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.