Amber Pete
Lorenzo Raymond Pino
Vivian Ann Pomeroy
Joshua Michael Posch
Autumn M. Powell
Summer R. Powell
Joseph S. Pratt
Trevor Lane Pueblo *
Cory Lee Quigley
Michael T. Redbear *
Alicia Em Dolores Redfish
Alliyah Plume Richards ∆
Rafael Reyes Rios Jr.
Majesta C. Roach
Diamond Rock
Adrian Gabriel Rodriguez
Robert Roehl II
Angela Romero *
Randi Jaylene Romero *
LōGun Saiz
Alina Serio *
Jacqueline Kelly Shane
Derrick Thomas Sleeper
Bry Cordell Smiley
Brianna Brooke Smith
Weston Lee Smith
Angela Smith *
Shaundeen Nizohni Smith *
Kari Lee Snelding
Ivory Warrior Springer *
Jamie Ursula Stallings
Shaianne Liyah Stands
Odessa Star Comes Out
Marco Dylan Starr
Alyx Lee Stephenson
Kristofer L. Sturm *
Natosi D. Summers
Mary Tah *
Chris Talkalai
Christen Jennie Tenorio *
Trenten Skylor Terrel
Uriah William Thompson *
Alfonso Thorne
Alista J. Thorne
Cassandra Desira Thorne
Kristen Dianne Torres
Joseph T. Tosee
Topanga Jolyn Towns
Shawney Tree Top Jr.
Connor Veneski *
Natasha Rae Wagoner *
Theodore D. Wahquahboshkuk
Kynser Rae Wahwahsuck
Brennah L. Wahweotten *
Cory Hawk Walkingstick *
Geraldine Emily Walsey *
Keli Renee Warrior
Andrew Wathogoma *
Troy Neil Watterson
Heluska Scott Waybenais
Clarene Marie White Lance
Alexandra Rae Wilkerson *
William H. Wilkerson ∆
Diamond Sherrell Williams *
Raye Lee Wilson
Shanahan Reed Wilson
Antwon Winn
Nizhoni Shaandiin Woodie *
Amos Pergis Wright *
Liseanne C. Yazzie
Jamie Kirsten Yazzie *
Samuel Tyler Youngbull
Gavin Zempel

Helpful Advice from Graduates

May 15, 2018 - 4:16pm

By Erynn Ducheneaux

Mimi Miller will be receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Business

Graduation is around the corner for Haskell students, meaning the end of another academic year.

Haskell Graduation is coming up!

As some are departing and starting their new chapter outside of Haskell, there will be a new group of freshman/transfers who will be taking the graduates place in the fall. For a lot of these freshman/transfers, they don’t know what to expect and what to look out for. Two students who will be graduating this Spring had some good advice for the new incoming students. Mimi Miller who will be earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration, wants to use her education to help reservations that need it. Jae Payer who will be receiving her Associates degree in Liberal Arts, plans to return in the Fall to earn a bachelor’s degree. When asked what’s the best advice to give new students? The first thing they both said was “ALWAYS GO TO CLASS!” Jae explained from her experience here at Haskell that “not attending classes adds up in the long run.” The two girls also agreed that time management is a great necessity to have throughout college. In that same sentence, Jae added to “never drink the night before a test, you will regret it!” Mimi mentioned to purchase a planner, “being organized is important.”
Coming to a new school can be stressful, “make sure you got a good advisor. You can always change them if you need to and ask upperclassmen who the helpful advisors are,” Mimi added. As most of this might seem like common sense, it doesn’t hurt to hear it from students who have went through it. Something to keep in the back of your mind that Mimi said helps her is this question, “are you making your ancestors proud?”

Natalie Diaz talks about her new book

May 15, 2018 - 4:11pm

Chris Talkalai

Natalie Diaz speaking at the Haskell Library picture by Chris Talkalai

Natalie Diaz came to visit Haskell Indian Nations University and talk about her new book Post-colonial Love Poem.
“A lot of it is about Indigenous love. How you can express that through natural elements from deserts to storms, to the river, and also trying to love one another in family, even if maybe sometimes our actions are not seen as lovable through outside of our families and communities.”
Ms. Diaz is from the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California.
Many poets and writers attended the event to see Ms. Diaz speaking about the meaning of her poems, and how she gets inspired to write. There were snacks and drinks for everyone that wanted to listen to Ms. Diaz.
After the event she sold and autograph couple books, titled, “When My Brother was an Aztec.” She also gave advice to young writers that like to publish their poetry, she is self-publishing her new book.

Spiritual Awakening

May 15, 2018 - 3:19pm

By Rashad Squalls

Old Curtis Hall

Haskell Indian Nations University has become known for its unexplained accounts of supernatural occurrences. Over the years there has been sightings of spirits, moving objects, and unseen voices all around campus. Many of Haskell’s staff and students can recall personal experiences of bone chilling events.

Elyse Towey, Coordinator of the Office of Student at Haskell, is one of many who can account for strange manifestations. Towey attended Haskell as a student in 1995 and was a resident at Blalock Hall. She shared a dormitory room with another student during her year of graduation.

Late one night while they both slept something startled Towey to awaken. “As I was waking up I looked towards the bathroom where I felt a presence and caught a glimpse of a black silhouette figure that resembled a man. I watched him walk threw our room towards the bathroom and disappear,” states Towey. Towey is now employed by Haskell and has an office on the second floor of Osceola and Keokuk Hall. Towey says that O.K. Hall is most active whenever students leave for break.

One summer she recalls being the only one on the second floor. “I keep my window blinds open so I can see who comes and goes while I am in my office” says Towey. “There were times where I’ve heard footsteps down the hall along with doors opening and closing, I’d stick my head out the door and say hello but get no response” Towey mentions. She even states that she has gone out of her way to see who’s there but comes back empty handed and puzzled. Towey concludes “There has been a lot of trauma and sadness throughout our university’s history prior to Haskell’s current forward movement towards student success.”

Curtis Hall is no stranger when it comes to the paranormal. Staff worker of food services Pat Thompson has witnessed firsthand some episodes of abnormal activity. “Never show fear, once you allow spiritual entities to scare you they will continue to haunt you”, Thompson states.

When Haskell University had a football team Thompson would stay after hours alone in the conference cafeteria room working on school banners for the sports team. Some of those nights he would hear voices coming from the main cafeteria or the doors opening and slamming shut. After checking to see who was there he discovered he was alone after all.

Geri Iron-Whiteman is also a food services staff member who works for Haskell’s bakery department. “Curtis Hall’s paranormal activity is most active at the end or the start of every semester including holidays,” says Iron-Whiteman. “Before Curtis Hall was built in the early 1900’s there was only a path in its place. Many people have traveled along that path before Curtis Hall was built over it, and in a way It resembles a spiritualcrossroad.” says Iron-Whiteman. One morning she arrived to Curtis Hall to start her early six o’clock shift. She was normally the only one present this early, but as Geri turns on the main cafeteria lights she hears a woman’s voice pleasantly greet her saying “Hello, Good morning”. Iron-Whiteman thinks that it was the janitor and responds back with her own good morning greeting. After no further response shegoes on a hunt to find out who had greeted her. After searching Curtis Hall she discovers that she was the only one in the building.

Staff and students have learned to accept the unseen forces that inhabit Haskell’s campus. Many believe that Haskell University is protected and watched over by ancestral beings. Haskell Indian Nations University will always remain a historical landmark full of vast hallways and serene fields.


Haskell Student Still Seeking Payment from Design on T-shirts a Year Later

May 14, 2018 - 4:43pm

By Kayla Bointy

The past student senate president Chris Sindone has been accused of not fully paying an artist for designing the 2017 commencement powwow shirt. Michael Begay stated that “he was owed more money that what he was paid for.” The issue began after a misunderstanding of price, lack of official documentation, and lack of professionalism. Despite a new student senate president Calvin Smith Jr. and nearly a year later the artist has yet to be compensated the $260 dollars he is still owed. After exhausting all sources known to him; The Leader has reached out to Mr. Begay to get his story out. The following is a timeline of the incident and how it occurred.

January 25th 2017
Sindone sent via Facebook messenger and asked Michael Begay to design the commencement flyer.
After initial meeting and exchanged messages Begay then designed a Facebook page as well as multiple designs for the flyer, at no cost.

May 11 2018
Sindone met with Begay in person outside of Roe Cloud Roundabout, discussing the floral design from the flyers, wanting to use the design for the t shirts, if Begay allowed them use of the design for the powwow t-shirts which would be sold at the commencement powwow; Sindone Offering a free t shirt in exchange for use of the design. “I know how much money can be made from selling t shirts, so I asked for some type of compensation. I didn’t see it as fair” Begay states.
Sindone initially told Begay the Commencement Powwow shirts would be a fundraiser to make some money for next year’s powwow, based on that Begay agreed to work out a good deal, he then offered a discounted price for the cause, usually charging $5 per shirt for 99 prints anything over is $4 per shirt.
After which Sindone offered 50$ for the whole design, feeling his time and art were worth more Begay counteroffered with two options of whether buying the design as a whole or renting the design. Seeing Sindone was in a rush to leave Begay said he would message him the details of Option A or B . Below is direct quotes taken from the messages.

May 11 at 10:39pm
Begay messaged Sindone explaining the two options , Option #1 “Buying the design from me outright for $500. Option #2 renting the design from (Michael Begay) only for the 2017 Haskell Commencement PW. ($ 2 per shirt royalty fee pay to Michael Begay) for 100 or more shirts printed. or for less than 99 shirts royalty fee is $4 for shirt printed. If you go with option 2 then I require an inventory records of how many shirts printed off

May 16, 2017
Sindone Responded with “Lets do option two . Rent for the powwow $200.
Begay “OK so you going print of 100 OK sounds good .

May 16, 2017
Begay sent a mockup of the t shirt asking when he and how he would get paid. Sindone replied “in cash.“

May 18,2017
Sindone then met Begay on campus, needing a flash drive to upload the digital file as well as handing Begay $200 in cash , Begay handed over his own personal flash drive asked for a receipt/invoice, as per the agreement, Sindone claimed to not have his receipt book with him , but said he would provide one later. That day going to Happy Shirt to complete the order. The commencement powwow was the next day, so it was a rush order.

May 19th the T shirts were finished in time.

May 23,2017
Begay messaged Sindone “Hey do you have a copy of the invoice to send me?”
Sindone replied
“Yes, Give me a bit please’’.

May 24th, 2017
Begay” Hey any luck on the invoice?
Sindone “What’s your email?
Check your email”
After receiving the Happy Shirts Invoice Begay realized there were clearly more shirts printed off then in the agreement ; 130 more shirts were printed then the agreed upon number of 200.
“I counted 230 t-shirts printed off the deal was only for 100 shirts to be printed off”
Sindone resent a screen shot of previous message, after Begay clarified how the previous message was worded, Sindone apologized for the misunderstanding
“I misunderstood well get you the rest”
“ok when will that be?”
“I’ll have to do it tomorrow when the bank is open “
“ok sounds good “
The following day Begay messaged Sindone to which Sindone never replied. After the beginning of the summer semester and several run ins with Sindone, Begay asked to be payed the former student senate president gave him the run around claiming “we are working on it” and other vague excuses, after that Sindone has since stopped replying to Begay’s inquiries, giving him the cold shoulder.

Fall Semester 2017
Begay approached the newly elected Student Senate President Calvin Smith, informing him of the issue and asking him for advice, Begay then provided Smith with screenshots of the conversation and the invoice. Smith promising to bring the issue to Student Senate.

October 30 2017
Begay sent “Hey Mr. President any word on the T-shirt payment with the powwow committee?”
Calvin Smith Replied
“I have yet to talk with our sponsor. I did mention it to him, so he knows about it as well. “
How much long would it be? “
Calvin Smith Replied
“I’m really not sure. I’ve been pushing to get this committee started the past few week. As soon as our budget is approved for the powwow.”

At the time of the interview a year has passed, and it is still an ongoing issue. Indian Leader reached out to Sindone for a response, he emailed back, “That was supposed to be taken care of already. I’m contacting Mr. Begay to find out the situation.” Less than a week away from the 2018 Commencement powwow. Mr. Begay is graduating May 2018 and is subsequently transferring, he hopes to solve the matter before he leaves.

We have added the screenshots of the conversation that happened on Messenger


Security and Incidences on Campus

May 14, 2018 - 4:37pm

By Amanda Smith

As a small campus, students are not aware or told what could happen in case of emergencies, the only safety tips they are taught are fire drills and lock downs. With Haskell being an open-campus, anyone can access the grounds, which not many of the students know. And there are non-students who find their way into the dorms without an RA knowing, securities are not fully equipped, and there’s an increase of student violations. Haskell needs to ensure that it will do the best it can to protect its students, by making changes, providing the security with the right equipment and information on certain situations.

Locations of incidences on campus

Pocahontas, Blalock, Powhatan, Winona Hall, Roe Cloud, Curtis Hall, Off-Campus and Osceola & Keokuk Halls currently reside students from different tribes, who are here to continue their education. Out of all the dorms, 2 stood out as having the most reported incidents, and many of these incidents students need to know, what happens within the campus they stay on, because it’s for their safety and to become more aware of their surroundings. Haskell has over 100 hundred students that stay in each dorm and they are overseen by Residential Advisors/ student residential advisors. Roe Cloud, Residential Advisor Melinda Blueback commented, “security here will help whenever there’s a situation, we just call them and they’re here to help. It is hard at times because sometimes it’ll be quiet, we don’t have problems and other times there’s more, and usually happens after midnight. And it’s getting to the week days, we never know when, so we have to watch everybody”. Roe Cloud resides over 300 hundred students and there were some students who did get kicked out, which were mostly the men. Beside Roe Cloud, Osceola-Keokuk is a co-ed residential dorm that houses over 200 hundred students, and the residential advisor who works the night shifts, spoke on behalf of non-students who come into the dorm and what kind of situations they experience. Residential advisor commented, “Here lately it’s been quiet, get the usual phone calls from a student upstairs, “can you come up here and tell these people to be quiet because I’m trying to sleep and their being loud”, and that type of stuff but we get some of these every now and then. But not any bad ones, they’re all about the same, we get up and do rounds every hour, on certain days”. As for the non-students coming in without an RA knowing is becoming an issue, but they try their best to resolve that problem. And his comment on that was, “it depends if were on rounds and there’s nobody else down here because we actually do need two people on. Two people on every shift, but were shorthanded and as far as coming in, I don’t know everyone, but I know their faces.” To being safer, all dorms only have one way for students to enter and that’s the front door. Yes, students are old enough to know what the rules are, but most go about their way to not follow a simple rule.

Statistics show what kind of incidents happen on-campus, the number of students who committed these incidents, along with their sanctions, but the only results we couldn’t get was which student committed the incident. These sanctions vary: alternate HCCAAP, Community Service 20, 40, 50, 80, 160, 180 hours, Counseling, Dismissed, Diversion determined by Douglas County Court, Emergency Suspension Level 1, Emergency Suspension Level 2, Emergency Suspension Level 3, Fine $25.00, $50.00, $75.00, $100.00, $200.00, Fire Safety, HCAAP, Ineligible for Housing, Letter of Apology, Loss of visitation for 1 year, Medical Amnesty, Medication Referral, Notice to Vacant, Official Warning, Pending, Social Probation, and lastly Unresolved.

Olivia Whittington, a sophomore who currently stays in Roe Cloud commented, “I think the security here on campus is doing an okay job. But there does seem to be too little security for the size of Haskell. So yes, I do think there should be at least a few more security on campus. Honestly, I could not say, from my experiences of them, whether they would be prepared for any kind of situation. I usually just see them in their little security office or prowling around the parking lot. I never thought about the fact that Haskell is an open campus. But I asked my friend how she felt about it and she said she felt uncomfortable. I was not aware that there were many incidents at Haskell. But I guess with security being right in Roe Cloud and the fact that I live on the third floor I feel a little bit safer”.

Nathan Fraley, a senior had a lot to say about what he thinks about the campus security, from his point of view he gave a lot of good points explaining why he thinks our security should change and be more active on campus. Since starting here at Haskell Fraley seen some changes but seems like they should do more than what their job title says. Fraley commented, “they’re too strict, they’re not socially accepted, relation with security and students are not good at all, and I feel like that’s the problem right there. They’re not real cops, they have no official training like they were police officers, yes they may have worked in field security, maybe, but they’re not real cops, so why act like real law enforcement, they’re there to observe and report”. As a concern student about safety for himself and his fellow classmates Fraley states, “Yes, I would like to see more security officers, but more security officers that are cooler, I would love to see every security guard at every dorm post, instead of driving around”. As a student, who’s been here since he was a freshman he seen many ongoing situations that prove the security don’t take their job seriously and how they’re unprofessional, an example he uses was, “a security, put on blast, being unprofessional and made a campus wide announcement for someone parked in the fire lane, that is an example of how they treat situations”.

Freshman, Marcileena Mark, resides in Osceola-Keokuk, and from her experience she comments, “I think security does a fine job on campus and are always patrolling around, I don’t agree with getting more, but I do think they could get more done if they were assigned to a dorm, while taking shifts to patrol. I trust and understand that if anything were to happen they would do their best to protect and serve Haskell and its members”. Not many students will voice their opinion about security, or about the school, because some don’t know about it or just see it but won’t talk about it, as a first-year student here at Haskell Mark, stated, “I like that Haskell is an open campus, it makes me feel freer to move around while on school grounds. I personally haven’t heard of any incidents, but understand the concern for safety, I do feel safe but wouldn’t mind a little more protection on campus, maybe we can get emergency poles posted around campus so that (if someone were attacked or in danger, all they would have to do is push the button and security, and police would come)”.

Security has a lot on their hand, from the safety of the students, being able to have the right equipment, knowing what to do in case of emergency issues, patrolling not only at night but every day, their job is to protect and keep the students safe, and they have a lot of expectations to uphold. No matter what type of situation happens, they as officers are to resolve any problems. And it’s up to the students as well, there are some who don’t care about the security but others who do feel the need for safety on this campus. And its Haskell job as a college to provide for the students with safety, which is the number one focus.

Haskell and the Issue of Trash

May 14, 2018 - 4:22pm

by Marklin Morales

Littering and Vandalism are a common occurrence on any college campus and Haskell is no exception. This seems like it would not be an issue on a Native Campus because of the teachings of traditional bonds to Mother Earth but it is a problem.

Looking at the campus parking lots or in dormitory communal restrooms  empty containers and packaging can be seen tossed on the grounds parking when trash containers are relatively close.  Cigarette butts can be seen around the designated bins instead of in them.  Various structures can be seen vandalized and tossed from their original fixtures and vandalism in the restroom stalls in the form of graffiti and etchings is a common. Unflushed toilets and unrinsed sinks lead to solid waste accumulating until someone else comes to clean it up. This is an all too common acknowledgment from people who do cleanup.

Facilities gets ready to start their daily clean up of campus

Facilities equipment engineer Willie Ogden and gardner Matt Stapleton do not have the duties of campus cleanup in their job descriptions but spend time daily picking up debris left by students. One of the main issues pointed out is that machinery like lawnmowers and vehicles driven can be affected by debris such as bottles that can flatten tires and break moving parts in them.

Bottles can also be smashed into smaller particles when caught in things like lawnmower blades producing a hazard to humans. Vandalism from smashing bottles into buildings is also a common sight from maintenance and facilities.

Shredded debris after contact with a lawnmower

Ogden says they would rather be working on things like the road construction that needs to be completed in front of Pontiac hall. Projects like these are prolonged due to littering and vandalism. Another common issue is that of dog feces which can also be a contribution from outside visitors but mainly has been spotted occurring from students with animals. Stapleton says this also gets into machinery and can be tracked around campus causing a health hazard.

Other debris on campus spotted by maintenance are McDonalds packaging, cigar wraps, and cardboard from beverage containers. Stapleton and Ogden see this daily and have a knowledge of what happens around campus, so students should realize “their patterns are being watched” and “supervisors like Ms. Salvini do hear about this” says Stapleton who is also Haskell alumni.

Stapleton mentions the contribution hours mandated to students during his time of attendance. The contribution hours helped staff out with cleaning but also showed students to see the effects of their carelessness when they had to clean their own messes. He thinks this should be brought back in some form and could maybe be used as punishment for those caught to help this issue.

Solutions to the problem mentioned were to find students responsible, issuing fines and citations, or even pointing them out the public however, these tactics have not been used at this point. Other ideas  were to have an emphasis about the effects of littering and vandalism during vision quest classes or convocation as a constant reminder to students.

“The limited staff of about 20 employees in facilities and maintenance is not enough” says Ogden to solve the problem. He also says people never really see how bad littering is on this campus as their daily clean up efforts occur early in the mornings and are often done before most arrive.  If there was nothing done people would see the adverse effects of trash accumulation well before the end of one week says the staff.


Cigarette butts next to the receptacle but not in it.

In another discussion with Haskell Facilities Custodian Jeremy Shield and IT specialist Mike Daugomah, both Haskell alumni discussed the past and current situation.  Daugomah mentions how things were never really that bad when he attended Haskell in the early 2000’s. Possible contributing factors to why littering is more prevalent could stem from a generational lack of Native identity and duties to their surroundings the two agree. Shields who has been working at Haskell for 21 years says cleanup programs have come and gone and some have been started only to have students graduate and the duties put on to custodians to carry on such as the maintenance of recycling bins located in the buildings he cleans. He says students put them out years ago, but he now sorts the materials and sends them to facilities that get the items to local recycling plants. Shields also sees the issue with dog droppings and littering, or “Indian artifacts” as they are known among the people who clean them up, being left around campus but has limited reach as he is only allowed to clean 30ft from his buildings.

Haskell Residential Custodian Mike Tahdooahnippah at OK hall also sees issues with broken bottles and fears they could lead to injury as he recalls being injured by on as kid. He states that sometimes he sees track runners come close to debris that is very dangerous. He recommends individual pamphlets available in the dorms reminding students the effects of not only the hazards of littering but also the health hazards associated with not keeping the restrooms clean. He sees instances of unkept urinals, toilets and sinks that could easily be controlled by personal cleanliness of your surroundings but some students just chose not to. He sees this worse some years than others and thinks it is new students learning to adjust to being away from home.

These issues also were recognized by Haskell’s Green and Restoration Committee. This committee organized a student campus clean up once a month and recently completed their “Clean up Green up” May 6th, 2018. Activities like installing rain barrels and transplanting plants as well as trash pick-up were part of the agenda.

Clean Up Green Up campus event to promote a clean environment

The event encouraged students to participate in the cleanliness of their campus by offering prizes, refreshments, hammocks and a DJ to bring out students and join in.  Why incentives like this are necessary to get people to come out and participate was discussed with restoration committee heads Sean Parrish, Jamie Colvin and Joe Singh.

A disturbing pattern of “students not wanting to participate in events without getting something” was addressed by Parrish; hence the prizes.  Colvin and Singh pointed to “laziness” and “complacency” being a factor.  Parrish also recognizes that some students just aren’t used cleaning up after themselves after leaving home for the first time. This is a situation that can be solved, according to the participants in the discussion, by understanding that there is a constant rotation of students arriving with the naivety to think its someone’s responsibility to clean up after them other than themselves.

Colvin mentions a solution similar to what facilities and maintenance did that involves mandatory clean up community service hours for students who get caught littering and other violations.  The group also agrees that “constant reminders of campus pride need to be promoted and events like Clean Up Green Up will not only instill individual values but will hopefully reinforce better attitudes among their peers who can in turn encourage groups of people to simply, pick up after themselves”.  She plans to increase campus cleanup activities to twice a month.

One of Colvin’s main points “we do ourselves a service surrounding ourselves with cleanliness that can not only influence our attitudes towards school spirit and pride but also show others like alumni and off campus visitors that we are carrying on tradition as Natives of Mother Earth. This in turn reflects to Creator as we, the inhabitants of Turtle Island, can bring blessings to our surroundings.”

The group consensus was that replacing negative attitudes about our cleanliness with ones like the Green and Restoration Committees message of pride in your surroundings is an issue that should spread well beyond this school. This will hopefully be achieved by acknowledging issues and opening dialogue with different departments like facilities.

Haskell Library Takes Action On Art From Past Faculty Member

May 14, 2018 - 11:19am

One of the classrooms in the library had Don Secondine’s art placed on the floor with this message, “No more art from child predators”

By Kayla Bointy

Action has been taken since Indian Leader’s previous story entitled “ Does Artistic Merit Outweigh the Artist’s Crimes?’’ by Travis Campbell  was published. The article brought attention to the ethical issue of a past faculty member, Don Secondine, who in 2009 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.  His art remained on display in the Haskell library. On Thursday May 10, 2018 his art had been put on the floor with this message “No more art from child predators”.

Later the library decided to remove Secondine’s art and will be placed into storage. His art still remains on various parts of the campus.

Remembering Trevor Mohawk by Erynn Ducheneaux

May 4, 2018 - 3:05pm

Trevor Mohawk, right, is pictured with his Uncle Norman Shawanokasic at Jefferson’s restaurant in downtown Lawrence. Picture provided by T. Mohawk’s family

A few weeks ago, Trevor Mohawk, a Haskell alum was shot and killed just a couple blocks from his house in

Haskell lit the fire circle for Trevor Mohawks friends and family to come remember his life. Photo by E. Ducheneaux

Lawrence. Mohawk, 32 had graduated from Haskell and after attaining his degree, continued to reside in Lawrence. Originally from Wisconsin, he worked at the Jefferson’s Bar and Grill on Massachusetts St., he had been working there for about 6-7 years. After talking to some coworkers of his, it sounded like they all thought of Trevor as a part of their big Jefferson’s family. Lauren Mars referred to him as a “big teddy bear,” Lauren further explained that he was “always smiling and making people laugh, he didn’t have a mean bone in him.”

Lawrence Police reported that Mohawk approached a random house late at night, knocking until he was approached by the homeowner which resulted in an altercation and ended with the death of Mohawk.

“Anyone who knew Trevor, knows that he is not the confrontational type, at all. If anything, he would try to crack a joke and break the hostility” said a coworker at Jefferson’s. Trevor took in one of his fellow coworkers who was homeless and sleeping under a bridge here in Lawrence when they first met, if that doesn’t tell you what kind of guy he was. The next morning after, Jefferson’s on Massachusetts street decided to close for the day as Trevor was a big loss to their restaurant family. Haskell also lit a fire on campus in the fire circle along with cedar and tobacco to pay respect in memory of Trevor. Some of his Jefferson’s family paid their respects and visited the fire circle and made the trip to Wisconsin to attend his services.

Meet the Haskell Students Running for Student Senate

May 2, 2018 - 3:34pm

Haskell Student Senate

President Candidates-

Lindsey Robinson is running for President

I am Lindsey Beth Robinson, a member of the Wah-Zha-Zhi (Osage) Nations, a sister, a colleague, and a leader for change. I was born and raised in Denver Colorado and moved to Kansas my senior year of high school. I graduated from Blue Valley North High School in 2015 and began my college career at Haskell Indian Nations University the following fall.
Over the course of my college career, I have been involved in various activities such as intermural soccer, choir, joining Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc., joining the future cultural preservation club, advocating for the loss of our track & field program, and had the privilege of joining student senate towards the end of spring 2018 semester.
Though I’ve become actively involved on campus I have challenged myself in my academia and learning more about myself as an indigenous woman. I find it important to lead by example and I do so through maintaining a good academic and social standing along with holding myself accountable as a role model for my family, friends, and colleagues. I’ve challenged myself to learn more about my tribal routes, learning my language, and to learn my tribe’s traditional ways to preserve my culture and share with my future children and appreciate Wa-Kon-Da (Creator).
Through these things I’ve learned much about the values of myself and have pride in being a future Haskell Alumni and leader for the next generation to come. As your future president, I will hold myself accountable to giving back and helping provide each student with the best college experience possible.


Sean Parrish is running for President

The second Presidential candidate is Sean Parrish. Sean is a rising senior from the Diné nation majoring in Indigenous and American Indian Studies. He currently serves as the 2017-2018 Junior Class Representative for Student Senate. Sean also serves as the director for the Empowerment Summit committee & the Green and Restoration committee. He is passionate about serving the student body, he believes in reliable leadership that involves transparency, strong communication, creativity, and advocacy. In his off time he is a photojournalist for The Indian Leader Association. If you have any questions find him on campus or slide into his Haskell email.





Calvin Smith Jr. is the 3rd candidate running for President.

Calvin Smith Jr. is running for President

Yá’át’ééh! Ádóone’é nishłínígíí ‘éí Tł’ízí łání nishłí̜. Nóoda’í dine’é Táchii’nii ‘éí báshíshchíín. Áshįįhí ‘éí dashicheii áádóó Bit’ahnii ‘éí dashinálí. Tódinéeshzhee’dé̜é̜ naashá. ‘Ákót’éego ‘éí dinééh nishłí̜. Shimá ‘éí Vivian Holiday wolyéé dóó shizhé’é ‘éí Calvin Smith wolyé. My name is Calvin Smith Jr. and I am Diné (Navajo) from Kayenta, Arizona. I started attending Haskell Indian Nations University in the Fall of 2014 and I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Indigenous American Indian Studies. Before coming to Haskell, I didn’t think I would become HINU Student Senate President. Getting a general education was the only thing on my mind when I was on the train heading to Lawrence, KS back in 2014. As time progressed, I’ve gained new insights and I’ve been wanting to be a part of something to further develop my own leadership skills. I first started by becoming the Treasurer of Native American Church Club and the NAC Organization had been there since day one. They motivated me to do great things as they continued to support me through my 2015-2016 term as Haskell Brave. After my term as Haskell Brave, I participated with other organizations and took those opportunities to become the Vice President of Diné Club, Treasurer of Beading Club, and later the President of Diné Club. I’ve enjoyed my time collaborating with Beading Club as a Prairie Chicken Dancer and doing performances with my Native Flute. I didn’t think much about applying for the position of Student Body President for Student Senate until the week the application was due. My friends here at Haskell continue to support me and I am grateful to have gained such inspiring friends and family who motivate me to take the next step towards leadership and excellency. With this position, I will continue to advocate for them to not only provide stronger relations between the students and faculty and staff, but to go out and provide opportunities for all of us to better ourselves as leaders for our people and communities. My path is still very long and adventurous and with this path, I will walk with my people in harmony, balance, and beauty. Ahéhee’!

Vice President Candidates

Ashley Lucero is running for Vice President

Now’ (hello) my name is Ashley Lucero, I am an enrolled member of the Lummi tribe, I’m also Yurok and Laguna Pueblo. I am a junior, I am currently going to be graduating with my social work degree this spring, and my business degree in the spring of 2019. I chose to go to Haskell to get world experience away from home and to meet new people. Among many things some of my biggest passions are my education, corgis, marvel movies, and potatoes in all shapes and forms. I am currently the Treasurer of the Student Senate and am running for the seat of Vice President. I believe I would be a good fit for this position as I am approachable and passionate about the conditions for the students here at Haskell. As Vice President for student senate I would work my hardest to help ease the troubles students face here. Also to work to make the Haskell campus a safe and supportive community for natives from all backgrounds. I promise to work for inclusion and acceptance for all students here at our school. I have been involved in many clubs here on campus. Even if I am not selected I still strongly advocate for student involvement in politics as we can work to be the changes we seek, all we have to do is try.
Hy’sh’qe (Thank you)

William Wilkinson is running for Vice President

My name is William Wilkinson, and I am your candidate for Student Senate Vice President. I am Diné, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Cherokee. I am humbled and honored to say that I have been elected to serve on your Senate Executive Board every year that I have been here. I started as your Freshman Representative, progressed to Sophomore Representative, and have been appointed by your current Student Senate President to be the Senate Parliamentarian. When it comes to Robert’s Rules of Order and the Constitution, I am well-versed in both and always strive to keep Student Senate functioning in copacetic order.
Former Student Senate President (SSP) Chris Sindone, appointed me to be his successor as the 2016-17 Student Life Committee Chairman. Shortly after, the entire Executive Board approved my appointment to become a voting member of the university administration’s Policy Development Committee. After the 2017-18 elections, Sindone conveyed to me that the Student Senate needs you because, with your experience and constant drive for success, you will be beneficial to the overall Student Senate organization. With his words, I felt empowered to run, serve, and represent Haskell to the best of my ability.
As the only elected official in your Student Senate Executive Board to have completed KU’s Adaptive Leadership Program, I have learned what it takes to be an engaged, empathetic, and confident leader in today’s dynamic society. These skills not only prepared, but also compelled me to be a more significant asset to Social Work Club, Diné Club, and the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board (KU). On my advice, the Green and Restoration committee has adopted the measure to have all agendas displayed on the SmartBoard, eliminating more than 1,296 wastefully printed copies. To further Student Senate’s initiative to be green, I will establish the Eco-Monitoring subcommittee under the Green and Restoration committee with the purpose of monitoring Student Senate’s ecological footprint.
Should I earn your vote, I will create the Student Senate Freshman internship. I introduced the progressive idea to create a Student Senate Freshman internship. Resulting in both former and present Freshman Representatives supporting the implementation of this beneficial seat. I will encourage the reallocation of the budget to create scholarships on behalf of Student Senate for our student body. A longstanding issue is the lack of complete representation within our Student Senate. To combat this dilemma, I will advocate creating new Student Senator Positions. Students who are not Club Representatives or Executive Board members will have the ability to voice their concerns with full privileges of regular representatives, senators, and officers. By collaborating with the KU Student Senate Executive Staff and their Legislative Body, we can better each other’s institutions and strengthen our collective communities.
To give students the opportunity to develop skills of exemplary leaders in today’s society, I will create interactive leadership workshops. In an initiative to distribute power equally, I believe any and all members of Student Senate should be given the ability to Chair or Co-Chair an Executive Committee.
I am honored to say that with the support of our current Student Senate Vice President, Student Success Center Technicians, Club Presidents, Director of Student Rights, and the OnwardTogether coalition, I will serve as an unyielding advocate for all students, as well as a proficient Student Senate Vice President if elected. Proudly wearing the lapel pin I received from Governor Dennis Daugaard, I William Wilkinson, plan to sustain the quality of Student Senate through my extensive experience on the Student Senate Executive Board and will commit to making Student Senate better serve our evolving and diverse university.
Thank you for your time and Onward Haskell!

Senior Class Representative

Justin Ennis is running for Senior Class Representative

My name is Justin Ennis. I am Oklahoma Choctaw. I grew up in a small town here in Kansas, about 30 minutes south of Lawrence called Richmond, a town of around 400 people. I was actually born in Lawrence Memorial Hospital. I was raised by my grandmother since I was a little guy. She is honestly one of the smartest, strongest women I have ever known. I realize now that I’m older the many characteristics that make me the man I am today is because of her. As far as me growing where and how I did, it really helped me. I wasn’t much different from most kids played sports, was a class clown most of the time, and got into trouble from time to time nothing too crazy though.
I would tell most people that I am not a leader right out of the gate. I’m more a watch and learn type. However when I am put into a position of responsibility I take it seriously. I was voted captain of both my football and wrestling team my senior year in high school. I didn’t choose that position I was voted in by my peers. I believe it was through the hard work I put in that got me there. When I got here to Haskell I honestly had no idea what I was doing. I’m a first generation college student. This isn’t my first time here at Haskell. I attended the University in 2009. I got into trouble but I’m fixing those past mistakes with present accomplishments. I would like finish my Haskell career not only as a college graduate but, just being involved with the University I believe being a part of the Student Senate Council would be a step in the right direction.



Voting is open to all students next Monday May 7th & Tuesday May 8th  at Curtis Hall from 11-1 and the Library from 1-5

Haskell Indigenous Empowerment Summit 2018 Continues tradition

May 1, 2018 - 2:15pm

The Haskell Empowerment Summit Committees is hosting its annual Indigenous Empowerment Summit scheduled for Saturday May 5th. This summit has been organized almost every semester since its creation in 2008 by Willow Jack, Haskell Indigenous and American Indian Studies alumni. Past events held have taken on many forms over the years ranging from fund raising pow wows to indigenous games and contest encouraging outreach and networking within the community. The activities this year are designed to carry on this tradition.

Many events are held leading up to the Empowerment Summit. According to Empowerment Committee Co-Director Terri Merrell (Diné/Apache/Osage) “As the semester comes to an end we wanted to host enjoyable social events in which all students, staff, faculty, and public can attend.” This year’s Empowerment Summit events include Indigenous inspired movies shown in the auditorium, an outside fun day event held at the powwow grounds, and the 2018 Indigenous Empowerment Summit. The activities aim to stand in conjunction with the summits mission statement; The Haskell Empowerment Committee is a Student Senate led organization which operates exclusively for education and empowerment purposes. Each academic year we strive towards bringing the annual Indigenous Empowerment Summit to the Haskell and Lawrence community to promote a collaborative and informative environment where Haskell students and the public can gain knowledge and network with one another. Empowerment Summit Committee director, Sean Parrish (Diné) states that “This is an event that Haskell Student Senate host every spring semester. This event is held to bring communities of Indigenous people together. This unity will provide a platform for an open dialogue toward the progressive needs of our people. We seek to empower one another, as well as encourage relationships that will strengthen our Indigenous Network.”

The Empowerment Committee events show a commitment to keeping the original summits spirit alive. The 9th annual Indigenous Empowerment Summit will consist of a panel of various speakers, entertainment, and discussions which will be held in the Haskell Auditorium on Saturday; May 5th from 12PM-5PM


TRIO SSS Takes Goes to the National Student Leadership Diversity Convention (NSLDC)

April 26, 2018 - 1:40pm

by Tiffany Blevins

On Thursday April 5 th 2018 a chosen 8 of the Haskell TRIO students (including the two student interns) and 2 Haskell TRIO staff, set off for Chicago Illinois to attend the National Student Leadership Diversity
Convention (NSLDC). The conference was hosted by the Marriott Hotel of Chicago Illinois with the Key Presenter being Dr. Chris Irving. According to the NSLDC Website, Following the completion of his
Master’s Degree in Public Policy and International Affairs, Chris started a small consulting group called the Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America based out of Bloomfield, NJ. He is known for his dedication to social Justice and to leadership development.

During this conference our students had the opportunity to develop their sense and understanding of leadership and diversity along with being able to educate others in the culture and diversity of Native Americans/Indigenous People. Much of the conference lacked inclusion of Indigenous Issues. Through the willingness to be speak from our students, and the willingness to listen from the presenters, Indigenous Issues/ statistics shall be included in future conferences. The students also had some cultural experiences of Chicago, having enjoyed some classic deep dish pizza at Giordano’s Pizza, taking a trip to see the famous sculpture “The Bean”, and taking a trip into Chicago’s China Town.

NSLDC lasted for 3 days, ending on Sunday April 8 th 2018 as a success. Each student and TRIO staff member was able to walk away with something they felt they had learned or gained by attending the conference. Participants arrived safely back to campus on Monday April 9 th 2018 at midnight. irving-m- a/

Tiff’s Two Cents

April 26, 2018 - 12:53pm

by Tiffany Blevins

“The Power of Choice”

I was standing in line waiting to accept my scholarship check and discussing with my friend about the week I just had. In the last week I had received two accomplishments through my art, went on a trip to
Chicago with the TRIO Student Support Services and had now received my recognition of being on the Presidents list for the previous semester. The particular point of discussion was that I wanted to post about my week on Facebook but felt that by doing so some people from back home would be angry at my success. My friend could understand, as she had faced similar situations back home. This got me thinking and wondering if many of the students that I encounter have the same kind of feed back from people they know or are their family. Personally I get a lot of “You think you’re better than us!” comments. And you know what I tell those that accuse me of that? I hold my chest up high, stand tall, and say “I am.” I say that because I chose to succeed. I chose to put work into my studies and get good grades. I chose to get out of the kind of environment that doesn’t support growth. We are placed on this earth in situations beyond our control. Sometimes those situations are terrible, destructive or dehumanizing. But at certain points in all of our lives we have to stand up and choose the path that we walk. We can choose to go forward, stay where we are, or go backward. All of us here at Haskell have made a choice to pursue education and to strive for success despite whatever background we may have come from. I want to reach out and encourage those students who may be facing condemnation for their success to continue to strive towards their goals and to help others realize that they too can pursue a betterment of their lives.

Career Fair

April 26, 2018 - 12:41pm

by Chris Talkalai

What are you going to do after school? 

Finishing up school can be a tough decision after completing your requirements. Figuring out what you want to be, and how to get there. And that’s what career fair offered at Haskell. Booths with career opportunities for students to visit and get acquainted with the program and or company. Many students came and visited the stands to get information, as well to get free stuff that they displayed on the tables.

Students dressed up for the best dress competition. Haskell senior, Phil Sutherin commented, “combination of the stamp book, free stuff, and a lot of career opportunities. There’s been a lot of awesome people that had cool experiences, and a lot of good connections, it’s been a really rewarding experience.” Everyone enjoyed the career fair for job opportunities, internships, and general information that seem suitable for anyone’s career.

Why it is Time to let the Indian Go

April 26, 2018 - 12:38pm

by Joseph Singh

Calling Indigenous people “Indian” is like calling Europeans “Japanese”. The label is erroneous and condescending. The origin of the slur comes from Christopher Columbus who mistook the American continent for India. He then labeled the inhabitants “Indians”. Perhaps it was because of the pigmentation of the Natives. Indians, Indigenous, Latinos, and Africans are some of the groups of people who have an abundance of melanin making their skin pigment darker. What could have been a simple mistake has been exacerbated over time by the neglect to correct this error in classification.

The Inhabitants of the America’s were subject to genocide. Many traditions, cultures, and tribes were wiped from history. The descendants of the Indigenous suffer from an identity crisis. Assimilation reprogrammed the minds of Natives and conformed them to foreign ways and beliefs. Many Natives find it very difficult to uncover their true ancestry because of European occupation. Natives were taken
further away from their culture, until eventually they started to believe they really were “Indians”. We can take it back. Reclaiming the lost culture of the Native American starts with fixing the 500 year old typo that is the word “Indian”. To be called Indigenous would give the original people of this land credit for being here. Using the correct classification would help educate the masses as to what the “Indians” of the Americas truly are. The sacrifices of our ancestors need to be respected and regaled. The survival of the North American Native is remarkable. Clarification is needed to heal the people. Documents will need to be revised. Government departments and school names will need to be changed. Considering all of the injustice, dishonesty, and pain the ancestors of the Indigenous suffered, I do not think rewriting some words would be too much to ask.

Haunted Haskell

April 26, 2018 - 12:36pm

by Joseph Singh

The ghosts of Haskell Indian Nations University are sacred. The spirits of students and alumni
alike have been sighted in various places on campus. There is a woman who reportedly frequents the
basement of Pocahontas Hall, a dormitory for freshmen female students. A cloaked figure has been
reported to look down upon students from the bell tower atop Hiawatha Hall. The most notable of
these spirits are the children torn from their homes and forced to be assimilated at the turn of the 19 th
century. Their bodies have been laid to rest in a cemetery located on the Haskell campus. Many of the
headstones are blank, as if what happened at that time was too ghastly to transcribe.
Accordingly, as recent as fall 2017 sightings have been reported. An apparition was seen after
hours in Curtis Hall late at night. A picture was taken and upon close inspection the face of what
appears to be an elderly woman wrapped in a shawl was captured. Students who stay at Haskell often
hear the laughter of children late at night. To this day, the students and faculty of Haskell experience
paranormal phenomena.

Moreover, ghosts are people too. The university does not allow paranormal investigation of the
campus because of the deep respect for the souls of people who have passed to the spirit world.
Taunting and profiteering of the spirits is highly forbidden. National ghost hunter groups have made an
effort to explore the campus for this purpose. Haskell did not and will never allow access to such groups
who seek to exploit the entities who have a sacred connection to the University. For those who study,
work, and reside at Haskell Indian Nations University, the specters are a part of our campus family.

Haskell Bridge/ KU-Haskell Exchange Program

April 26, 2018 - 12:36pm

by Amanda Smith

Haskell Indian Nations University, has many opportunities for students, from athletic programs, fraternity/sorority, different clubs, and academic programs. Students join these activities, to keep themselves busy, to learn from it, share their knowledge with others, making friends, just getting the opportunity to be apart of a group here at Haskell. One of the academic programs here at Haskell is the Bridge/ KU Exchange program, that helps students experience taking a class at a big university, help with a research/working in labs, and just taking advantage of what benefits come out of this program.

Haskell Bridge/ KU Exchange program coordinator Becky Welton, has worked at Haskell for about 20 years, this includes working with the Bridge program for about 10 years and the KU-Haskell Exchange program for 3 years. Welton is a graduate from Northern Arizona University, with a degree in Applied Science and a minor in Business. She has held many jobs but her most rewarding is mentoring/advising students to reach their potential.

Coordinator Becky Welton, states, “The Bridge program is an undergraduate research program offered through a partnership with the University of Kansas and Haskell that is funded by the NIH.  The program, started in the mid 90’s, provides a mentored research experience for students interested in addressing health disparities in Indian Country.  Students are required to have a minimum 2.5 GP, be in good social standing and have good time management skills. Each year recruitment begins in the fall/early spring and the program supports 9 students.  Ideally, applicants will have a desire to transfer to another 4-year university for four-year programs that Haskell does not offer; examples include Chemistry, Botany, Engineering, Human Biology, Music Education and many others. While the focus is bio-medical research, for many students this is their first research experience thus having a great experience with a good mentor is most important. Students receive research training, paid travel, and earn $12 per hour for their contributions to their lab.  Additionally, there are opportunities for networking, attending seminars, presenting their research at symposiums and travel to professional conferences”. Along with the KU-Haskell Exchange program, “provides students the opportunity to take one class a semester at the other institution.  The requirements for Haskell students are a 2.5 GPA and be at least a second semester freshman.  Students can take KU classes that Haskell doesn’t offer; some choices include: foreign languages, marching band, political science, and for upper classmen, electives in their fields of study that enhance the curriculum Haskell offers.  There is no additional tuition cost for the KU courses although students will purchase any textbooks required for the class.  A shuttle service is provided at minimal cost and runs hourly from Haskell to KU.

Keylyn Turney, currently is a part of the KU Exchange and Bridge program here at Haskell, she’s been in the program since August 21st, 2017. Turney commented, “I love getting the opportunity to take KU classes one to two at a time. It is a much easier transition into a bigger university. I do not enjoy driving there and trying to find a parking spot! That’s obnoxious. KU classes are much larger in size. Other than that, I think they all vary upon the subject and requirements of the class. Currently I’ve only taken 2 but I am pre-enrolled for 4 more before I graduate Haskell in December 2018”.

Haskell students are given many opportunities to explore and get the chance to be apart of a program, club, and other activities that will benefit them. Its taking chances as a student, building a record that will show what accomplishments you have done, and just to be involve with other students who want to do and learn more.

Running Start: Elect Her

April 26, 2018 - 12:34pm

article by Amanda Smith, photos by Michael Begay

Elect Her was hosted at its first tribal college, Haskell Indian Nations University, a one-day event for young woman who share an interest in running for any type of government. About 30 students attended; those who share an interest in running for office and wanting to know more about Elect Her. Came together to share knowledge about the concerns they have whether it’s on campus or within their own tribe, they helped one another and encouraged each other. This event brought two Indigenous woman who are currently in or running for office, Liana Onnen and Sharice Davids, to share their experience and give advice on what it’s like to be in office.

Sharice Davids, currently running for U.S. States Congress in Kansas, a member of the Ho-Chuck Nation shared her experience about what it’s like running against other Non-Natives, her journey on how far she has come, and what she plans to accomplish. She states in her speech, “As the daughter of a single mother Army veteran, I know the importance of determination and service to country. As a woman and a Native American, I know how to stand up and fight for equity. As a lawyer, economic advisor, and advocate, I know how to build consensus and get things done”. Indigenous woman like Sharice Davids, who campaigns for women, people of color, and LGBTQ founders, and is a highly trained in martial arts and has competed as both an amateur and professional in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), shows that a woman can do anything she wants to do.

Liana Onnen, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairperson, stated in her speech, “I do this not for the money, I certainly do not do it for the fame, I do it because it matters, I do it because its important to my community, I do it because it’s what I believe my people deserve, its what I believe Indian people deserve, I don’t just fight for my tribe, I fight for all Indian people at the national level..”.

These young women who attended this event all represented the entire Haskell student body and their tribes. They heard motivating words from a Tribal Chairwoman and a Congressional Candidate for Kansas that Indigenous woman have every right to do the same job as a man, to stand up, get their voices heard and that they are capable of anything.

Escape Reality with Massage Therapy

April 26, 2018 - 12:23pm

by Rashad Squalls

Some of us wake up and dread having to exert extra energy throughout the day. The fatigue from stress can weigh heavy on our minds and bodies. If not properly managed health problems can occur such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, mental health problems, along with other various illnesses. It is of upmost importance to not deprive ourselves of relaxation. Haskell’s Indian Nations University undergraduate Donald J. Dewit is working on a career as a health practitioner. Dewit specializes in massage therapy and uses his training to relieve the community around him from day to day tension. There are many different techniques used with massage therapy such as trigger point, acupressure, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, hot stone, plus many more. Dewitt says that his favorite method for massage therapy is using hot stones on his clients. “Massage treatment is an organic way to reduce back pain and arthritis, as well as help with the quality of sleep that you recieve overnight” quotes Many people from the community have become Massage therapy clients due to the health benefits. “I work with all types, the elderly, adults, teens, and kids”, quoted Dewit. Dewit is also a traveling massage therapist who has recently been to Cancun Mexico, Belize, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas City. He has had the privilege to provide his services to a vast range of clients. When asked what Dewit’s favorite part of his career was he responded, “The best part of my job is that I get to make somebody’s day better whether they’re seeing me for body pain or stress. My clients will tell me that they feel more relaxed and calm after their treatment”. Next time you feel overwhelmed from school, work, or running errands throughout the day consider massage therapy, treat yourself.

Frank Waln at Lied Center

April 26, 2018 - 12:21pm

by Kayla Bointy

Native Performance Artist Frank Waln, alongside his Dream Warriors performed at the Lied Center.  Frank Waln has inspiring words in his lyrics and his rhymes are often accompanied by the budding vocalist Tinaya Winder, who’s full voice adds poignancy to his message.  With his words and her voice, the audience can also enjoy the dancing styles of Micco Sampson who mixes traditional moves, hoop dancing, and contemporary interpretative dance .  Together the trio is a 360-degree experience. The audience sat on stage and was welcomed to come up while he rapped, it was intimate show. It was like being privy to a jam session. The crowd consisted of ages from young to old, scholars, students, native and non-native. The performance spoke to everyone in some way. After Waln, Sampson, and Winder took pictures and gave autographs, very personable and friendly. Keep an eye out for them on their upcoming #Healit Tour.