Venita Chenault fails as Haskell Indian Nations University’s Acting President

haskellnews commentary continues on a daily basis to receive complaints about Venita Chenault and her “leadership” at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence Kansas a Bureau of Indian Education University run out of Washington D.C.

The following are but a few of the complaints haskellnews commentary has received in just the past week:

Venita Chenault is the Acting President of Haskell Indian Nations University and Vice President of Academic Affairs AND the Vice President of University Services. So she is wearing at least three hats.

That means Josh Arce Haskell’s OCIO Director is being supervised by his own mother, not to mention that Venita’s sister, Nadine Milne works in residential housing.

While haskellnews commentary certainly has nothing against Josh Arce or Nadine Milne we feel this needs attention called to it since it is against federal policy.

It has also been bought to our attention that recently there was a discussion at Haskell’s University Council Meeting that Venita Chenault wants to send the Fulbright Scholars home and cancel their classes! Excuse us what??

The Fulbrights are a United States government program, Haskell Indian Nations University is a government school.

What would that to do Haskell Indian Nations University’s reputation? Not to mention Haskell students. Oh, yeah Ms. Chenault doesn’t care about them.

AND Venita Chenault has hired back Theresa Milk, the pot-addled/ bare footed English instructor who Haskell Indian Nations University was fortunate enough to get rid of once before. Ms. Milk owed a bunch of money to the library among other things, which is why she left to begin with. Apparently accountability means nothing to Venita Chenault,as long as you’re one of her little flunkies.

Gotta give Venita Chenault some props. Its takes a lot of hubris to blatantly retaliate against people hired by Dr.Warner, to deliberately tear down any initiative that Dr. Warner began no matter how negatively it impacts students, to hire back incompetent people just because they support you (like we saw listed in the class offerings list this semester), and all the while going on about how traditional she is. Hubris.

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…..

We feel that the biggest problem at Haskell Indian Nations University is the total lack of leadership even within the Bureau of Indian Education itself. Too many “actings” and not enough real experienced leadership, no organization can be run like this and certainly not an educational one.

Giving any power to “actings” is at best ludicrous.

We hope that Dr.Warner’s detail will end quickly and that she will be willing to return to Haskell Indian Nations University and maybe she can save a sinking ship even tho most of the programs that she put into place are drowning on that same ship build by Venita Chenault.

Venita Chenault needs to go and take those who tried to help her destroy Haskell Indian Nations University with her. Shame on her.

haskellnews commentary would like to thank the following people who when they heard that Haskell Indian Nations University was in some real trouble stepped forward to try and help a group of Native American Students, so few people ever do that.

They are: U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R) Kansas, U.S. Senator Sam Brownback ( R ) Kansas, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas (R) – U.S. Congress, and Dolph Simons Jr., chairman of The World Company and editor and publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World.

We hope the following are ashamed of themselves:

Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn, Larry Echohawk, Chris Redman, Kevin Skenadore, Bart Stevens, Paul Tsosie, Arne Duncan and The Bureau of Indian Affairs, The Bureau of Indian Education out of Washington D.C.

We also hope that in the weeks to come The Bureau of Indian Affairs, The Bureau of Indian Education out of Washington D.C will find themselves cooperating with The United States Senators who are trying to get some answers about Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

haskellnews commentary Jan 13, 2010

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23 responses to “Venita Chenault fails as Haskell Indian Nations University’s Acting President

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    sypeccary (Anonymous) says…

    It may be that because the BIE allowed all this to happen they are not going to act because that would mean admitting wrongdoing on their part. The wheel of karma still turns, however, and no one can continually get away with bad behavior.

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    millie (Anonymous) says…

    The BIE did allow it to happen and they are responsible for their actions. I do not believe that the BIE can simply tell United States senators to just go away. They may think they can because they have been such a corrupt and powerful agency for so long and I don’t believe anyone has ever been brave enough to demand answers from them before. Hurray for our Kansas Senators!!!!

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    mkolo (Anonymous) says…

    How sad for the students and folks to live with this shameful behavior…Bureau of Indian Education needs to fix this fast! And hurry up and bring back Dr.Warner.

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    mkolo (Anonymous) says…

    Because The Bureau of Indian Education is corrupt, too! They run off all the good educators and leave the dregs in charge….just ask and see what has happened over the years. It is so sad for Indian education…its a mess. It will take serious political intervention and then some because we have Bureau of Indian Education people who have tribal leaders in their hip pockets, they will come to their defense and congress will slap them on the wrist and allow it to continue. That’s been the story for eons.

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    Olympics (Anonymous) says…

    1-Faith in Republican senators to be good to Indian country? That’s rich. You may need to dance with these Republican devils to get a formal resolution of the leadership down at Haskell and BIE, but to have FAITH in the Republican party will do right by Indigenous interests is laughable.

    2-The ridiculous one-sided attacks on the acting leadership and over-the-top love of Warner undermines the credibility of this blog.

    I’ll be happy to be wrong about the KS Repubs helping in this situation, but good recent examples remain to be seen.

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    goldpurple6 (Anonymous) says…

    Let us hope the Senators will get answer to their questions quickly. As for this blog being one sided, there are a lot of issues that have been brought forward. In a previous commentary I remarked if these ‘acting’ leaders had any sense and true experience they would not be taking away opportunities for students and future students. There are many concerned citizens and stakeholders who want answers and fast. It is ashame if this current ‘acting’ is reacting and being retaliatory, being accountable for the education of the current student population is a huge responsibility and unfortunate their futures are being played with in an act of revenge. Why aren’t the administrators trying to work together and keep the Fulbright scholars? Apparently they have no clue about what it means to be a university. Sorry Haskell, maybe you should have stayed a junior college. The current ‘actings’ must like the victim mentality and keeping the status quo.

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    millie (Anonymous) says…

    What a shame for Haskell that the Fulbright program could be lost to them because the acting Haskell president Venita Chenault is immature, childish and vengeful.

    I found this off of the Fulbright site:
    A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values.

    Many foreign Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to take leadership positions in their home countries, often working at universities or in government service.

    More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.

    This is a great opportunity for Haskell students to interact and study with students from other countries. Hats off to Dr.Warner for bringing it to our Native American students at Haskell.

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    snowing (Anonymous) says…

    Olympics (Anonymous) says…

    1-Faith in Republican senators to be good to Indian country? That’s rich.

    It’s American I’ll have faith in anything I want to have faith in.

    Olympics (Anonymous) says…
    2-The ridiculous one-sided attacks on the acting leadership and over-the-top love of Warner undermines the credibility of this blog.

    Then don’t read this blog.

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    justme2 (Anonymous) says…

    This blog is shameful! Learn how to write intelligently and then maybe people will consider you (haskellnews) a somewhat credible source. Until then, you will continue to represent yourself (selves) as not only ignorant, but an embarrassment to Haskell Indian Nations University.

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    jumpin_catfish (Anonymous) says…

    No place for party politics in this one folks. Haskell needs help and if these folks who were elected by the people of Kansas want to try and help then I say right on!

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    larryville49 (Anonymous) says…

    Add this to the list. If you check the schedule. The theater program is gone. The education degree is teetering. The newspaper classes are gone. Science courses are down. What a shame.

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    bunnyhawk (Anonymous) says…

    Venita Chenault is talented and remarkable woman. She has devoted her life to making a positive difference in both her personal and professional lives. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is widely known to be a seriously disfunctional federal agency. Haskell’s struggles are not Dr. Chenault’s doing. Haskell University could look long and hard before finding another leader who is anywhere near as committed and talented as Dr. Chenault.

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    sypeccary (Anonymous) says…

    bunnyhawk, define “talented.”

    You are right about one thing. She has indeed “devoted her life to making a positive difference in both HER personal and professional lives.” Thanks for telling us what we already knew. Her actions at Haskell prove it.

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    ssakcaj (Anonymous) says…

    Okay Venida, I mean “bunnyhawk” tell us what you, I mean Venida, has done to make a difference at Haskell? Name one program she has created, one major grant that she has written, one thing?

    She has been there since 1992 and what has she done as an academic. They still have the same Associate level degree in Social Work that they first started offering in the 70’s. One would think that she would have developed a bachelor’s, and master’s degree for the univesity by now. She had a year up at the University of Kansas and what did she come up with?

    Nothing.

    Although I am sure your slam of Chenault was unintentional, I believe you unknowingly spoke the truth. Chenault and her cronies are only concerned about their own personal and professional developement not the students.

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    millie (Anonymous) says…

    @
    bunnyhawk (Anonymous) says…

    Venita Chenault is talented and remarkable woman.( If she is no one could ever prove it except maybe you ( last woman ) She has devoted her life to making a positive difference in both her personal and professional lives.( True she has devoted her life to making HER life better, for herself ) The Bureau of Indian Affairs is widely known to be a seriously disfunctional federal agency.( I will agree with you on this point ) Haskell’s struggles are not Dr. Chenault’s doing.( Excuse me? Where do I start Venita Chenault has canceled Dr.Warner’s 2 new BA programs, she is trying to ruin Haskell’s Fulbright program and the list goes on and on ) Haskell University could look long and hard before finding another leader who is anywhere near as committed and talented as Dr. Chenault.( Omg if Haskell get’s stuck with her much longer it will not even exist) ! P.S. Haskell didn’t have to look to hard to find her she has never been anywhere else, except that detail to KU. I remember when she was working at Haskell and taking classes at KU and her husband use to call Haskell and try to warn people about her…well he has proved his point !!!! And her sister who works at the dorms is always taking about how messed up Venita’s personal life is. That and that she is friends with you enough to prove my point.

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    littlebird (Anonymous) says…

    Ouch, that was brutal.

    I have one for you though from my friend out at Haskell. One of the manager’s left for the day, no annual or sick leave submitted. Evidently federal employees not only get time off for vacation, they paid if they are sick as well. And a lot of it. My friend has 260 hours of vacation time. Yeah, 6 plus weeks. I wish…

    Back to my point, the manager just left work, no leave, didn’t tell anyone. Another manager called up and informed Vanita Chenault. Instead of saying thank you for this information I will check into it. She went off on the manager asking them why they were reporting the other manager Absent With Out Leave. ( This sounds similar to the Corp’s AWOL.) The manager told Chenault that it was their duty as a federal employee to report any examples of fraud, waste, or mismanagement and they were doing so.

    And this is the kicker, Chenault told the manager to mind their own business, and that she would have people keep an eye on them, not on the manager who left, the manager who reported it. And my friend didn’t get this from the manager who Chenault yelled at, they got it from another manager that was meeting with Chenault who heard the whole thing and afterwards had the rest filled in by Chenault and who told them that “We need to keep an eye on _______.”

    That is some messed up s**t.

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    screen_name (Anonymous) says…

    littlebird, that doesn’t surprise me one bit. But if it was one of her buddies on campus tattling on one of the several very qualified people that she’s trying to get rid of, you can bet she would have given her buddy a reward and jumped on that info right away.

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    geekin_topekan (Anonymous) says…

    In the early days of Dr. Warner, I noticed that certain staff members who could rarely be found were suddenly becoming accessible. As a student I was pleasantly surprised to find that the staff people that I required to be present for business were actually at their posts and available.
    I believe that much of what haskellnews is reporting is that things have reversed into the old ways. You’re better off playing cat and mouse and “catching” the staff person(s) because you can bank on them not being at their desk during business ours, and phone calls and notes are ineffective.
    Seriously, how many off campus business meetings can those departments have in a week? 3-5 was the norm.

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