Several events have been scheduled in conjunction with commencement at Haskell Indian Junior College.
Haskell's commencement will be 10 a.m. May 8 and will feature Wilma Mankiller, chief of the Cherokee Nation, as the keynote speaker. The school's annual spring powwow will be May 8-10 at Haskell Stadium. As part of a yearlong series of events aimed at increasing awareness about Native American cultures and contributions, the powwow was moved to the stadium to highlight the contributions Native Americans made to the school.
Native Americans raised money for the stadium and built the facility.
The powwow starts at 7 p.m. May 8 and continues through commencement weekend. On May 9, it begins at noon and on May 10 it begins at 1 p.m.
Other events during commencement are:
Wednesday and next Thursday: Haskell's Board of Regents will meet on campus.
10 a.m. Thursday: The Haskell Alumni Assn. will dedicate the school's new entrance sign on 23rd Street.
1:30 p.m. Thursday: A reception will be held at the Haskell Health Center for graduates in the dental assisting program.
2 p.m. Thursday: Steve Jansen, director of Watkins Community Museum, will speak about the history of Haskell, one of the nation's oldest federally operated institutions, at Hiawatha Hall, which is the home of Haskell's new Welcome Center.
6 p.m. next Thursday: The alumni association will hold a banquet and dance at the Days Inn, 2309 Iowa.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8: Registration for alumni and visitors at the Welcome Center in Hiawatha Hall.
1:30 p.m. May 8: The board of directors for the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame will meet in the Navarre Hall conference room.
2 p.m. May 8: The Haskell Foundation will meet in Stidham Union.
7 a.m. May 9: A fun run in memory of Kim Tracy, a Haskell student who was killed in an automobile accident, will feature a one-mile and 5K course in five age groups. The race will start at Haskell's cross country track, which is west of Blalock Hall.
8 a.m. to noon May 9: Registration for alumni and visitors at the Welcome Center.
8:30 a.m. May 9: Haskell's National Alumni Assn. will meet in the Navarre Hall conference room.
10 a.m. May 9: Haskell will sponsor a parade in downtown Lawrence. Parade participants will include dancers representing various tribes attending the powwow and organizations representing Haskell.