Haskell Indian Nations University student, Justin McGee dies on campus.

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Haskell Indian Nations University student, Justin McGee dies on campus.

Haskell Indian Nations University student, Justin McGee died on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus in Lawrence, Kansas, last Friday.

According to sources Justin was playing basketball at Tecumseh Hall, when he started to complain about not feeling well. He later collapsed and passed away.

Justin lived on the Haskell campus in Roe Cloud dorm.

It is unknown at this time if any Haskell staff or faculty were present at the time of the incident.

Our condolences go out to Justin’s family.

haskellnews commentary

April 19, 2011

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And the next President of Haskell Indian Nations University is ……

And the next President of Haskell Indian Nations University is ……

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) reportedly has a certificate with ten qualified applicants for President of Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas. Of course the best qualified, Chris Redman, is back in Oklahoma City and essentially no one is currently in charge of Haskell. Some insiders belief the Navajo female candidate will soon be named (this would keep resident female applicant from filing any sex discrimination complaint) and others believe long-time Lakota friend to Keith Moore will be hired following the practice of hiring his buddies. Or will Dr. Linda Sue Warner be reassigned back to Haskell? Any of these choices assures the Haskell campus that Venida Chenault (VCEM) is not going to legitimately seize the helm.

In the meantime, Dr. Lionnel Bordeaux has called for a special session on Haskell at American Indian Higher Education Consortium(AIHEC’s) upcoming meeting. AIHEC already has a formal resolution to remove Haskell from the BIE, and Dr. Bordeaux-once a Haskell Regent and most recently the convocation speaker for this semester, may be ready to get AIHEC to vote to cancel Haskell’s membership, since it and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) are the only tribal colleges that aren’t tribally operated and do not legally meet the definition of tribal college.

Tribal college presidents are used to fighting for their institutions, but usually it is against bureaucrats who reflect a tendency to interpret the world in terms of western and especially European or Anglo-American values and experiences and not like Haskell, where the leadership has to put up with a union that proposes to be so native that they don’t have to really work, and instructors (there are no Professors) on that campus, who pretend to instruct through internships where students don’t have to do anything except yell that they are native and have rights. That, by the way, is worth up to 8 credits.

It would be interesting to see what AIHEC presidents decide to do, especially since Dr. Bordeaux asked Haskell’s resident Indian expert, the only non-Indian who gets to decide what goes on there, Dr. Dan Wildcat to make a presentation. What will be telling is what Keith Moore decides since he has made no attempt to fix the real problem at Haskell.

haskellnews commentary 04/11/2011

Congratulations to The Bureau of Indian Education….they finally got rid of Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn!

Congratulations to The Bureau of Indian Education….they finally got rid of Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn!

Today as The National Congress of American Indians ( NCAI ) President Keel delivered The State of Indian Nations address, they also delivered this bit of news; Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn is no longer with the Bureau of Indian Education ( B.I.E.) she has moved on to the Bureau of Indian Affairs ( B.I.A.) Office of Veteran Affairs in Washington D.C.

We wish Stephanie the best, we really do, because we certainly don’t want her back at the B.I.E.

We want to congratulate whoever made this decision and we now hold high hopes that Venida Chenault will follow in Stephanie’s path, after all, isn’t helping veterans more along the lines of social work…. then trying and failing to run schools?

Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico…. Rejoice !!!!!

haskellnews commentary Jan 27, 2011

Dr. Linda Sue Warner leaves Haskell Indian Nations University; Accepts new post.

Dr. Linda Sue Warner has accepted a new post within the Bureau of Indian Education and resigned as President of Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas. The announcement was made earlier today by Mr. Larry Echohawk, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and months ago by George Tiger.

In the time that she was on campus, Dr. Warner tried to make vast improvements at Haskell, which were often met with criticism from The Haskell Board of Regents, who twice took a vote of no confidence against her. (We wonder how many times Dr. Warner took a vote of no confidence on them). However, this is a Board of Regents (many of whom themselves hold less then a bachelor’s degree and have been on Haskell’s board for way too many years), who since Dr.Warner’s departure from campus over a year ago, have stood by and let graduation rates drop to less than any other post-secondary institution we can find, the same Board of Regents that expected to get paid the minute they set foot on campus and the same Board that let the crime on Haskell’s campus get out of hand. You can thank Stephanie Birdwell and Larry Echohawk for supporting the Regents.

Improvements at Haskell somehow threatened them, and other members of the Haskell faculty (especially the ones who were called on the carpet for not doing their jobs).

Dr. Warner was way ahead of her time for the Haskell bureaucracy, at least she tried. Today the country will try to right itself as it elects new leaders; it is too late for Haskell and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

We tip our hats to Dr. Linda Sue Warner and wish her the best in her new endeavors.

haskellnews commentary Nov 02, 2010

Larry Echohawk’s Empty Promises.

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Quote from Larry Echohawk:“We have also made strides in improving the delivery of education to Indian country, both within the BIE’s 183 schools and two universities that serve more than 42,000 Indian students, and within the traditional public school system that serves 95 percent of Indian students”.

Really, Mr.Echohawk ? Ninety one percent of Haskell Indian Nations University students in Lawrence, Kansas are not graduating, crimes are high for such a small campus, and when Dr. Linda Sue Warner was detailed off of  The Haskell campus, leadership at Haskell went with her. Since, then, on almost a week by week, basis, Haskell has had new “Acting administers” and we are using that term loosely.

Quote from Larry Echohawk:“Improved public safety in Indian country is important to establish a climate where students can focus on their education and economic growth can take root. That is why we launched the most aggressive recruiting and hiring effort for BIA officers in history, to bridge the serious gap in officer staffing in Indian country”.

Improved public safety in Indian Country, should that not include Haskell Indian Nations University? The very university that Mr. Echohawk is in charge of ?  Or do American Indian students not count? Haskell’s safety officer, Debra Thompson is now gone from Haskell, her talents and skills lost to Haskell, forever. Is there now yet another acting???

Mr. Echohawk’s big tears and promises of help for Haskell apparently had no true meaning. What has he done for Haskell and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)? Detailed of one the best President’s Haskell Indian Nations University ever had, along with one of it’s best safety officers’ and teachers like Dr. Russell Blackbird, let graduation rates plumb it to almost zero, students are being raped and one even put into a coma, put Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn in charge of  The Bureau of Indian schools.

Let Southwestern Indian Polytechnic lose their accreditation!

Mr. Echohawk and Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn cut loose a lot of Haskell’s best employees and held on to a lot of the not so good ones, including it’s Board of Regents speared headed by George Tiger (for more information on Mr.Tiger go to: The voices of Courage .com) a lot of the board members (not all) only hold two years degrees, if that, and have been sitting this board for many years.

What do they do? Their traveling expenses to come to Haskell are paid for by Haskell, along with lodging and board (can some empty dorm rooms not to found for them? Can they not eat at Cutis)?  They are paid for their time there and ran to Wal-Mart by Haskell employees. All the while crying to The Haskell students, Haskell has no money!

What does Haskell’s Board of Regents do for the Haskell students? Take away four year degree programs and sometimes ride on a float….too bad they don’t just float off of the Haskell campus.

Who put Larry Echohawk in charge? Oh, yes, President Barack Obama, we would like to thank him too.

How big is a mess, when U.S. Senators have to become involved and try to clean it up?

By the way we sincerely want to thank Senator Pat Roberts who continues trying to clean up Larry Echohawk’s and Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn’s mess.

Keep crying Mr. Echohawk…your tears mean nothing anymore.

Larry Echohawk’s quotes and full article can be found at: http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/opinion/Restoring-the-trust-

haskellnews commentary

October 30, 2010.

Lack of Leadership at Haskell Indian Nations University Equals 11 Arrests in 4 1/2 weeks.

With no real leadership at the school, Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas has had eleven arrests in 4 1/2 weeks.

Haskell has an approximate enrollment of 950 students this semester.

Not a wonder Haskell has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country, at 9 percent. Those details were released in Washington Monthly’s list of 50 four-year public and private not-for-profit colleges with low graduation rates.

Is Haskell doomed to follow in the steps of its, sister college, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who lost accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission in July 2010?

Someone needs to be posing these questions to Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn, Deputy Director for Policy, Evaluations and Post-Secondary Education for The Bureau of Indian Education.

1. Booking#: 10-4344 Date/Time: 2010-09-16 15:10 CHRINumber: 68045

Name#: Name removed. 163592 Name:
11/12/1986 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; ROE CLOUD; RM 129B , Lawrence , 66044

2. Booking#: 10-4217 Date/Time: 2010-09-08 13:45 CHRINumber: 67994

Name#: Name removed. 163255 Name: DOB: 11/26/1988 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; ROE CLOUD HALL; RM 313 , Lawrence , 66046

3. Booking#: 10-4154 Date/Time: 2010-09-04 03:17 CHRINumber: 67967

Name#: Name removed. 163408 Name: DOB: 11/29/1991 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; ROE CLOUD HALL; RM 213 , Lawrence , 66047

4.Booking#: 10-4133 Date/Time: 2010-09-03 05:35 CHRINumber: 67958

Name#: Name removed. 163390 Name: DOB: 03/30/1992 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; ROE CLOUD; RM 1033 , Lawrence , 66044

5. Booking#: 10-4113 Date/Time: 2010-09-02 04:06 CHRINumber: 67947

Name#: Name removed. 163377 Name: DOB: 01/01/1990 Address: 155 INDIAN AV; OK HALL; RM 2021 , Lawrence , 66046

6.Booking#: 10-4034 Date/Time: 2010-09-01 12:30 CHRINumber: 61236

Name#: Name removed. 151241 Name: DOB: 04/12/1991 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; RM 2 , Lawrence , 66046

7.Booking#: 10-4082 Date/Time: 2010-08-31 05:34 CHRINumber: 63523

Name#: Name removed. 153724 Name: DOB: 09/29/1978 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; OK HALL RM 1095 , Lawrence , 66046

8.Booking#: 10-4050 Date/Time: 2010-08-29 02:03 CHRINumber: 67922

Name#: Name removed. 162782 Name: DOB: 11/18/1990 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; BLALOCK HALL , Lawrence , 66046

9. Booking#: 10-4034 Date/Time: 2010-08-28 06:45 CHRINumber: 61236

Name#: Name removed. 151241 Name: DOB: 04/12/1991 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; RM 2 , Lawrence , 66046

10. Booking#: 10-3858 Date/Time: 2010-08-20 10:05 CHRINumber: 66887

Name#: Name removed. 160544 Name: DOB: 09/25/1985 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE BLAYLOCK #110 , Lawrence , 66046

11. Booking#: 10-3854 Date/Time: 2010-08-20 03:04 CHRINumber: 67843

Name#: Name removed. 163147 Name: DOB: 10/29/1988 Address: 155 INDIAN AVE; RM 476 , Lawrence , 66047

haskellnews commentary Sept 22, 2010.

*haskellnews commentary removed the names of the students who were arrested and because of space issues, shorten the arrest reports, which may be read in full on the Douglas County ‘s Kansas Sheriff’s department’s site.

The Higher Commission Sites Lack Of Leadership At Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

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The Higher Commission sites Lack Of Leadership At Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

In a letter to Dr. Sherry Allison, president of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute ( SIPI). The Higher Learning Commission sites several factors that contributed to SIPI’s lost of accreditation including, but not limited to: “The college has had four presidents and four interim presidents in the past ten years, which is a pattern of turnover that has failed to provide stable, long term leadership for the college”.

In Larry Echohawk’s response he states” Sipi failed to meet the first four of five criteria the commission uses for all post secondary institutions”.

Read the full The Higher Learning Commission Letter, and Larry Echohawk’s letter to the tribes at: Link: http://www.bia.gov

Echo Hawk Addresses SIPI’s Change in Accreditation Status.