If Chief A.D. Ellis Can Do It, Why Can’t The Bureau of Indian Education?

“A.D. Ellis, the chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, recently fired the top two executives at the tribe’s economic development enterprise and dismissed four board members”. (Link:

We, applaud, Chief A.D. Elllis, for what was a hard thing to do.

Should, it really be this hard to get rid of people who need to go?

Apparently it is.

We have been calling for Haskell Indian Nations University Board of Regents President, George Tiger, to be removed for nearly a year (Hello, The Five Civilized Tribes who appointed him), and he is not the only person who needs to go.

Bureau of Indian Education( BIE), Washington, DC.,(Senior Executive Service) Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn needs to be sent back to social services, from which she came and where she can really help people. She will be the end of the two BIE colleges( Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute) , if left in charge of them much longer. Maybe, it is already too late.

How, hard is it for BIE people like Larry Echohawk, Keith O. Moore, and Michael Black, to call for an investigation of Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute? Not just one department, the entire operations of both schools.

They sit back and make deals with Nike, hold a P.R. campaign for Haskell ( that’s really going to fix things),and let Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn hold leadership conferences at Haskell (now there’s a joke) while their schools are falling apart.

Are they are that afraid to get rid of people who need to go? If so maybe they should be enlisting some help from Muscogee (Creek) Nation,Chief A.D. Ellis, Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Sam Brownback, Congress persons, Dennis Moore, Lynn Jenkins and New Mexico, Senator Tom Udall.

This morning haskellnews commentary received an e-mail from Senator Chuck Grassley, in part it said this: “Chuck Grassley was named the hardest working Member of Congress in The Hill newspaper today, based on a survey of lawmakers, aides and other officials. The Hill wrote that Grassley’s “work on government oversight remains consistent regardless of which party controls 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.” Maybe he can be added to the list of people who might help clear The BIE and Haskell of people it does not need.

In his book Standing for Something, former, LDS, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The problem with most of us is that we are afraid to stand up for what we believe, to be witnesses for what is true and right. We want to do the right thing, but we are troubled by fears. So we sit back, and the world drifts about us . .. ” (Link: voicesofcourage.byu.edu)

haskellnews commentary 6/09/2010.


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