Standards, Standards, Standards..At Haskell Indian Nations University?

Teachers are mentors for many college students. Most students are away from home for the first time, and may look to teachers for structure, guidance and a bit of reassurance during times of homesickness. Some even develop crushes on their teachers.

To be a professional teacher it is important to understand these things, especially while guiding a lonesome, perhaps homesick college student. A teacher must remain a professional and maintain professional standards.

This would not include teachers sleeping with their students. Teachers giving students grades they do not deserve for personal pet reasons, or teachers giving bad grades to student who do deserves a good grade, because they can, for whatever reason, political, ideological or personal.

All of this would fall under normal guidelines for teachers. However, when you are teacher at a Federal, United States Government school the guidelines are much stricter.

Federal employees are not to influx their personal political beliefs onto their students. They are not to recruit them off of federal campuses to go to places like Palestine. (Title 22: Foreign Relations PART 1203—EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT Subpart B—Ethical and Other Conduct and Responsibilities of Employees).

As an example, we will use Julia Goodfox (Crazyhair): Is Federal funding being well spent on federal teachers who promote radical views or agendas? Are professional standards being exercised where student safety is concerned?

Julia Good Fox, Pawnee, describes the parallels between the ongoing genocide in Palestine, carried out by Israel with US support, and the genocide of Native Americans by the colonizers of the US.( Link Is this a part of Haskell Indian Nations University curriculum or is it this an example of a personal agenda?

Last summer some Haskell Indian Nations University Students went to Palestine. Did Julia Goodfox go with them? Nope, she sent them without her to one of the dangerous places in the world:

The Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine, the first-ever delegation of its kind, is scheduled for August 2009. Youth leaders from grassroots indigenous groups in the US, namely Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG) Magazine, Huaxtec, and Native students at Haskell University.Link

And from the Office of United States Senator Pat Roberts: Since Israel’s withdraw, over 6,000 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza into Israeli territory. These rockets threaten the lives of civilians on a daily basis. Only advances security efforts by Israel’s defense forces keep Hamas from successfully killing hundreds of Israelis.

From The United States State Department: Travel Warning United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Washington, DC 20520 August 14, 2009 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, and about threats to themselves and to U.S. interests in those locations. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to remain mindful of security factors when planning travel to Israel and the West Bank and to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip. This warning replaces the Travel Warning issued January 15, 2009, to update information on the general security environment in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

Isn’t “Safety first,” for each student, a professional standard any longer? What about legal liability issue, if a student had been killed or injured while disregarding Department of State warnings? Who would pay for such a trip?

Is this an example of another questionable Haskell Indian Nations University student trip? If so, who would finance this type of trip?

Dear Friend, Over the past few months, you have heard the mainstream media accounts of Israel’s most recent massacres of Palestinian people; you have pieced together the diluted news reports of Israeli terror, knowing perhaps as you do so, that the “facts” that you hear on the news are but a minuscule scratch on the surface of a truth so horrific that it seems unreal. From: from the sponsors of The Sixth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week 2010.

Event: LIVE ART DISPLAY: MOCK APARTHEID WALL ON LOW PLAZA Throughout the week, we will be displaying a *mock Israeli Apartheid Wall in the middle of Low Plaza. On Monday, a local artist will design a mural on the wall in order to showcase the power of art as resistance, which has been utilized on the REAL Apartheid Wall throughout the West Bank. Date/Time: Monday, March 1st – Friday, March 5th: Monday (11am-5pm), Tuesday-Thursday (12-3pm) Event: Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide Ben White, Author and Freelance Journalist Anjali Kamat, Democracy Now! Andrew Kadi, Activist from Adalah-NY Date/Time: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 7:30pm Location: 420 West 118th street, NY, NY 10027, Room 417 Altschul Auditorium Sponsoring Organizations: Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP), ASA, TURATH, ISO, CCAW, SDS, Adalah-NY, Codepink, and others Event: A NIGHT FOR GAZA Lamis Deek, Dima Abi Saab and Poetry by Tahani Salah Date/Time: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 5:30pm Location: Brooklyn College, Penthouse (7th Floor), SUBO Sponsoring Organizations: The Palestinian Club at Brooklyn College Event: Occupation and Resistance from Palestine to Turtle Island An evening of stories, video, music, discussion, and strategizing with 7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries -STUDENTS from HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY recently returned from PALESTINE Date/Time: Wednesday March 3, 7-9 PM Location: American Indian Community House, 11 Broadway, 2nd floor, 5 train to Bowling Green/R to Whitehall/1 to South Ferry Sponsoring Organizations: Palestine Education Project and American Indian Community House
Event: The Indigenous Struggle: A Call for the Boycott of Israel A panel discussion on indigenous connections between Palestinians, South Africans, and Native Americans, and their joint call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions [BDS] against Israel. Featuring a member of the Indigenous Delegation to Palestine, Zackie Achmat, a prominent South African anti-apartheid activist, and Nada Khader, the director of WESPAC. Date/Time: Thursday, March 4th at 7:00PM Event: A MOVING PROCESSION TO PROTEST THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER OF “THE FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES” (IDF)

It is important to every parent and citizen to know that their student is in a professional environment. A place where safety, structure and professional standards are exercised. If Haskell Indian Nations University is mentoring an extreme ideology it should be part of their College Mission Statement for their Parent College Brochure Guide.

Is this how The Bureau of Indian Education is allowing their students to be mentored/educated?

We wonder if someone at DHS should be interested in these activities of Julia Goodfox’s?

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts arranges for visit to Haskell Indian Nations University by Mr. Larry Echohawk.

Senator Pat Roberts along with the rest of The Kansas Delegates including: Senator Sam Brownback, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, and Congressman Dennis Moore,have arranged for a visit by Mr. Larry Echohawk ( Interior Department’s 11th Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs) to Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas this coming Thursday or Friday ( April 1st or 2nd).

Senator Pat Roberts seems to have done the impossible and we credit his strong work ethic with getting this visit accomplished.

Mr.Echohawk was sworn into office May 22, 2009.

We are looking forward to, and are hopeful that with Mr. Echohawk’s upcoming visit that he will be able look into, and identify many of the issues and problems facing Haskell Indian Nations University today.

We would like to encourage those of you who have frequently ask the writers of this blog when a visit by Mr. Echohawk to The Haskell Campus would be occurring, to make time and try to speak with him.

We would also encourage you NOT to let the current actings take control of this visit, nor to depend on them for the exact dates and times that Mr. Echohawk will be on the Haskell campus.

Try calling Nedra Darling at 202-219-4152 for the dates and times of his visit then try to set up meetings with him for yourselves.

We would like to point out a few issues that we feel that Mr.Echohawk should look into:

Why was the leadership at Haskell so abruptly dissolved?

Who and why canceled Haskell’s two new Bachelor’s Programs?

How is course content evaluated?

Why were Dr. Linda Sue Warner (Haskell Indian University President) and Dr. Jeff Hamley ( Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute President ) given specific directives (do it or get fired ) from at that time actings Stephanie Birdwell and Kevin Skenandore to write a letter to congress canceling the demonstration projects on their campuses?

Why does the Bureau of Indian Education continue to hire unqualified people?

Why does no one ever follow up on independent investigations with findings for discipline or removel of Haskell Employees?

Why does the Haskell Board of Regents not have accountability to tribes?

Why does The Haskell Union get to run the campus?

Where does the kitchen get all of the monies they are presently spending?

Why are major initiatives like Healthier Haskell and the Red Center not presently being funded?

Why does Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn get to spent Haskell’s monies on travel for her non-Haskell staff?

Why does The Bureau of Indian Education encourage an organizational climate of bullying?

Why was Personnel and Financial supervision removed from the Haskell president ?

Why is the current acting administration allowed to return grant monies to granting agencies?

What is Mr.Echohawk going to do to ensure the safety of Haskell students?

Is Mr.Echohawk intending to close Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and Haskell Indian Nations University by creating issues in accreditation by having an unqualified director in post secondary and allowing her to micro-manage? Actions prohited by North Central Accreditation.

Why does Bureau of Indian Education personnel help employees fill out unemployment papers, when they get grants that they could use to buy out their time with? Then don’t report the grants to unemployment. Isn’t that unemployment fraud?

Why doesn’t Mr.Echohawk have a Forensic Audit from Oct 2009 to current of Haskell Appropriates and The Haskell Student Bank?

What is Mr.Echohawk going to do to support the current formally elected student senate on such issues as Stidham Union, access to their student fees, etc?

What is Mr.Echohawk going to do about the consistent and repeated violates of : Title 22: Foreign Relations PART 1203—EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT Subpart B—Ethical and Other Conduct and Responsibilities of Employees: By Haskell Employees?

What is Mr.Echohawk going to do about Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn violating the negotiated bargaining agreement, by changing students schedules when she canceled all those classes?

Why has Mike Lewis been allowed to leave $40K from Creek Nation that still sits untouched in the Student Bank, for nearly FIVE years?

What are the primary benefits of a union in an educating setting?

We offer up this schedule for Mr. Echohawk:

9:00 A.M. Talk with Dr. Linda Sue Warner on how to run a university from 10,000 miles away.

10 A.M. How to explain the definition of academic incest with Venida Chenault.

11 A.M. How to disregard all federal rules on Political activities abroad (The Hatch Act) with Crazyhair.

12:00 P.M. Lunch with Barbara Stumblingbear: How to have a high calorie lunch or wiennes with no bun on federal funds.

1:00 P.M.Talk with Theresa Milk on “How not to become Repossessed when you don’t pay your Exorcist”.

2:00 P.M. Meet Mike Tossee on “How to get paid time off for never finishing your Ph.D.for years and years”.

3:00 Seminar by Dan Wildcat on “How to claim you are a climate control expert and get grants when you have no expertise in that field”.

4:00 Speak with Mike Tosee and Kay Hayes on “How to get unemployment benefits and grants at the same time with help from government personnel”.

5:00 Seminar by George Tiger “How to help yourself to free travel on Haskell’s monies for 25 years”.

Again we applaud Senator Pat Roberts for all the hard work that he has done in order to arrange this visit while trying to help Haskell Indian Nations University during this time of uncertain leadership at the school.

haskellnews commentary 03/29/2010.

Is Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas in compliance with federally mandated laws?

s Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas in compliance with these two federally mandated safety laws?

From Cornell School of law: § 930. Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities (a) Except as provided in subsection (d), whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility (other than a Federal court facility), or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both. (b) Whoever, with intent that a firearm or other dangerous weapon be used in the commission of a crime, knowingly possesses or causes to be present such firearm or dangerous weapon in a Federal facility, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both. (c) A person who kills any person in the course of a violation of subsection (a) or (b), or in the course of an attack on a Federal facility involving the use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be punished as provided in sections 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1117. Link:

And The:

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it. Violators can be “fined” up to $27,500 by the U.S. Department of Education, the agency charged with enforcement of the Act and where complaints of alleged violations should be made, or face other enforcement action. New Campus Security Regulations Published New federal regulations dealing with campus emergencies, fire safety, hate crimes and missing students were published on October 29th by the U.S. Department of Education. The new rules take effect in 2010 and implement laws enacted in 2008 including amendments to the Jeanne Clery Act adopted in the wake of the shootings at Virginia Tech and other campuses.

The rules, which were published along with other guidelines dealing with federal student aid programs, can be read in either text or PDF formats by clicking here. Security On Campus will provide analysis and additional information about these new regulations in the coming week.

To report crime to The Jeanne Clery Organization: This is NOT an emergency number, for emergencies please call 911. Security On Campus, Inc. 133 Ivy Lane, Suite 200 King Of Prussia, PA 19406-2101 Toll Free: (888) 251-7959 Office: (610) 768-9330 Fax: (610) 768-0646 Link:

Last week Haskell’s security was seen carrying nun chucks, blades and swords from Blalock Residential Hall to Roe Cloud Residential Hall.

We pose the following questions:

What were these types of weapons even doing on The Haskell Campus?

Was The Lawrence Police Department called?

Were the weapons turned over to The Lawrence Police Department?

Was the Haskell’s safety officer notified? Or does Haskell even have a safety officer?

Did anyone contact the Jeanne Cleary Organization? Since Haskell receives federal student aid they should have.

If that were not enough a fight occurred in the early morning hours at Haskell’s Roe Cloud- Blalock parking lot last week.

Police and EMS were called, a student was hurt.

Good thing none of those weapons that had been confiscated earlier in the week were readily available to any of those involved in that altercation.

We pose the following questions:

Is Haskell following it’s own housing polices? (See Haskell News Commentary March 16, 2010).

What happened to the students involved in the altercation? Are they still on the Haskell campus?

All of Haskell’s departments need to work together to ensure the safety of Haskell’s students. Are they?

Is Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence Kansas Breaking Federal Safety Laws?

Haskell Indian Nations University’s acting president Venida Chenault and Bureau of Indian Education’s Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn, needs to get a handle on all of this and make sure federal policies are being followed.

Haskellnews commentary 03/28/2010

Breaking News from Haskell News Commentary

Haskell News Commentary has received the following documents pertaining to Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas.

We would like to thank the following people for this new turn of events: The Department of Interior for putting unqualified people in charge of Haskell Indian Nations University and keeping them there such as: Bart Stevens: Acting director of the Bureau of Indian Education, Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn: Deputy Director for policy, evaluation and post secondary education, and her crew at Haskell Indian Nations University: Venida Chenault:Haskell’s Acting President, Dan Wildcat : The man who canceled Haskell’s two new BA programs.

While running out (or allowing them to be ran out) the qualified faculty at Haskell such as Dr.Russell Blackbird,or Dr.Linda Sue Warner.

And Haskell’s own FEDERATION OF INDIAN SERVICE EMPLOYEES – AFT – AFL/CIO, Local 4524, who abused their power and ran wildly out of control, while Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn did nothing to stop them.

We are sure that our readers can post specific examples of illegal and unethical behaviors by Haskell Indian Nations University employees so that The Indian organizations can begin to lobby congress to remove these two institutions (you will see Sipi is also on the list) from The Department of Interior’s oversight.

United Tribes of North Dakota
RESOLUTION ENTITLED: Urging U.S. Congress to Enact Legislation Permitting Intertribal Control of Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
RESOLUTION No. 10-03-01
WHEREAS, United Tribes of North Dakota( United Tribes) is an association of the five federally recognized Tribes located in North Dakota, each of which has a government-to-government relationship with the U.S. established by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, The Spirit Lake Tribe and The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, with a Board of Directors composed of the Chairman and one council member from each tribe: and
WHEREAS, United Tribes exists to assist in furthering the common goals of the North Dakota Indian Tribes and Nations: and
WHEREAS, Through it’s unique relationship with Indian Nations and the tribes, the federal government has established programs and resources to meet the educational needs of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, residing on and off their reserved or non-reserved homeland: and
WHEREAS, Among those institutions now operated by the BIE within the U.S. Dept. of Interior, are Haskell Indian Nations University, Est’ 1884, located in Lawrence, Kansas and The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institution, Est’ 1971, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico: and
WHEREAS, Both of these institutions have developed generally good reputations for high quality education and have assisted thousands of graduates to become successful citizens of their respective Tribal Nations and of The United States: and
WHEREAS, Tribal control of higher education institutions that primarily serve Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians has long been shown to be an effective mechanism for governance of these institutions, including the 35 Tribal colleges, along with United Tribe Technical College and Navajo Technical College and most recently, The Institute of American Indian Arts located in Santa Fe, New Mexico: and
WHEREAS, Haskell Indian Nations University has suffered both irreputation and enrollment, from recent turmoil at the University, and by failure of The BIE to provide the leadership needed to ensure quality education and stable governance at Haskell in recent years:and
WHEREAS, The most recent evidence of the problems at Haskell Indian Nations University is a press release issused March 2,2010, from the two U.S. Kansas Senators Pat Roberts(R-KS) and Sam Brownback( R-KS) and two U.S. Congressman from Kansas, Rep. Lynn Jenkins(R-KS) and Dennis Moore( D-KS), which cites a letter these individuals sent to Sec. of The Interior Ken Salazar that states among other things The lawmakers assert that there appears to be “no clear line of authority” at either Haskell or the Bureau of Indian Education, which also is part of Interior.“We have been unable to determine who is in charge,” they said, in their letter. “The resulting lack of leadership has caused chaos and confusion to the detriment of HINU employees and the students, who are our primary concern.”
WHEREAS, Sippi has had a series of leaders over the past ten years and it, too, has suffered because of a lack of leadership at The BIE caused by political turnover in top political positions within and Dept of Interior and:
WHEREAS,Both HINU and SIPI serve American Indians and Alaska Natives from amny federally recognized Tribal Nations throughout the U.S. and have advisory boards with little or no power or influence in the management of these institutions; and
WHEREAS, IAIA, another post-secondary institution operated primarily with funds from the Dept of Interior, was granted the ability to govern itself by the U.S. Congress in 1992 and is governed by a diverse Board of Trustees, a majority of whom must be Native American or Alaska Natives from Federally recognized Indian Tribes: and
WHEREAS, Given existing problems at both HINU and SIPI, a similar governing structure to IAIA should be developed for HINU and SIPIU, and appropriate congressional American Indians and Alaska Natives with a vested interest in good management of these institutions, in a manner similar to how contracts are performed under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975. and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of United Tribes of North Dakota hereby directs it’s Executive Director to ensure that the present U.S. Presidential Administration and appropriate U.S.Congressional leaders and committee Chairman receive a copy of this Resolution and to use appropriate resources to work towards the goal of the Resolution until it is accomplished by The U.S. Congress; and:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution shall remain the policy of United Tribes of North Dakota until the policy goal expressed herein is accomplished I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was duly passed at a meeting of The United Tribes of North Dakota Board of Directors at which quorum was present, held on the 12th day of March 2010, in Bismarck, North Dakota with a vote of 7 in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstaining, and 3 not present.
Myra Pearson
Board of Directors
United Tribes of North Dakota
Charles W.Murphy
Secretary Pro Tem,
Board of Directors
United Tribes of North Dakota


What does it take to “rename” an institution?

We suggest that Haskell Indian Nations University be renamed The Venida Chenault University featuring The Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn School of Social Work Drama.

This suggestion comes after repeated notes to us that the standard line now from university officials is that decisions are made “in the best interest of the university.”

This is a little rough, since we thought that decisions were made for students, and that may be where we got off on the wrong track.

So, decisions like canceling programs (not an opinion, but a fact) and limiting opportunities (not an opinion, but a fact) and running off highly qualified personnel (not an opinion, but a fact) were made for the best interests of Chenault-Birdwell-Bighorn University because it sure didn’t do the students any good.

Limiting access to congressionals by not allowing Student Senate President Janice Mendez, to travel to:

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium, probably for the same reason.

Oh yeah, don’t forget the bun less hot dogs.

Haskellnews commentary


Another day in the Haskell Indian Nations University’s, Lawrence, Ks. neighborhood….

Another day in the Haskell Indian Nations University’s, Lawrence, Ks. neighborhood….

Haskell Indian Nations University administration (well, mostly the ACTING like an administration) Venida Chenault and Dan Wildcat managed to pull off yet another prohibited personnel practice.

What you ask, is a prohibited personnel practice? Well that is when government officials actually know the rules and ignore them because the Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn’s of the world and the Kay Hayes’ of the world don’t make them follow the rules OR more likely, they don’t know themselves.

Back to the interviews on campus for the Vice President of University Services (and thanks to the multitude of readers who provided comments to add to our own comments).


It is a prohibited personnel practice to tell someone they CAN NOT apply for a job. Immediately Chenault is off to a bad start. The process is tainted even before candidates show up on campus. (If you are a candidate and you do not get the job, you have a complaint here she can not win because people do not lie under oath…..well, most normal people).

It is a prohibited personnel practice to answer questions for a candidate. The candidates can answer their own questions or just say that they don’t know. Dan Wildcat and Venida Chenault can not answer questions for their friend (because he’s George Tiger’s friend) if they do not interrupt and answer questions for other candidates. They really should have helped Karen Gillis out, we all were embarrassed by her lack of ability to articulate why she didn’t clean up student services when she had the chance. (If you are a candidate and you do not get the job, you have a complaint against these two for disparate treatment).

Why would Venida Chenault ask the audience for questions and then be mad when they asked them? Sounds faintly familiar to a Kevin Skenandore case that was reviewed by an outside agency and by all appearances deemed illegal. (If you are an employee and are retaliated against, you can file a hostile work environment complaint).

But moving right along…..

By listing herself as President of Haskell in the NAIA materials for all the world to see, Dr. Chenault has AGAIN committed academic misconduct. No school should ever hire her now. Hopefully her tribe treats her better than she treats officials there.

And now….

What about the new hire? Stephen Prue former Haskell student ( can Haskell please bring in some outsiders, like most other universities do)? Newly hired as The Executive Assistant to Haskell Indian Nations University’s President. Funny since the president isn’t even on the campus right now!

So an executive assistant can be hired, but the two new BA programs can’t even be put back into place? Out of what monies is this person being paid?

We would like to know who hired him? And why is any hiring going on when most of Haskell’s current administration are ACTINGS and bad ones at that.

haskellnews commentary 03/20/2010

Haskell Indian Nations University incident leaves student in coma.

On March 5th, 2010 Haskell News Commentary reported that crimes and more dangerous crimes are taking place on The Haskell Indian Nations University Campus, in Lawrence, Kansas, since the School’s President Dr.Linda Sue Warner was detailed off campus by Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn.

We realize that crimes happen in colleges across the United States, but to have so many at such a small school ( current enrollment around 750- 800) happening this frequently not only fills us with apprehension about the crimes themselves, but also Veinda Chenault, (Haskell Indian Nations University’s current acting president) and her inability to NOT handle The Haskell Campus ( we’ve all seen the list-serve ) but her lack of sufficient ability to handle her own emotions, thoughts, lies and bullying when she becomes upset.

The fact that incidents like this one are not handled correctly, don’t surprise us, but we have grave concerns for the students safety who are currently on the Haskell campus.

This incident happened at Haskell’s Osceola and Keokuk Halls, during the day.

We will not go into all of the details except to say one person was arrested and his victim spend 2-3 weeks in a coma.

The victim’s present condition is unknown to haskellnews commentary.

The disconcerting thing is how the incident was handled by both the dorm staff and the current ACTING administration at Haskell Indian Nations University, including Venida Chenault.(We know when Dr.Warner was on the Haskell campus she put out a memo that all major dorm incidents were to be reported to her directly by housing and that she was frequently seen at the dorms, even late at nights).

With Venida Chenault in charge the Haskell campus is an apparent free for all.

Let us step back a moment and see how the dorm staff handled this incident.

Wanda who usually works the day shift, had that day off, working her hours that day is a woman we will call H.B.

H.B. is to report any major dorm incidents to Wanda (log them in the log book, then immediately contact the housing supervisors, at which time H.B. is required to fill out a CRITICAL INCIDENT FORM ) but instead it was Wanda’s sister and brother in-law who happen to be listening to a police scanner and called Wanda to see what was going on at the dorm.

“Memo” written by Tom Spotted Horse Supervisory College Residence Asst. Dated October 3, 2010. A REMINDER: When ever the Lawrence Police Dept. is called to the campus you need to inform the President’s Office of the situation. Sometimes a student may call the police themselves. If you do not know the reason(s) why the police is on the campus, please inquire as to the circumstances. If the Presidents Office is closed, send an email right away before you shift is over and give an assessment of the event. Remember to “cc” the email sent to the VP of Student Affairs, Mr. Tucker and myself. If it is a critical incident, a Critical Incident Form needs to be completed and signed. This is also for medical emergencies and for responses by the Fire Dept. Anytime a student is transported to the emergency room a Medical Emergency Form needs to be filled out and completed for review. I CANNOT STRESS how important this is. If your office does not have the forms, get one from another building. However, every office should have these forms.

Thank you,

Tom Spotted Horse, Supervisory College Residence Asst.

Since Wanda had not been called, she called H.B., who was blissfully unaware that anything was wrong at the dorm including that the police were on second floor.

Great dorm staff!

(Dorm staff complained about their working environment to Dr.Warner??? Oh please)!!

What about the safety environment the dorm staff are SUPPOSE to provide for the students?

They are NOT suppose to be sitting around ordering pizzas, playing games on the computer, sleeping, making blankets, shopping at Wal-Mart, etc, and all the other non related job things that they do while on duty at Haskell.

No wonder they complained about a bad work environment, under Dr.Warner she actually made them work!

The dorms all keep something called a log book which they are to record any dorm incidents in. Are these public records? If not they should be. The public has a right to know.

haskellnews commentary poses this question…was anything written down in the log book by H.B. about this incident that left a student IN A COMA?

Who called the police? Was it dorm staff? Was it Venida Chenault? Was Venida Chenault ever on the scene?

Who called the students parents? Was it dorm staff? Was it Venida Chenault? Was Venida Chenault ever on the scene?

Who were the first people on the scene to help the victim? Was it dorm staff? Was it Venida Chenault? Was Venida Chenault ever on the scene?

And as is protocol was Washington D.C.’s Bureau of Indian Education/ Indian Affairs notified?

Or was it simply kept quite in hopes that the outside world would not hear about it?

Which of course the outside world did.

Here is a copy of the arrest record:

Booking#: 10-0774 Date/Time: 2010-02-19 19:15 CHRINumber: 66717 Name#: 160198 Name: MATHEW JEFFREY PENDLETON DOB: 05/21/1982 Address: 1722 W 24TH ST, APT 23 , Lawrence , 66046 Arrest#:17668 Arrest Type: PCA Arrest by:Cobb M Loc of arrest:155 INDIAN AVE Agency:Haskell Indian Nations University.Lawrence, Kansas LKPD Case:02101900 Offense#: 21-3414 Date: 2010-02-19 19:15 statute: 21-3414 – Agg Battery None Disp: court: DIV1 Jud. Status: PRET Case: 10CR264 Bonds#:21381 Req. Amount:$75000 Req. Clr: Desc:$75,000 C/S COMMENTS DO NOT RETURN TO OK HALL, HASKELL UNIVERSITY NC W/ALLEGED VICTIMS G.F., Y.B., C.W. Mon Feb 22 16:38:38 CST 2010/S388 $25,000 C/S COMMENTS DO NOT RETURN TO OK HALL, HASKELL UNIVERSITY NC W/ALLEGED VICTIMS G.F., Y.B., C.W. Sat Fe

We wish for the victim a full and speedy recovery.

haskellnews commentary 03/16/2010