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



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