Twenty years ago, the football coach of Haskell Indian Junior College asked Chris Schenkel, an ABC sports broadcaster, to speak at an athletic banquet.
"I've been coming back ever since," Schenkel said Friday during a luncheon for the Haskell Foundation at the college. "I spoke when they celebrated the centennial and they asked me to join the board of the foundation."
The broadcaster, who is celebrating 40 years with ABC and his 50th year in broadcasting, can't officially claim Indian ancestry, but he's been made an honorary member of several tribes.
He also has become a Haskell cheerleader.
"This is quite a place," Schenkel said. "It does so much good. This school encourages traditions and cultures, instead of stifling them. Because the students are helped here, they can help others. Haskell has created a tradition of that."
The Haskell Foundation, Schenkel said, is a type of sounding board for the Haskell president and the school's Board of Regents.
The Haskell Foundation is a not-for-profit support organization for the school and is designed to receive gifts and donations from individuals and private and public organizations.