Funding is once again being cut at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Funding is once again being cut at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

On Native America Calling:

“Current Events – Funding is once again being cut at Haskell, this time to the peril of several sports teams. But one group is banding together to raise the funds to keep athletics going at Haskell”.

What can we say? Congratulations to Venida Chenault?

Link: www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/haskellnews/2011/feb/28/breaking-newshaskell-indian-nations-univ

Link: http://64.38.12.138/

Or go to 04/05/2011 Indianz.com

haskellnews commentary 04/05/2011

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Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, lands on CBS Money Watch Hall of Shame.

Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas,  lands on CBS Money Watch Hall of Shame.

For the second time in less than a year (Feb 2, 2011) Haskell Indian Nations University has been placed on a list of the top 25 universities with the lowest graduation rates in the country. This time earning its place in CBS Money Watch Hall of Shame, after earning it’s spot at # 14 on the list with a one percent graduation rate. Down from a previously reported nine percent graduation rate from Washington Monthly’s worst college rankings (www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings_2010).

Lynn O’Shaughnessy a contributor for CBS Money Watch made the discovery after researching the federal education database called IPEDS.

She States” you are probably more likely to find a $100 bill laying on the sidewalk than earn a diploma from these schools in four years” and “These schools surely have not shown an institutional will to help students actually earn degrees, which makes me wonder what purpose they serve.

We too would like to know what purpose Haskell serves, when they are only graduating one percent of their students.

For more information: moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/blog/college-solution/25-universities-with-the-worst-graduation-rates

Photo used with permission of  Ms. Lynn O’Shaughnessy

haskellnews commentary

02/03/2011

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.

Questions For Members of The U.S. Senate on Indian Affairs.

To the members of The U.S. Senate on Indian Affairs, and The Kansas Delegation: Senator Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, Congressman Dennis Moore, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.
And: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama, we pose these questions:

Why does the The Bureau of Indian Education employ people who are under qualified for the jobs they hold?

Take for example Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn who is in charge of The Bureau of Indian Education schools.
Stephanie only hold’s a master’s in social work and no experience in education.
How did she get that job?
It is not a wonder that Southwestern Indian Polytechnic is now on the cusp of losing their accreditation.
How can Stephanie possibly be the boss of people who are more educated then she is? And have actual years of experience in the field of education.
This would not happen in any other school system.

And what about the candidates for the The Bureau of Indian Education director’s job?
At least one had a Ph.D from Harvard and two other’s from Penn State.
Some pretty impressive people applied for that job and a man with a master’s degree is chosen. Why?
Not that we have anything against Keith O.Moore, it just does not make sense.

And while unfortunately, it looks like Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute is in big trouble, let’s not let Haskell Indian Nations University fall into that same dark nonredeemable fate. Someone needs to bring back Haskell’s detailed President Dr.Warner. Like or dislike her, what cannot be argued is how highly educated and qualified she is to run Haskell. Like the changes she was making at Haskell, or not (and those who didn’t were mainly a handful of employees who did not want to work) Dr.Warner was making changes for the best educational needs of the students.

We think that all of this merits looking into.

CC:
Senators on The Indian Affairs Committee:
Byron L. Dorgan, Chairman (ND)
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)
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)

haskellnews commentary, Would like to thank: Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Tom Udall for all of their hard work in helping Native Americans to have a better education.

haskellnews commentary
June 25, 2010