Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas has long been the unpopular step child of both The Bureau of Indian Affairs and The Bureau of Indian Education.
It is now completely out of hand run into the ground by The Bureau of Indian Education’s Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn a social worker, Mr. Chris Redman a person with no experience what so ever in running a university and Venita Chenault who has never worked anywhere else except when Dr.Warner had the foresight to detail her to Kansas University for a year. Same with Dan Wildcat .
We now sadly stand by and watch while without Dr.Warner’s leadership skills and education, Haskell limps along on what is surely be it’s last breathe, unless, by some miracle Three Kansas Republicans U.S. Sen. Roberts, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins can put Dr.Warner back at the Haskell helm ( that is if she is willing to be back at the Haskell Helm ) with the full support of Washington D.C. get rid of the Haskell trouble makers and get a new Haskell Board of Regents. Some are saying even with that it may be too late for Haskell Indian Nations University.
We thought these replies to our last blog ” It takes Two Baby ” worth wild to reprint and so without further ado…
sypeccary (Anonymous) says…
Were they both appointed to serve at the same time? Did one of them mistakenly put the wrong date or maybe just thought they were appointed? Somebody, either in Lawrence or in BIE Land but probably both, screwed up.
Too bad that Haskell has become a national joke and it’s going to be very hard to recover from all this. Very sad for all of those faculty, staff and students who mean well.
8 January 2010
drillsgt (Anonymous) says…
VC (Venita Chenault) is giving promised jobs to her friends…shame on her..and making decisions on gossip and hear say…shame ..and …well she done enough damage…sorry for the students who are there now…..
9 January 2010
ssakcaj (Anonymous) says…
Come on guys, I can explain this one. They each only work half days, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.
My friend out at Haskell was telling me about this friday evening, Dan Wildcat was appointed by Chris Redman back in December to be assigned to the office of vice president of university services. He started that job this past Monday. So he knew he wasn’t the president when he signed the above memos. The funny thing about the Wildcat detail one was that Chris Redman sent it out as the From:, but Venida Chenault signed it. Why? I don’t know. Third base.
He says it is like a comedy act out there. People and not just Wildcat and Chenault are putting out memos, assigning themselves titles. I guess Mike Lewis the bookkeeper has promoted himself to Chief Financial Officer. This is the same clown that got slammed by the post Warner audit for having “insubstantial to non-existent financial controls.” He was required to prepare a documented and reviewed policy for the auditors and then have training for anyone working with his department as well as his staff. And for Warner bashers, this guy is not supervised by her, rather he is directly supervised by the BIA/BIE.
The other sad part he was saying is that over the next two months Dr. Warner had laid out over 20 million dollars worth of grant applications that Faculty and staff were supposed to be working on and since she left nothing has been done and in all probablity no applications will be submitted. Admittedly, an application is no guarantee of an award, but if they received even 5%, one million dollars, that would represent around ten percent of the whole universities budget.
One last thing I remember is that he said that evidently the acting Presidents don’t work on the weekends since every time there is a detail one ends on Friday and the next starts on Monday. I guess that way if anything happens on the weekend, it’s not anyone’s fault.
haskellnews commentary Jan 10, 2010