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Stereotype Name

April 26, 2018 - 12:20pm

by Chris Talkalai
The name “Redskin” is a term used for Native Americans, but for some, they consider offensive toward Indigenous people. Recently, Haskell premiered the documentary, “More Than a Word.” It expresses the opinions of Native Americans toward the football team named, Washington “Redskins.” John and Kenneth Little documented the view point of Native Americans’ issue toward the name, and said that one day, it will be changed, because they’re not giving up. Non-Native people celebrate the name and say it wasn’t supposed to be offensive, but more like honoring them.

During the film, a poll conducted said that ninety percent of Native Americans don’t care about the issue. But when looking into how the poll was conducted, there was actually no verification on if the people
who responded were actually Native. The poll was conducted over the phone.

If they came to Haskell, and survey ed students, it would be more reliable because it’s an all Native school. The issue still remain, and will they


change the name one day? We’ll have to wait and see.



Haskell Royalty Candidates for 2018

April 17, 2018 - 5:08pm

By Diamond Williams

Haskell Royalty Candidates for 2018-2019 answer the question: Why are you running for Miss Haskell/ Haskell Brave?

Name: Troy Watterson
Tribe: Bishop Paiute
Class: Sophomore soon be Junior
Quote: I running for Brave to be able to represent Haskell in a good positive manner and to be able to represent all the tribal nations who have student attending Haskell







Name:Autumn Powell
Tribe: Navajo ,Window Rock, AZ.
Class: junior
Quote: I am running for Miss Haskell for to improve for our student’s wellness because Mr. Gipp and (Judith) Gipp tell past stories of students playing lacrosse on the powwow grounds, biking club riding around the Lawrence community, and there were so many different clubs that hosted many events and activities for students to participate in. They did that with the resource Haskell had, but over the years it’s diminishing rapidly that it’s hard to have re-start again. I want to be able to incorporate more activities that are available for students to join. I want to able to see Haskell as an active campus. I also want to represent the bi-racial students here at Haskell who may feel left out because some of them didn’t grow up knowing our tribe’s traditions and we come here learning about it on our own because no body has time to teach them. I attended the Black Panel and a lot of the Black students said they would like to see other black, white, and Latino students on the school website or when AIS classes teaching the similarities Black and Natives faced down in history.

Name: Ahnawake Dahn Toyekoyah
Tribe: Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
(Caddo, Delaware, Blackfeet, Klamath, Pit River, Kickapoo, Seminole, and Shasta)
Class: Sophomore
Quote: I would love the opportunity to be Miss Haskell because I believe I’m a great candidate for the position. I’m outgoing, kind, and I love learning about other tribes and traditions. I’m in touch with my culture and understand how valuable it is to pass from generation to generation. Given the chance to represent Haskell, I would like to help advocate for student opinions and voices. The chance to represent this University, which has helped me so greatly, is an incredibly exciting possibility and one I hope to be considered for.

Team 155! Travels Deep Into Kiowa Country

March 7, 2018 - 10:04am

by Kayla Bointy

Saturday, February 10th Team 155! The Haskell AIHEC Handgame Team, traveled to Carnegie, Oklahoma and entered a Traditional Kiowa-style Handgame. The Birthday Handgame was held in Honor of two Kiowa elders Vera (Cozad) Buffalomeat and Lewis Cozad. The team was greeted with warm welcomes from Haskell Alumni and the locals, and enjoyed excellent traditional foods. Over all Team 155 placed 4th, however did not go home empty handed, after the hosts and elders learned that Haskell Students alongside their Captains Robin and Jeremy Shield raised money on their own and rented vans out of their own pocket to travel down; The team and Captain Jeremy Shield were honored, blessed, and gifted a grocery basket (a customary gift for travelers). As well as being invited back to Oklahoma to play again.

Haskell’s First-Ever Two-Spirit Powwow

March 7, 2018 - 10:02am

by Kayla Bointy

Haskell History was made on Februrary 24th , where the First-Ever Haskell Two-Spirit Powwow was held in Tecumseh Hall. The Indian Leader took to the crowd on their opinion of the turnout . For the first-ever Haskell Two-spirit Powwow; what is your opinion on the success? Do you think there will be another? Should the Haskell student body make an effort to carry on this legacy? What are your thoughts?

Miss Haskell, Caroline Wiseman:
“Personally I had never been to a non-competition powwow, and I loved the environment of the two-spirit Powwow! It was homey, safe, and inviting! I met people from all over, the diversity there was beautiful! I would say it was a very successful powwow. I hope there is another! It would be a shame if there wasn’t because of how successful this powwow was. But it would have to be Student led, which is possible because this one was. That Student is graduating, but I feel that this powwow was so well attended, empowering, and uplifting, I think Students will carry on its legacy. ONWARD HASKELL!”

Fancy Shawl Dancer and Sophmore Ra’el Wilbur states :
“I thought it was very successful by the way it was organized, you could tell Bry had everything on time and made the entire community feel welcome.. Especially when it came to grand entry time, because normally Haskell Powwows don't start exactly when they say it will, and then Bry comes in with the Two-Spirit Powwow exactly how he said it was going to be. I hope they have another Two-Spirit Powwow planned for the future, because Haskell is a very rich cultural campus and having these events is a great way of bringing the student body and community together. It also encourages the students to be connected to their cultural roots, even though some tribes have different practices, its still a great way to get them involved and be proud of who they are as an Indigenous person.”

Student Worker and Junior, Randy Nagitsy :
“I would have to say that the success showed in the number of alumni who attended and showed their support. Hearing those gay/ lesbian/ two spirit alumni response on social media , as well as their emotional response , people cried ,and I believe that shows it was a form of healing in its own … It would be nice if there could be another Two-Spirit powwow but it would take a combination of student will, hard work and acceptance from the student body as well as the community. I believe that’s why Two-Spirit month was so successful due to Bry (Asmaali) Library Carrie and (Elyse) Towey who actually kept on their agenda, had an itemized list on how to execute each component of educating and healing . I think my favorite part of the two spirit event would be the Dine’ speaker spoke of his relationship with his fiancé , and how in the state of Arizona their marriage would be recognized, however the Navajo Nation, due to the Dine’ Act of 2005 prohibits them from getting married. That was a bit of an eye-opener because you have a state that’s willing to acknowledge same sex marriage but even within in our own tribal nations, (I believe its twelve tribes who prohibit same sex marriage and the Dine’ Nation is one of them) some tribes who wont let go of their own colonial mindsets… in order to carry on the legacy of what we witnessed this past month, the responsibility lies within the two spirit community. Bry really laid the blueprint for future Haskell students who take the initiative to carry on, but I believe it can be done.”

Open mic nights at Haskell: An Outlet for Students to Express Themselves

March 7, 2018 - 9:58am

By Mark Morales

Talent among students at Haskell is not hard to find but unfortunately finding proper venues to display
those talents can be. This will hopefully not be the case in the future.
On February 8, 2017 the Haskell Two Spirit/ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) +
Grant Committee hosted a slam poetry/ open mic night at Tommaney Hall (library) as part of Haskell’s
Two Spirit Celebration Month. “The event had such a remarkable turnout” According to Carrie Cornelius.
Talks are now in place to make Haskell open mic night a routine event.
Considerations for hosting a monthly open mic night being discussed revolve around concerns of
distance and student safety at current open mic venues in Lawrence. Open mic events in Lawrence are
typically held at bars that cater to patrons who tend to be intoxicated and can encourage alcohol
consumption which is prohibited at Haskell campus. Students like Rashad Squalls have vocalized their
concerns about this as well as the distance they must currently travel in order “display their talents at
open mic nights”. Also, a majority of students do not have access to vehicles that can get them to and
from venues in Lawrence. Unruly Kansas weather can also play a significant role in safe student
For reasons like this, it seems to make sense that Haskell regularly host events like Haskell Open Mic
night on campus that students can conveniently and safely travel to as well as be among their peers.
While at these events students get a chance to associate with one another and showcase their talents
which can be a great ice breaking mechanism for students who are not as verbal. Besides being great
entertainment, these events can also lead to lifelong skills in communication.
As far as Entertainment goes, with a little bit of encouragement and healthy environment for
expression, “Haskell Open Mic Night” could be a catalyst to breaking the next big Hollywood star!
According to librarian Carrie Cornelius, The next proposed open Mic night is being purposed for early

Haskell Safety

March 7, 2018 - 9:57am

by Erynn Ducheneaux

In the wake of the deadliest mass school shooting in U.S. history, Haskell students are
curious as to what the Universities protocols are if this school were to have an active shooter on
campus. Chloe Gunville, a current student at Haskell, states that she feels safe here on Haskell
campus around fellow natives but what concerns her is the law that was introduced allowing KU
campus to carry firearms. For her being a bridge program student, and KU being a P.W.I
(predominantly white institution), she says she is a little more guarded when on their campus.
Haskell’s Code of Conduct does not include any instructions or procedures to follow regarding
an active shooter, so how would the students know what to do? Dawnee Keckler, a current
Haskell transfer student pointed out that if she were ever to be in a situation of the sort, she
wouldn’t know what to do if she were in panic mode because it is never talked about and is not
written down anywhere. Although Haskell has an E-2 Alert text messaging system in place for
emergencies, many Haskell students stated that they know nothing about it. The E-2 alert
notifications are a free service that is used during emergencies that will include time/date, a brief
description of the emergency, where and who to receive further information from. Students can
sign up for these alerts at But that is only one form of security, are there others?
Haskell has unarmed security patrolling the campus but what about inside the buildings and what
happens when their shift ends for the day? Acting director of Haskell library, Carrie Cornelius
indicated that it has been brought up in previous staff meeting about what to do if an active
shooter were to enter the building, she then stated they go into lock down, get students away
from the windows and find an enclosed room for the students and staff to hide out in. Carrie did
also mention that this is not talked about enough and the evacuation maps are outdated but in the
aftermath of this shooting, Haskell staff have recently received an emailing regarding an
upcoming safety trainings for this type of situation and are also encouraging students to report
anything they may see or hear that does not sound or feel right to authorities on campus. Students
deserve to feel and know how to be safe. Chloe Gunville mentioned that maybe the school
should have metal detectors and card access to get into buildings, not too bad of an idea.

The Historical Context of Indigenous Leadership

March 7, 2018 - 9:57am

by Allen Stephenson

Here at Haskell, we’ve observed our American President say some rather questionable
things to the press and tweet undeniably questionable things to the public world at large. While
we ultimately don’t condemn or condone the president’s actions we can only help but wonder
about the legitimacy of his leadership skills. It was this thinking on criticisms of Trump as a
leader that I was struck by the notion of studying Indigenous leadership and decided to see what
lies within the leadership of current and past Native leaders.
Gone are the days of wild dances and primordial fires. Our ancestors of the last true tribal
independence have told their stories. Great stories of battle and sacrifice. Stories that have
shaped a nation, created empires and ultimately defined what it means to be a Native American.
How then, do we put the great stories of our people, the indigenous people, into metrics the
world can understand? We need only to look at the pivotal examples of our forefathers, the
iconoclast leaders of the many tribes that populate the Americas of both past and present.
Throughout history we have looked at the many and varied ways indigenous
leaders have exhibited leadership to some surprising results. The biggest observation we see in
the historic examples shown to us would be, that there is no one way to lead. When it comes to
indigenous paradigms, high levels of variance are common. This means that we see each leader’s
example use their own Tribal epistemology and methodology applied toward concepts of
To be a leader, you must have followers. This truth permeates throughout the annals of time and
with good reason. The leaders in all our most famous studies had followers.

Tribesmen, families, elders, all looking to them for answers and this is where we make our
second observation. Many of the Indigenous biographies studied had a common factor in their
historical context. The rise of America as a world power, the Industrial revolution and the last
formal fights of resistance are all common backdrops in the lives of virtually every leader that
existed during this time frame.

The past clearly shows us that Historic context gave birth to leaders. That people,
our people, at least have always risen to the challenge of survival. The simple fact that we are
still here is testament enough to that. What about the narrative of leadership? Did all our
examples have the same motivations? Of course not. While some will argue the personal
motivations of these historic leaders is paramount for research, we should instead look at the
cultural context that is applied to each leader. It is by doing this that we gain greater insight into
the culture and people they respectively belong to.

This is very important when it comes to our perception, because our world is not the
world any of the historic leaders could have ever imagined. As we try to dissect the narrative of
indigenous leadership from the historic perspective of the Indian Leaders of the past, we find a
few glaring problems, not with them, but with us. As the modern Native identity seeks to
reconcile its new “American Individual” alter ego within its own indigenous community. We
must remember that even as we see their biographies as individual, they are very much a single
part of a whole, not a whole single part.

This is critical if we are to decipher their actions and truly learn from the priceless
examples of Indigenous Leadership they set before us. This final observation is that none of
these leaders were individuals in the sense that we know.

The followers they had were directly connected with them. There was no distinct
separation of class between a leader and follower within the indigenous paradigm, all were of the
tribe. With this final truth we begin to see the unique definition of Indigenous leadership come to
fruition and realize all the sacrifices of the past will not be in vain. Standing on the shoulders of
giants, Now it's our turn to lead for the next generation. The way is clear, the path is open.

The Man With The Ice Scraper

March 7, 2018 - 9:55am

by Cody Vannaman

I got the chance to talk with Noah Webster aka The Man With The Scraper. I asked him why he went out in the cold and helped scrap the ice off of other people’s car? He said, “It had to be done.” I asked him to walk me through how all this went down. He responded with, “I was walking back from lunch around one and I saw people try to scrape the ice off their windshields with their id cards. Then I yelled do you need any help, so I went and helped them. After that I went inside, put warmer clothes on and moved from car to car and just didn’t pay attention to the time and keep going.”

My last question I asked him was would he do it again, he said, “Of course I would do it again. I feel it’s my civic duty to help people in the community.” So next time you see someone who needs help with something, if it’s scraping ice off their car or with a subject in school, or just anything, be like Noah and help them. A good deed can go a long way if you just help.

One Game At A Time

March 7, 2018 - 9:54am

by Cody Vannaman

Haskell Women’s Basketball Roster
21. Tiana Guillory
23. Justina Coriz-Captain
13. Paige Dale
33. Darrian Diwayan
20. Chloe Gunville
30. Nykki Benally
05. Janee Bates
22. Sierra Penn
44. Keli Warrior-Captain
1. Jandra Levi
3. Lexi Kimball
40. Devon Spoonhunter
35. Caylee Lujan

Managers: Alec Peehler and Jake White

Head Coach: Flanagan

Assistant Coach: John Morris


The Haskell Women’s Basketball Team is making it to conference this year and will play on Saturday the 24th. I interviewed most of the girls on the basketball team and their head coach for their upcoming battle in conference. I got the chance to interview Coach Flanagan (Head Coach), and he had a lot to say about his team. “We have enough talent, size, and young players we really relied on this season. Our plan is obviously to win the next game, but we want the culture of responsibility to represent the best way possible. We also have a moto I guess, it’s do everything to your best ability.”

I asked how he felt about his seniors, he responded with, “Keli Warrior is a big part in the process especially since she holds the record for most points her at Haskell, her and Justina Coriz don’t overthink anything, they are playing in the here and now, and they are always doing better everyday.”

I also asked about Paige Dale, a key player in their rotation, and if her being injured affects anything? He answered with “It affects our rotation and having other having to play her position.” I asked him how he feels about the girls, the team, and why the community should come and support them, he added with, “We have a great group of girls, we have Keli who like I said is the leading scorer in Haskell, and we are a fun and exciting group to watch.”

I got the chance to interview most of them, but not Keli, but senior Justina Coriz had this to say, “Me and Keli are trying to make our last year the best it can be. We have to play one game at a time, we are trying to survive, but be on the lookout cause you don’t wanna miss anything.” Tiana Guillory had this to say, “All the hard work throughout the season has paid off big for us.” Sophomore guard, Sierra Penn said, “I’m very excited to play with the teammates I have, I think we have a good chance at getting far.”

Darrian Diwayan is quiet, but deadly down in the post, she had this to say, “I’m not really nervous to be playing in conference, just glad to be apart of a team.” Janee Bates also sophomore guard and starter said, “We are a different team from last year, we gotta go to conference and do work. We have a good chance at winning.” Number 30 Nykki Benally said, “Every team has to play in the tournament, so if we play our game no one can beat us.”

As a reporter and fan of basketball, I think they can pull off the win and can move onto nationals and possible win it all. Most of the girls had said they wished their seniors had another year to play with them. They all motivate each other in different ways, but mainly through the game and the effort they put out. They are all very excited to be playing in conference and happy they got the two seed. If they win this Saturday they will automatically be in Nationals which would be big not just for the girls, coaches, and team, but also for the school in general.

Celebrating Diversity at Haskell

February 21, 2018 - 11:48am

By Terrence Littlejohn
February is Black History Month, prior to the story, Haskell had not set up anything to celebrate but currently two events are being planned. We asked students about their cultural heritage of being both African American and Native American.

1. As a Native American that is also of African descent do you feel racial stereotypes at Haskell?
2. Do you feel that there is more pressure on you being both African American/Native American than that of a Native American mixed with another race?
3. Which race do you relate more to?

Shanice Chatlin, Haskell Sophomore, San Carlos Apache responses:
1. Yes, because weather some know it or not they tend to make racial comments concerning black people. I’ve encountered racism here on campus being half black.
2. Yes, because Native American and African Americans are both minorities and both dark skinned. Going in public and being dark skinned people assume many different things.
3. I relate more to my Native American side. Only because all my life I’ve only knew my Native side.

Aiyana Jack, Haskell Junior, Yankton Sioux & Standing Rock Sioux
1. Yes, because some people look at you here at Haskell as being only a little bit of Native American or not enough.
2. Yes, because we come from two oppressed cultures.
3. I think this is different for everyone. I grew up in a Native household and I didn’t know much about my African American side, but being from a reservation and being one of the only multiracial children on the reservation I feel like I could relate more to my African American side.

Emalyne King, Haskell Sophomore, Oklahoma Choctaw
1. No, but I feel like that could do with the people I surrounded myself with and the time that I got here. When I arrived last Spring, it was a bunch of girls pretty much locked in Pokie (Pocahontas Hall) because of an incoming ice storm, so all of us were new and in the same situation of not knowing anything, so we all got along. Since I’m always with my friends I haven’t given myself a chance to experience biases on campus.
2. I feel that as both Native and African American there is more pressure to not be a stereotype and show people that I can be successful and that my nationality does not define me.
3. I can’t say I relate more to either side. Once I’m outside of my group of friends and family people assume I’m black just from looking at me and when I speak ask why I don’t sound black. Or if I say I’m native, people are shocked that natives still exist and then wonder if I live in a teepee.

Baron Hoy, Haskell Senior, Mvskoke
1. The feeling is a bit different than the rest of the world but there are similarities. Prejudices here exist. Unsaid prejudices, practices of exclusion and ignorance of the black/Native students is prevalent here. It’s similar in a sense of superiority as the rest of the world. It’s similar in that there is division. It’s weird that it’s coming from your own, indigenous people but they also seem to benefit from African American culture through music, art, fashion, sport and lingo.
2. Most definitely, yes. Unlike other people we are a double minority. Being Black is objectified, and labeled a certain way. It’s unsettling because Native Americans have that syndrome where they love their oppressors but hate their oppressors as well. Minority people including African Americans look up to their oppressors and seek their validation, services, products instead of building economies of our own and creating our own value. That self-perpetuating system is what keeps us under bondage and oppressed. Our Ancestors would be ashamed of the division and corruption. As a people we have ceased looking out for the people we are looking out for ourselves. To our ancestors that alone would make us the white man. Not by race but by action. If it swims does it make it a fish? Most likely yes. “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”-Malcolm X
3. Both, I was raised as both. There wasn’t a “Coming to Native America”, realization for me. As many would assume. I was raise both a black individual and native. I grew up I identify as both because it is my right to. I am Mvskoke, I am Creek fully as I am African (As was told to me by a respected elder in 2015 on my tribal grounds.) Haskell has been in my vocabulary since I was very young. My mother went to Haskell, and helped Haskell transitions to a university from a Junior college as student senate president. So my involvement is solidified.

Black History Month Event

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by Tiffany Blevins

Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2018 - 1:31pm

by Tiffany Blevins

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

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

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

Make America Think Again

February 16, 2018 - 1:29pm

by Allen Stephenson

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

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

Welcome to Sovereignty

February 16, 2018 - 1:29pm

by Allen Stephenson

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

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

Haskell Highlight Night

February 16, 2018 - 1:28pm

By Shirley Cypher

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

Education is the Key to Success

February 16, 2018 - 1:27pm

by Amanda Smith

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

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

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

Haskell Softball Preview

February 14, 2018 - 3:53pm

The Haskell softball team huddles around Coach Gary Tanner

By: Cody Allan Vannaman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indian Leader Vol. 121 Issue #2

February 14, 2018 - 1:34pm

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