In a shocking move by Haskell Indian Nations University’s acting president Venita Chenault, haskellnews commentary has been informed that Dr. Chenault has taken the student senate building Stidham away from Haskell’s student senate.
The building was given to them to operate by Haskell Indian Nations University’s President Dr.Linda Sue Warner so that students could raise some money on their own and Haskell’s student senate be a little more self suffice.
The students have run the building without incident for the past two years and were planning to add a small store that would have items for Haskell students to purchase that are not available to them elsewhere on campus such as toiletries, at a reasonable cost.
The move is seen by many as just one more vindictive act by Dr. Chenault to remove any programs initiated by Dr.Warner at any cost, even to the Haskell students themselves.
Surely the Bureau of Indian Education in Washington D.C. cannot sanction this move.
Haskell is there to benefit it’s students and if there were any problems with the student senate running the building then for the sake of the students,The Bureau of Indian Education should be ordering Dr.Chanault to work with Haskell’s student senate and help them out anyway that she can or better yet detail Dr.Chenault as far away from Haskell as they can before there is nothing left of it and return Dr.Warner ASAP.
We wonder where Mr.Larry Echohawk is during all of this. First of all he left Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn a social worker in charge of Haskell and now he sit’s by and watches as Haskell is torn apart one program at a time by Venita Chenault.
Haskell’s reputation and programs are now being so badly damaged we fear it may never recover.
haskellnews commentary January 15, 2010