Acting (some days, most days, frequently and occasionally) President Dan Wildcat is off campus this week .

Dr.Venida Chenault wants us to send a special congratulations to Dr. Dan Wildcat who recently won a teaching award typically designated for elementary teachers in Lawrence.

With qualifications that include self-proclaimed expertise in climate change (most people have a degree before they claim this, or a science background, or even subject matter expertise as a traditional person) and card carrying member of a non-federally recognized tribe, Haskell Indian Nations University is lucky to have Dan Wildcat because most Universities have academically qualified people working on climate change and most BIA/BIE institutions are required to hire people who can prove they have tribal membership and most other applicants for this particular award actually TEACH classes.

Haskell Indian Nations University continues to break new frontiers under Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn’s management-from-her-bed style. Look for breaking news soon on how she got her Senior Executive Service (SES) $150K a year job and why she can keep it now that her husband (Spike Bighorn) who likely supervised the members of the rating panel as Chief of Staff (before Larry Echohawk) bailed and is now refereeing full-time elsewhere.

Next thing we know, Dr. Dan Wildcat will be asking us to congratulate Dr. Venida Chenault on her “Student Conduct Management” award; Mike Lewis will be up for the “penny, penny, who’s got the penny award”; and Mike Tosee will be handed another $30K or so for his “I’m in it for the kids award” from the Mellon Foundation. Just how many of those awards can you get for doing the exact same thing? Even his own tribe is tired of paying for nothing now that his uncle can’t write a check.

Guess I will write A*CF and Mellon Foundation and find out the answer to that one. I will post when they respond. Oh yes, I will post my response from The Internal Revenue Service and the Kansas State Attorney General too.

Acting (some days, most days, frequently and occasionally) President Dan Wildcat is off campus this week but is steering Haskell’s climate change initiative over the phone with frequent updates to Mrs. Birdwell-Bighorn and Mr. Mike Lewis.

It is too bad that no one at Haskell has taken a look at the whole concept of “research” because in mainstream institutions, there are research protocols to follow, including getting the leader of the team or the Principal Investigator to actually have credentials of some sort.

Unless the scientific academy has taken on new ethics and now includes the Sunflower Teacher of the Year award as comparable to well, let’s say a Ph.D. from Harvard in microbiology, then we wonder why the scientists who teach in the environmental studies program at Haskell aren’t involved in this Echohawk project. Maybe Mrs. Birdwell-Bighorn can think of yet another way to highlight the underqualified faculty on a national level. This makes her social work credentials look better too.

For that matter, we wonder why the students in that program (and others) end up taking remedial coursework when they transfer into University courses elsewhere—KU included. Why is there a need for such thing as a bridge program….apparently there isn’t enough science in the science courses on this campus to allow a student to transfer seamlessly.

Unless they transfer into the Native Studies program at KU which has close ties to Dr. Wildcat even though he doesn’t have a degree in Native Studies either. He can posture about climate change and colonization, but even most of the purists in that Native Studies won’t get a degree from a mainstream university such as UMKC(the colonizer).

Purists, like Julia Goodfox and Mike Tsoee, don’t want a degree from the colonizer because that would mean you yourself were turned into the “apple” they criticize. I am pretty sure each one of them took money from the colonizer, but that’s a different blog.

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23 responses to “Acting (some days, most days, frequently and occasionally) President Dan Wildcat is off campus this week .

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    geekin_topekan (Anonymous) says…

    Funny Haskellnews should mention D. Wildcat.
    I noticed earlier that he is plugging his book on indian country today’s website

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    justme2 (Anonymous) says…

    This blog is a joke, a bad one at that. Hey RVL, have YOU passed the drug screening test? Or don’t they require those in YOUR dept?

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    halfmoon (Anonymous) says…

    Card carrying member of a non-federally recognized tribe, Haskell Indian Nations University is lucky to have Dan Wildcat because most Universities have academically qualified people working on climate change and most BIA/BIE institutions are required to hire people who can prove they have tribal membership and most other applicants for this particular award actually TEACH classes.
    I don’t understand why isn’t Mr.Wildcat fired or arrested for being an imposter? An award please??? !!!!!!!

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    halfmoon (Anonymous) says…

    P.S. Why isn’t Dan Wildcat outed by his peers and not labeled a fraud, Indian what to be…….like that guy was over at KU? Mr.Wildcat and his fellow workers sure went after that guy !!!!

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    NMXeagle (Anonymous) says…

    Why in the world would Dan Wildcat go after the KU fraud? They are colleagues and collaborate on research and writing projects. One needs the KU science connection and the other needs association with Haskell (Indians) so they both are recognized for being something they’re not. Why else would two people be needed to write 9 articles less than 10 pages long? Of course, these are hardly prestigious publications.

    http://people.ku.edu/~bbrandon/Dan%20…

    patrickfreeland, You mean Yuchi. Is there is a separate Yuchi roll?

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    snowing (Anonymous) says…

    @NMXeagle tried to find that link cannot. I have a couple of questions1. How did Dan Wildcat get hired at Haskell if his tribe is not federally recognized? 2. Isn’t this the same Haskell teacher who says he can speak Mvskoke but speaks very little if any of it? 3. Do teachers at Haskell just proclaim themselves to be an expert in something and then it is so? Does Haskell not screen these people?

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    samurai_5 (Anonymous) says…

    Hey Haskellnews,
    How about focusing on getting an education rather than slandering instructors who have already gotten theirs. It’s called a run on sentence, learn about it. People like you choose to undermine everyone else rather than being accountable for their own actions. Just because you have an opinion about someone doesn’t mean that you speak for everyone. If you have such a problem with instructors and people who run haskell then why don’t you say it to their faces? If you have all the answers to the problems at haskell, why not take an active role in making positive change instead of airing your grievances online? If you hate haskell so much then go to school somewhere else, I’m sure SIPI is still taking students. And if you love haskell then you need to stop making haskell look like it’s producing spiteful, uneducated people.

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    littlebird (Anonymous) says…

    Actually it would appear the preferred spelling is Euchee based on this entry from the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma.

    euchee (yuchi) tribe of indians *
    Chairman Andrew Skeeter
    P.O. Box 10
    Sapulpa, OK 74067
    Phone: (918) 224-3065
    Fax: (918) 224-3065
    http://www.euchee.org
    *Historic Tribe that has filed for Federal Recognition

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    littlebird (Anonymous) says…
    I know that Wildcat’s brother, Wayne, states on his bio, “His father was full blood Euchee, a tribe, children of the Sun, who once lived in the southeastern United States, before their relocation on the Trail of Tears to Indian Territory, now near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The government listed them on the Creek rolls. His mother’s family homesteaded in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.”

    So Patrick, evidently your instruction at your wonderful university might not have been as accurate as you thought.

    And it does bring up another question, did Wildcat claim Indian Preference when hired? One of the requirements is that you state which tribe you are a member. Is Wildcat Euchee, an unrecognized tribe or is he Creek? The first would make him ineligible for Indian Preference, the second while making him eligible would require him to lie. You either are a member of the Creek tribe or you aren’t. You can’t just create little mechanisms like “Euchee member of the Mvskogee (Creek) Nation.” For the purposes of Indian Preference in hiring you either are a member of the Creek Nation or you aren’t. And you can’t claim that it is the fault of the big, bad Federal Government either. If you say the Federal Government shouldn’t be deciding who is in what tribe, then fine. Don’t let them force you to be a member of the Creek Tribe. Call them up and tell them to remove you from the rolls and tell them you’re Euchee. The problem is that people want the Federal Government’s recognition because of the benefits it brings. So once again, my question is did Wildcat claim Indian Preference when he was hired?

    Unfortunately, this sounds like similar to the Ward Churchill incident, although not rising to quite the same level. It seems like Wildcat possibly used the Creek Nation tribal membership to gain employment while at the same time presenting that he was not a member. I would say that at the very least ethically, that is a little shady.

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    littlebird (Anonymous) says…

    Who is the one who has a history of slandering people? Hmmm.

    All comments made previously by Samauri_5
    15 November 2007 at 2:37 p.m.
    No, it has become synonomous with “dictator”. (Referring to Dr. Warner and the DVD attacking her)

    13 November 2007 at 9:54 a.m.
    and if Linda Warner has close ties as she does with Gipp you gotta wonder if the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. (Referring to Dr. Warner and the DVD attacking her)

    16 October 2006 at 8:23 a.m.
    Perhaps you hate the fact that you are that 1/8 native or whatever you proclaim, but you aren’t going to bully me into being ashamed of my ancestry. (On American Indians revive Columbus Day protest)

    12 October 2006 at 1:53 p.m
    Addressing Marion, “I know you are a freemason/illuminati bastard.” (On American Indians revive Columbus Day protest)

    It appears that the reason you seemed to have jumped into attack dog mode is that someone pointed out some glaring inconsistencies in the Wildcat back story. You didn’t seem to be so defensive when unfounded accusations were made about the Haskell President.

    You said, “Just because you have an opinion about someone doesn’t mean that you speak for everyone,” yet you do the very same thing in your posts numerous times. I can post examples if you like.

    With your comment, “If you have such a problem with instructors and people who run haskell then why don’t you say it to their faces,” you seen to be assuming that there is a physical co-location requirement. If such was the case how would any editorialist be able to, for example, comment on the President of the United States?

    When you say, “If you have all the answers to the problems at haskell, why not take an active role in making positive change instead of airing your grievances online? Do you not realize that Haskellnews has taken an active role. I have learned more information about the goings on and inner workings of Haskell through the Haskellnews postings and responses than I have in the previous decade I have been in town. Unfortunately, very little of it was positive.

    With your comment, “If you hate haskell so much then go to school somewhere else, I’m sure SIPI is still taking students,” you reveal more than I think you will ever know about how you have been indoctrinated into the Eurocentric society. “Our way or the highway,” “if you don’t like it leave,” or “the love it or leave it” attitude that is so prevalent in that culture.

    The last comment you make I found quite amusing, “And if you love haskell then you need to stop making haskell look like it’s producing spiteful, uneducated people.” Haskellnews doesn’t need to make Haskell look like it’s producing spiteful people, you have been taking care of that since 2006. And as far as uneducated people goes, there have been far too many examples of that already, 25% graduation rate, postings made online, protest signs with spelling and grammatical errors… The list goes on and on.

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    patrickfreeland (Patrick Freeland) says…

    I am Euchi, from my Grandfather. The Euchi were part of the creek confederacy. They’re now recognized as part of the Mvskoke Nation.

    Enough with the debate over heritage, it’s foolish and petty.

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    littlebird (Anonymous) says…

    Did you just say that any discussion or debate over heritage is foolish and petty?

    So are you saying it is okay to just accept any statement made about someone’s heritage? That it must be true that their grandmother was a Cherokee princess.

    Your dismissive comment, although ineffective, reflects a lack of moral or ethic teaching. I wonder whether this is Haskell based or pre-Haskell.

    If someone officially claims that they are a member of a federally recognized tribe to receive benefits, while publicly claiming to really be a member of another unrecognized tribe is at the very least unethical.

    There are tribal members who have gone for years without recognition, even though offered membership or were actually considered members of another tribe, and refused to accept that membership and fought for their recognition and rights. So for you to insult their efforts, discussions, and debate as foolish and petty is an insult to them as well as all native people.

    If those are the lessons that Haskell teaches, I see no reason for it to exist. The only thing in Haskell’s favor over the years is that fact that it is by and for Native American people and provides them a chance to learn and explore their own and each other’s heritage and what that means. If not for that opportunity to discuss and debate, the school serves no other purpose, surely not based on its academic standards and 25% graduation rate.

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    larryville49 (Anonymous) says…

    Back to academic credentials if I may, Dr. Blackbird was a terrible loss to Haskell—good experience in his field and PhD. Three other Haskell faculty PhDs are applying for other jobs. Faculty and staff with lesser qualifications are driving them out like they drove out Dr. Warner. Old crabs in a barrell syndrome. Too bad BIA lets this happen.

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    halfmoon (Anonymous) says…

    @XMeagle thank-you
    @littlebird great comments, I agree with you.
    @larryville49 you are right, seems like the bulling at Haskell continues. Isn’t that illlegal in Kansas schools?

    Will someone at the BIE plz investigate Dan Wildcat?

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