BIE’S Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Has It’s Accreditation Withdrawn.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute( Sipi), in New Mexico, a National Indian Community College and Land Grant Institution serving American Indian and Alaskan Native students and Haskell Indian Nations University’s sister college, had it’s accreditation withdrawn on July 3th, 2010, by The Higher Leaning Commission. What this means for it’s current and future students, we do not know.

With Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn in control, will this also happen to Haskell Indian Nations University? After, all, Haskell already lost it’s accreditation visits for two of it’s new BA programs under the “leadership” of Stephanie Birdwell- Bighorn, it is time for Stephanie to go, before Native American education does.

Native American leaders and The U.S. Senate on Indian Affairs committee need to take a good look at this and ask some hard questions and demand some answers.

Like how did Stephanie get this job to begin with? She should have been disqualified for this job from the get go. You shouldn’t be able get a job like this because you married Spike Bighorn.

Why are unqualified people given jobs in Native American Education? When there are plenty of qualified Native American people applying for them (Harvard grads,etc).

In Native American education, do qualifications and experience in the field, give way to who you know? Or who you date? Or who you marry????

We would like to see Stephanie apply to run Kansas University, or the New Mexico school system. Do you think they would hire her? No. Then why did Native American students get stuck with her? Don’t they deserve better?

Surely, some Native American leader out there cares enough about their people’s education to call for Stephanie’s resignation.


haskellnews commentary
July 7, 2010.

CC: U.S. Senate on Indian Affairs: CC: United States Committee on Indian Affairs: Byron L. Dorgan, Chairman (ND) Daniel Inouye, Member (HI) Kent Conrad, Member (ND) Daniel Akaka, Member (HI) Tim Johnson, Member (SD) Maria Cantwell, Member (WA) Jon Tester, Member (MT) Tom Udall, Member (NM) Al Franken, Member (MN) John Barrasso, Vice Chairman (WY) John McCain, Member (AZ) Lisa Murkowski, Member (AK) Tom Coburn, Member (OK) Michael Crapo, Member (ID) Mike Johanns, Member (NE).

NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESIDENT Jefferson Keel Chickasaw NaDon FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT Juana Majel Dixon Pauma Band – Mission Indians RECORDING SECRETARY Theresa Two Bulls Oglala Sioux Tribe TREASURER W. Ron Allen lamestown S’Klallam Tribe REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENTS ALASKA William Martin Central Council Tlingit & Haida EASTERN OKLAHOMA Cara Cowan Watts Cherokee NaDon GREAT PLAINS Marcus D. Levings Mandan, Arikara and Hidarsa Nation MIDWEST Matthew Wesaw Pokagon Band of Potawatomie NORTHEAST lance Gumbs Shinnecock Indian Nation NORTHWEST Brian Cladoosby Swinomish Tribal Community PACIFIC Don Amold Scotts Valley Band of Porno Indians ROCKY MOUNTAIN Scoll Russell Crow Tribe SOUTHEAST Archie lynch Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe SOUTHERN PLAINS Robert Tippeconnic Comanche Nation SOUTHWEST JoeCarcia Ohkay Owingeh WESTERN Irene Cuch Ute Indian Tribe EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Jacqueline Johnson Pala Tlingit.

The Kansas Delegation: Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Sam Brownback, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Congressman Dennis Moore.

President of The United States: Barack Obama

We would also cc The Bureau of Indian Education people, but they don’t really seem to care about Native American Education.


2 responses to “BIE’S Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Has It’s Accreditation Withdrawn.

  1. geekin_topekan (anonymous) says…

    This has played out just as Haskellnews predicted. From the cancellation of the accreditation visit to the hiring of unqualified cronies as faculty. Perhaps lost accreditation would be the best thing for haskell at this point in time. The reform of haskell will have to be swift and final because the vultures are circling the prime real estate that is Haskell’s campus.

    These are dangerous times for Native American education. Gross mismanagement seems to be the common denominator to these unfortunate events.
    I pray for the future of Haskell and Indian education. Once all the money is pilfered, prayer is all the students will have left.

  2. sbobandme (anonymous) says…

    Gotta hand it to Haskell News. They have been right on the mark. It’s so sad, that Native Americans are once again neglected by The United States government.
    My wife and I don’t understand how this all could have happened in the first place, but they could at least get rid of Stephanie Birdwellhorn and others like her.

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