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Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 1990

HASKELL FORUM SET TO DISCUSS DEATHS

March 7, 1990

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Representatives of local law enforcement agencies are expected to attend a Haskell Indian Junior College forum Monday about the unsolved deaths of three young Indian men in Lawrence.

Haskell's student senate unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the forum in response to the recent death of Christopher Bread, whose body was found Friday on East 15th Street about a mile east of the Lawrence city limits.

The senate has invited Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson, Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin, Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jim Flory and members of the Kansas University Student Senate to the forum. The public also is encouraged to attend the forum, which will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Coffin Sports Complex at Haskell.

Anderson, who is leading the investigation into Bread's death, said he would attend the forum, as did Olin.

Olin, who had not yet been told of the forum, said "I'll be glad to come," but added that he would not be able to comment about a continuing investigation.

Flory could not be reached for comment today.

GEORGE AMOS, a Haskell student and a member of the senate's executive board, originally proposed the forum.

"Our only purpose is to provide a forum where we can address some issues and concerns," Amos said. "We deserve some answers. As leaders on this campus, as students and as community members, we need to take action on this."

Bread was the third Indian to die in one and a half years in Lawrence. The two others were Cecil Dawes Jr., 21, in October 1989 and John Sandoval, 19, who disappeared in November 1988 and was found dead in April 1989.

The senate originally voted to have the forum Friday, but several members were against having the forum so soon after Bread's death.

Cynthia Grant, executive board member, strongly disagreed with the original decision to have the forum Friday.

"The Breads haven't even had a chance to mourn the death of their son," Grant said. "I'm not against a forum. I'm against having it on Friday."

The college has planned a campus memorial service for Bread at 8 a.m. Friday. Both of his parents are instructors at Haskell.

Bob Martin, president of Haskell, said today that he supported the forum. Classes will be canceled, he said.

"I THINK it's very good that the students are approaching this with spirit and enthusiasm," Martin said. "This is a community problem. This is not just an Indian problem. It is not just a Haskell problem. The community needs to get together to discuss this. I support whatever the students decide."

The senate also appointed a committee Tuesday to create an agenda for the community forum. It is meeting at 5 p.m. today.

Capt. Marilyn Malson of the sheriff's department said today that there is no new information to release about the investigation into Bread's death. She said investigators have followed 87 leads so far and were following new leads today.

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